Torrey Pines Mesa is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s namesake, the Torrey Pine Tree, only exists in two places in the world, including the Torrey Pines Mesa. It is home to scenic hiking trails at the Torrey Pines State Reserve, a world renowned gliderport (which I’ll discuss in tomorrow’s post), and a world class golf course, which hosted the 2008 U.S. Open PGA Golf Championship.
It is only fitting the world’s top medical researchers have been attracted to the Torrey Pines Mesa to create one of the largest concentrations of Ph.Ds in the world. As one of the institutes located in Torrey Pines, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, notes on their web site, Torrey Pines Mesa is “the center of one of the largest concentrations of biotechology/health science companies, research institutes, cancer centers and pharmaceutical research and development institutes in the world”. In the coming weeks, I will attempt to explain in layman’s terms how the work being performed by this biotech cluster will impact our lives.
It all started when the people of San Diego, led by their civic leaders, approved the City’s grant of land to create the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) on the Torrey Pines Mesa. The school opened in 1960 with an original focus on science and engineering. Classes were held at the nearby Scripps Institute until the construction of UCSD was completed in 1964.
Meanwhile, the people of San Diego overwhelmingly approved a grant of land to attract Jonas Salk, who had become world famous with the development of the polio vaccine, to build his new research institute on the Torrey Pines Mesa.
This building concentration of brainpower on the Torrey Pines Mesa attracted more researchers to the area and has resulted in what has now become one of the greatest concentrations of brainpower in the field of medical research.
Each Wednesday, for the next several weeks, I will share background information on the various institutes and research companies that line the Torey Pines Mesa. I will point out comments and other interesting features that show what makes San Diego such an attractive place for pioneers that are working to find cures for all of society. I will also show how you have the opportunity to learn directly from some of the smartest minds in the world through public seminars and how you can help by volunteering your time to these local institutes.
May 14: The Scripps Research Institute
May 28: The Salk Institute
June 4: Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
June 11: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
June 25: San Diego Supercomputer Center
July 9: The Neurosciences Institute
July 30: San Diego Rated #1 in Biotech