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The institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM) at UC San Diego was formed in 2008 to unite outstanding faculty in engineering, medicine, pharmacy and other units interdisciplinary professionals strive to expedite new discoveries, promote research, and foster industrial partnerships to advance our understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, ophthalmological, and orthopedic injuries and diseases.

If you are ready to make a difference and impact the future of health care, consider a gift to the Institute of Engineering in Medicine at UC San Diego.

Please click here if you would like to give to the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM). If you would like your donation to go towards a specific cause or IEM center, please note this in the Special Instructions box. 

Please see the options for Giving below.

Giving Priorities

GEM: Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine

Support IEM's seed grant program developing new technologies to improve healthcare.


 GEM Student Teams on E-Health Solutions

Give to engineering students working to develop technologies to improve access to and effectiveness of healthcare for underserved communities.


Support the GEM Inclusion Initiative to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in IEM.

IEM Seed Fund

Gifts to the IEM Seed Fund will provide the critical, time-sensitive funding needed to jump-start the programs across disease pipelines. Gifts to the fund will accelerate the strategic activities planned within each of the IEM Centers including innovations in research and design that will lead to novel discovery and translations.

Whitaker Center for Biomedical Engineering (WCBE)

Donate to the Whitaker Center for Biomedical Engineering. The IEM Whitaker Center for Biomedical Engineering (WCBE) was established to foster and enhance interactions between IEM, the UC San Diego Bioengineering Department, and Industry. WCBE's guiding principle is enriching the education and training of students for greater success in their future careers. To donate, please click here and search for fund 1469 - Whitaker Center for Biomedical Engineering Industry Advisory Board. 

IEM Programs

Gifts of unrestricted donations will provide the Director with the flexibility to seize important opportunities as they arise and will facilitate development and implementation of new approaches that serve the IEM’s mission. Please click here if you would like to give to the Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM).


Future Giving Opportunities

Endowed Directorship

$3 million


A gift to establish the endowed directorship will be used to offset the salary and related expenses of the Director of the IEM. This endowment fund will play a critical role in the retention and future recruitment efforts of the Director position and will ensure top academic talent will continue to hold this leadership position.

Endowed Chairs

$10 million


A gift of $10 million will allow us to establish 10 endowed chairs (at a million each) and will be key to the recruiting efforts by the Director of the IEM. An endowed chair will serve to recruit outstanding scientists to join UC San Diego who will work in the IEM Centers. Each new endowed chair will introduce innovative approaches to the IEM Centers and each will assume leadership roles at UC San Diego in research and translation. These endowed chairs may also be used to retain leading faculty in the IEM Centers. 

Please click here if you would like to give to the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Center (BMTEC)
Naming recognition opportunities are available to honor your commitment to the Institute of Engineering in Medicine. Please contact us to learn how you can support the IEM.
For more information contact:
Philip Godfrey, MSO, Institute of Engineering in Medicine (, 858-822-4278)