Buck Institute for Research on Aging

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Buck Institute for Research on Aging
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Established30 Sep 1999
PresidentEric M. Verdin
Budget$38 million
Formerly calledBuck Institute for Age Research
United States
Coordinates38.133939°N 122.570432°W
Address8001 Redwood Blvd.
Novato, CA 94945-1400

The Buck Institute for Research on Aging is an independent biomedical research institute that researches aging and age-related disease.

Eric M. Verdin was appointed CEO in November 2016. He succeeded Brian K. Kennedy and founding president and CEO, Dale Bredesen, who went back to his lab focused on Alzheimer's Disease research.[1]


The Buck Foundation Trust was created by Beryl Hamilton Buck after the death in 1953 of her husband, pathologist Leonard W. Buck. Leonard's father, Frank Buck, was one of the founders of Belridge Oil.[2] When Beryl Buck died in 1975, the bulk of the estate became part of the San Francisco Foundation, about $7.6 million dedicated to "charitable purposes in Marin County" including, "extending help to the problems of aging." The Belridge Oil stock in the trust was bought in 1979 by Shell Oil for $253 million, increasing the trust's value substantially.[2][3] Attempts by the San Francisco Foundation to use the cy pres doctrine to spend outside of Marin County resulted in litigation which the SF Foundation lost.[2][4]


The main entrance of the Buck Institute

The campus of the Buck Institute was designed by architect I. M. Pei and is on a 488-acre (1.97 km2; 0.76 sq mi) site located in the foothills of Mount Burdell, north of Novato, California.[5][6]

The institute leases space to startup companies and established companies,including BioMarin, Ultragenyx, Cellular Dynamics, An2H Discovery Limited, and Excel Venture Management.[7]


  1. ^ Davidson, Keay (2004-09-13). "Researchers discover 'Jekyll and Hyde' cancer gene/Amount of a specific protein determines whether a tumor is created or suppressed". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
  2. ^ a b c Dale, Harvey P. (March 18, 1987). "The Buck Trust". New York University. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  3. ^ Robert R. Augsburger, Victoria Chang, William F. Meehan III (1998-01-01). "The San Francisco Foundation: The Dilemma of the Buck Trust (A)". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  4. ^ Friedman, Lawrence Mier (2009). Dead Hands: a social history of wills, trusts, and inheritance law. Stanford University Press. pp. 159–160. ISBN 9780804760362.
  5. ^ "Buck Institute for Age Research". Pei Cobb Freed and Partners. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  6. ^ "The Buck is Growing". Marin Magazine. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Novato: Buck institute shakeup leaves lingering funding, leadership questions". Marin Independent Journal. 2016-11-27. Retrieved 2018-11-19.

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Coordinates: 38°08′02″N 122°34′14″W / 38.133939°N 122.570432°W / 38.133939; -122.570432