A $3 million gift from Melvin and Randy Berlin will give meaningful support for pathbreaking
research on multiple myeloma at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. With the commitment, Mr. and Mrs.
Berlin have established an endowed position to be known as The Melvin Berlin Family Chair in
A physician-scientist with an outstanding record of accomplishment in the field will hold the Berlin Family Chair, and the search for the first incumbent is currently underway.
The availability of such positions is vital in helping Memorial Sloan-Kettering attract and retain
the most promising scientists and physicians, and funds provided through the Melvin Berlin
Family Chair in Multiple Myeloma will encourage novel research in an area where
breakthroughs are much needed. Moreover, because the Berlin Family Chair is endowed in
perpetuity, it will allow the Center to maintain momentum in efforts to make real progress for the
benefit of patients with multiple myeloma for many years to come.
A Chicago native, Melvin R. Berlin is the former Chairman of Berlin Packaging LLC, which he founded in 1988. Berlin Packaging, now run by Mr.
Berlin's son Andrew Berlin, is a leading full-service supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers
and closures with more than 90 sales and warehouse locations across North America. Also, in 1957 Melvin Berlin founded Berlin Metals, which is now owned by Mr. Berlin's son Roy Berlin.
Randy L. Berlin is a faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School and Chair of the
University's Visiting Committee to the Division of the Humanities. Previously, she taught Law
and Literature at Loyola University's School of Law.