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According to statements from both institutions, a previous agreement to discuss a possible partnership or other forms of affiliation has been "terminated" just a month after the talks were publicly confirmed. The end comes after leading faculty at Scripps announced strong opposition to a possible USC takeover, contending it might destroy their independence as researchers.
The Scripps Research Institute is an independent biomedical organization that is home to
The institute, which also has a second campus in
A Scripps' statement said the organization would "analyze and discuss the strategic future of Scripps, reviewing a broad range of thoughtful alternatives to choose the best path forward for the institution."
It continued: "To facilitate the holistic nature of this review, the current nonbinding letter of intent on discussions about a broad partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) has been terminated by mutual consent of both parties."
Elizabeth Garrett, USC's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said in a statement that Scripps' trustees "asked the university to terminate a joint letter of intent, and we agreed to do so."
USC faculty often collaborate with Scripps researchers, and "we look forward to future opportunities to work together," she added.
Neither side publicly discussed reasons for the sudden end to the discussions. But last month, 11 department chairs and other top researchers released a letter protesting a possible deal with USC.
"We believe that the proposed path with USC would destroy much of what has been built and what we and others in the community value so much," they said.