ASU's Biodesign Institute Director George Poste awarded 2006 Albert Einstein Award

George Poste, director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, was awarded the Albert Einstein Award, presented in Jerusalem on June 27 during the Third Annual Life Science Mission to Israel by the Global Business Leadership Council. The award recognizes business leaders who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in advancing human health worldwide. Dr. Poste, recognized for his role in the control of global infectious and parasitic diseases and for his leadership in the development of new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics.

Co-honorees for the Einstein award were Professor James Rothman of Columbia University in New York and Carl Feldbaum, President Emeritus of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Washington, DC. Former awardees include Francis Collins, Director, Human Genome Project; Dick LeFave, Chief Information Officer, Nextel; Jeremy Levin, Head, R&D, Novartis; Fred Frank, Vice Chairman, Lehman Brothers; Tsvi Gal, President, AT&T's ATT.COM.

Due to the sudden crisis in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was unable to present this year's awards and former Israeli Prime Ministers Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu presided over the ceremony and the award presentations.

At the same ceremony the Honorable John Ashcroft, former US Attorney General and the Honorable Tommy Thompson, former US Secretary, Health and Human Services were presented with the Theodor Hertzl Award for advancing justice and democracy.

This latest award adds to many honors that Poste has received for his contributions to international health. He has received honorary degrees in science, law and letters and has been accorded the rank of Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He has been elected a Fellow of the Prestigious Royal Society and the Academy of Medicine in Great Britain. In 2004, he was recognized as Scientist of the Year by R&D Magazine in the USA.

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