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Biotechnology Study Center Honors J. Craig Venter, Leonard Bell, and Steven Shak

On Wednesday, April 4, the Biotechnology Study Center of NYU School of Medicine will honor three leaders in the biotechnology industry who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of basic biology and the treatment of human disease. The awards will be given to J. Craig Venter, president of Celera Genomics Corp, the biotech company that sequenced the human genome; Leonard Bell, president of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company engaged in finding novel ways to cure inflammatory and heart disease; and Steven Shak, former Genentech scientist and co-founder of Genomic Health Inc., a newly formed company dedicated to the ethical applications of genomic technologies.

Robert M. Glickman, Dean of NYU School of Medicine, will open the ceremony, the first annual awards presentation to be held by the Center. Each honoree also will receive a lithograph of Frank Stella's work signed by the artist, who is a Fellow of the Center.

The newly formed Biotechnology Study Center, the first of its kind nationwide, brings together an extraordinary group of biomedical scientists, social scientists, legal experts, and business leaders, who are among the top movers and shakers in their fields. "The Center is a university-based think tank for biotechnology, rather than a trade group that actively promotes industry," says Gerald Weissmann, Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine, and Director of the Division of Rheumatology. "We study biotechnology and analyze its ethics and its impact on society. We want to understand how the broader culture shapes, and is shaped by, biotechnology, among many other matters."

Weissmann, and Nobel laureates Sir John Vane of the William Harvey Research Institute, and Bengt Samuelsson of the Karolinska Institute, among others, established the Center last year. In addition to its other activities, the Center serves as an academic center for the study of biotechnology as a discipline. It also provides an
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Contact: Pam McDonnell
Pam.McDonnell@med.nyu.edu
212-404-3555
New York University Medical Center and School of Medicine
1-Apr-2001


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