Omar Boraie is the 76-year-old patriarch of the Boraie Real estate Company. He was born in Egypt where he was a chemistry major until he and the family migrated to the United States in 1972. He noticed that living in Brunswick New Jersey was awful. It was dangerous to walk the streets after dark. Boraie then decided something needed to be done and so, he developed his real estate company to revitalize the area. There were 21 vacated and dilapidated buildings in the area that needed to be torn down to make room for new and better buildings. He bought all those buildings. Boraie’s company constructed Albany Street Plaza Tower One.
In 2015, Rutger’s University established the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science (http://patch.com/new-jersey/newbrunswick/omar-boraie-chair-genomic-science-established-rutgers-cancer-institute) that’s the highest standard of excellence in the medical college. The new position was established in honor of all the things Boraie has done for New Brunswick, New Jersey in over 40 yeras. Mr. Boraie promised to contribute $1.5 million to establish the Boraie Chair. It became part of the 18 chair campaign to get other people to donate up to $3 million a chair.
The field of genomic science is a relatively new form of developing new and effective cancer treatments that are genetically based. This cancer treatment is for patients who are no longer responding to the medicines they are presently getting. The new treatments should help different types of cancers, especially, those patients with very poor diagnoses and the rarer forms of the disease. Omar Boraie is instrumental in helping to turn New Brunswick, New Jersey into Health Care City.
Shridar Ganesan, MD, Ph.D. who joined Rutgers in 2005 was given the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science because of his work in the field of cancer treatment. He was a member of the staff at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School and considered one the top leaders in the field. According to Dr. Ganesan, cancer isn’t that simple a disease. It’s a collection of diseases that each have their own unique features.
Rutgers genomic science cancer study had attracted the attention of former President Obama who announced in 2015 during his Presidential address that there was going to be a national Precision Medicine Initiative focused on finding a cure for cancer and other diseases. Rutgers is only one of the medical colleges, and the first, that’s working on genomic science cancer study.