COLUMBIA — The Thompson Foundation pledged $3 million Thursday to create the Thompson Center for Regenerative Orthopaedics.

Recent research into regenerative orthopedics at MU has developed a better way to store donor tissue and has improved procedures for repairing joint injuries, according to a news release.

The new orthopedic center is intended "to help people with joint replacements resume family and work activities sooner and lower costs and improve access to health care."

MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said during a press conference that he hopes Columbia will become a destination for this type of medicine.

The promise of the center has helped recruit faculty and researchers, said James Cook, director of the MU Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory.

The new center will be on the fourth floor of the new addition to the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, which is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion next year.

The foundation, created by Bill and Nancy Thompson, donated $8.5 million in 2005 to create the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Bill Thompson is retired CEO of the Pacific Investment Management Company, a multinational investment management firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

Two years ago, he and his wife also founded the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Southern California.

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