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BRANDT Renews Contribution to Mayo Clinic to Support Center for Individualized Medicine

Second annual donation helps fund Mayo Clinic and University of Illinois collaboration

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (22 May 2017) – BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty agriculture products, will support technology-based healthcare advancements through another sizable donation to Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine. The funds will be used to help young investigators as part of the long-standing collaboration between Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.

The BRANDT donation is earmarked for the BRANDT Young Scholars Fund and to underwrite the Young Scholars concurrent session at the center’s annual Individualizing Medicine Conference. Like last year, this donation is $50,000.

“We are incredibly proud to be a part of this amazing initiative,” said Rick Brandt, President and CEO of BRANDT. “Through this donation, we are supporting advanced health right in our own backyard, matching the best minds in medicine with the best minds in computer science. Our contribution will enable several exceptional young scholars at the University of Illinois to learn and to contribute their talent to the quest for truly personalized medicine.”

The goal of the Center for Individualized Medicine is to provide personalized care based on that patient’s own genome. The Individualizing Medicine Conference, hosted at Mayo Clinic, is an annual event dedicated to presenting and applying the latest in genomic, molecular and clinical sciences.

“Our business is about growing healthy plants for healthy food; the Mayo initiative is about healthy people,” explained Brandt. “It’s easy to see the connection between healthy plants and healthy people. And when you look at it that way, it makes perfect sense that we’re a part of the Mayo initiative.”


A leading agricultural company, BRANDT serves growers around the globe. Founded in 1953 by Glen Brandt and his sister Evelyn Brandt Thomas to help Illinois farmers adopt new and profitable technologies, the company has experienced aggressive growth under the leadership of President and CEO Rick Brandt. Innovation, technology and strong customer service are a few of the core beliefs that drive BRANDT today. BRANDT’s focus is providing the products and services that give growers the best opportunity for return while building a stronger, healthier and more abundant food supply.