The Gene Therapy Center's rapid growth represents tremendous accomplishments in basic science, clinical science and gene therapy training. To maintain and raise our success, private support is critical. Whereas our scientist have been very successful in procuring federal, state and research foundation funding to support our scientific research, these support agencies do not provide the support necessary for many of the key areas related to our mission. These areas include our education/traineeship efforts as well as key infrastructure development. Private donations provide the very special support, which is essential in allowing us to realize our ambitious goals related to the development of novel gene-based therapeutics.