Founder of Frontage Laboratories in Exton Donates $200,000 to WCU for New Biomed Engineering Program

Song Li, Ph.D., recently presented a $200,000 personal check to West Chester University president Christopher Fiorentino.

Song Li, Ph.D., the chairman and founder of Frontage Laboratories in Exton, recently presented a $200,000 personal check to West Chester University president Christopher Fiorentino to endow the Lei and Song Li Scholarship for Biomedical Engineering for those planning to study in the university’s new Biomedical Engineering Degree Program.

In an amazing act of generosity, Dr. Li and his family, who initially planned to present a $100,000 personal check to the university, suddenly added an additional $100,000 just a few hours before the presentation. The gift then totaled $200,000.

Dr. Li founded Frontage Laboratories in 2001 with the ambition of building a client-focused organization to help solve the most complex drug development challenges. Prior to Frontage, Dr. Li held management positions at Great Valley Pharmaceuticals and Wyeth. During this time, he led numerous projects related to the development of pharmaceutical products.

“West Chester University is honored to be the recipient of such a generous gift,” said Fiorentino. “At a time when the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 23 percent growth in the number of biomedical jobs needed by 2024, Dr. Li’s gift will help cultivate the next generation of biomedical scientists at West Chester University. We are deeply grateful.”

WCU’s new Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree Program offers tracks in biosystems, bioinstrumentation, and imaging; biomolecular and biochemical; biomechanics; and biomaterials and tissues. All of the required core classes are offered through the Department of Physics and Engineering in the university’s College of the Sciences and Mathematics.

The new program, which was recently launched in the fall of 2019, will have a permanent home in the new $130 million Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons (SECC) that is currently being constructed on campus.