Mass. man pledges $100M for AIDS vaccine research

BOSTON (AP) -- A Massachusetts businessman is pledging $100 million to create a new institute that will search for vaccines for AIDS and other diseases.

Phillip T. Ragon is scheduled to announce the gift to Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday.

The hospital will get $10 million a year for the next decade to bring together doctors, engineers and biologists from Mass. General, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The 59-year-old Ragon is the founder and owner of Cambridge-based database software company InterSystems Corp.

The Boston Globe says Ragon decided to create the Phillip T. and Susan M. Ragon Institute after witnessing the plight of AIDS patients in South Africa.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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