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Duke University

Go team! On research and innovation 

Bold innovation requires imagination, patience – and most importantly, teamwork.

Without a team in place, it’s next to impossible for innovators to successfully articulate ideas and to make them a reality.   

Allen Cato ’61, Ph.D.’67, M.D.’69, P’09 and his business partner, Lynda Sutton, know a lot about innovation and creating the structure to foster it. They founded Cato Research in 1988, starting a highly successful contract research organization that continues to thrive today. The partners also team up on giving to Duke, recently establishing three new unrestricted fellowships for The Graduate School. Their gift of $200,000 was matched by $100,000 from The Duke Endowment Graduate School Challenge. Cato and Sutton also contributed $50,000 to a Graduate School dean’s discretionary fund for innovative student support.