TGen Moves Into New Headquarters

The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) has moved into its new headquarters in downtown Phoenix.

PHOENIX, Tuesday, Oct. 8 The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) has moved into its new headquarters in downtown Phoenix.

The institute, located in the Arizona Center, is operating in space donated by Arizona Public Service until the permanent facility is available in the fall of 2004.

In less than four months, TGen has gone from an idea to a working reality. We have the nucleus of the scientific staff at work and an administrative structure in place. I expect our continuing progress to advance at a similar pace, said Dr. Jeffrey Trent, president and scientific director-elect.

The TGen office has been designed to serve as the world-class headquarters for a world-class research effort. It consists of 12,500 square feet on the 16th floor of Arizona Center Two. The main office numbers are (602) 343-8400 (phone) and (602)343-8440 (fax).

Recruiting continues to go well on both the administrative and scientific areas, Dr. Trent said. In September, he hosted a retreat for some 40 scientists and researchers from across the nation who are looking at joining the institute. TGen researchers will work on several areas of science ranging from cancer research through studies of the nervous system.

An international search also is underway for the key executive positions of chief operating officer and chief financial officer, said Margie A. Emmermann, chair of the TGen Interim Board of Directors.

We will ensure that TGen has the crucial executive leadership needed to match its scientific leadership. This is a visionary project and the board will insist that TGen has the first-rate personnel needed to fulfill its mission, Emmermann said.

TGen is able to move quickly due to the cooperation and collaboration of its many partners and supporters, said Dr. Michael Berens, vice president of research. He thanked the TGen Board of Directors, the state universities and community colleges, state and local officials, Native American communities, foundations, health systems, businesses and private supporters who are assisting TGen in its formative stages.

TGen is an independent research institute with the mission of helping translate scientific discoveries into diagnostics, treatments and cures.


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About TGen
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. Research at TGen is focused on helping patients with diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes. TGen is on the cutting edge of translational research where investigators are able to unravel the genetic components of common and complex diseases. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities, TGen believes it can make a substantial contribution to the efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, visit: www.tgen.org.

Press Contact:
Steve Yozwiak
TGen Senior Science Writer
602-343-8704
syozwiak@tgen.org


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