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$2 million donated to pharmacy faculty

Toronto, ON – Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotex has pledged another $2 million in addition to its original $5-million donation towards the new Leslie L Dan Pharmacy Building at the University of Toronto.

The gift will support the establishment of a five-storey-high atrium in the building, equipped with a caf and the David Bloom/Shoppers Drug Mart Student Lounge. The company’s previous donation funded the Apotex Resource Centre, which will house electronic references as well as wired workstations, study areas and instruction rooms. It also funded the 240-seat Apotex Lecture Hall, outfitted with the latest in presentation technology.

"Our commitment demonstrates our belief in the high quality of education offered by the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto," says Jack Kay, president and COO of Apotex. "It recognizes the partnership Apotex has nurtured with customers through our support of faculties of pharmacy, not only in Ontario, but across Canada."

Apotex’s contributions stem from a desire to encourage future leadership in an ever-growing field, says Kay. "We must support our community, including leading educational institutions."

The $75-million, 15,600-gross-sqm new home for the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is slated for completion in September 2005.