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Warren Buffett, the second-richest man in the world, will attend on Thursday night a Toronto dinner benefiting Rambam Medical Center in Haifa and Toronto General Hospital. Each table of participants will donate $250,000, and the proceeds of the event will be divided between the two medical institutions.
Prof. Rafael Beyar, Rambam's director-general, told The Jerusalem Post in a phone conversation from New York that the dinner will accompany a major scientific conference at Toronto General, which is considered the best hospital in Canada and one of the leading medical centers in the world.
Buffett, the billionaire who bought a $4 billion, 80 percent share in the Iscar hi-tech metalworking company in the Galilee from the Wertheimer family, was invited to participate by Eitan Wertheimer, the company's president and CEO, who will also be present at the dinner with Beyar and Toronto General's director, Dr. Robert Bell.
Prof. Aharon Ciechanover of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, who was co-winner (with Prof. Avram Hershko) of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004, will deliver an address on his research. Other subjects being discussed at the joint Toronto General/Rambam scientific conference are stem cells, imaging and genetics. "The theme is 'Medicine for Making the World a Better Place,'" said Beyar.
Beyar said Buffett visited Rambam when he made his first visit to Israel earlier this year and was impressed.
Hundreds of well-heeled guests are expected to attend the dinner, said Beyar, who said Rambam's share of the proceeds will go to building a biotechnology discovery center on campus. "When Buffett comes to Canada, it is big news, and there will be a lot of media coverage," he said.