Dear Colleagues:

The schools/colleges of pharmacy at the University of California at San Diego, University of Colorado Denver, Idaho State University, University of Montana, and University of Utah and The Scripps Research Institute are honored to sponsor the second L. S. Skaggs Biomedical Research Symposium.

During most of the 20th century, the Skaggs name became prominent on hundreds of store fronts throughout the United States. Mr. L. S. "Sam" Skaggs will be forever known as the pioneer of the first successful combination food outlet and pharmacy that changed the way America shopped for medications and obtained therapeutic advice. Through the years Mr. Skaggs demonstrated his willingness to share his good fortune, both personally and through The ALSAM Foundation, named in honor of him and his wife, Aline. Mr. Skaggs and The ALSAM Foundation have given hundreds of millions of dollars to research into diseases and optimizing therapy and other worthwhile charities.

Through his philanthropy, Mr. Skaggs created a legacy of supporting biomedical and pharmaceutical research that directly affects human health. He is known for his vision and his commitment to supporting research that translates science into new medicines and new biomedical technologies. He is also known for creating opportunities for the underserved though his support of pharmacy students and of the next generation of biomedical scientists.

With Mr. Skaggs' many unique and important contributions in mind, we the sponsoring institutions would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank him for his support and to honor him for the remarkable impact he has made on humankind. This symposium celebrates his contributions that will last for generations to come through the students he has supported and through the new medicines and new biomedical technologies that his vision has engendered.

We warmly welcome you to this symposium and invite you to join us in honoring Mr. L. S. "Sam" Skaggs.

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Palmer Taylor, Ph.D.
Sandra and Monroe Trout Professor of Pharmacology
Dean, Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences