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Napolitano, Schilling, Zuckerman Named to TGen Governing Board

March 18, 2003

The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) announced this week that Governor Janet Napolitano, Arizona Diamondback pitcher Curt Schilling and Tucson business leader and health advocate Mel Zuckerman have joined its governing board.

These new members make a strong board even stronger, said Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen President and Scientific Director.

The Governor brings her dedication to making Arizona a world leader in biotechnology, Curt Schilling brings his commitment to advancing medical research and Mel Zuckerman brings decades of advocacy for health and disease prevention. TGen is fortunate to add their invaluable skills to its board, Trent said.

Governor Napolitano became a member of the Governing Board upon taking office in January. The Governor has identified the strengthening of Arizonas biotechnology industry as a key goal for her administration.

One of her first actions as Governor was the creation of the Governors Council on Innovation and Technology to help develop technology-based companies throughout Arizona.

Arizona Diamondback pitcher Curt Schilling appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with teammate Randy Johnson as the Sportsmen of the Year, celebrating the teams victory as 2001 World Series champions.

Off the field, Schilling is a tireless volunteer and fundraiser for health causes, focusing on ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,) commonly referred to as Lou Gehrigs disease, and melanoma.

In December 2002, Worth Magazine named Schilling Philanthropist of the Year and USA TODAY magazine named him Baseballs Most Caring Athlete in 1996.

Mel Zuckerman is the founder, developer and Chairman of the Board of Canyon Ranch, consistently named Best Spa by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Mr. Zuckerman has supported research and demonstration projects dedicated to expanding health consciousness for years.

He founded the Wellness Council of Tucson in 1984. In 1997, Canyon Ranch funded the Harvard Cancer Risk Index program to help people understand their risk of cancer and, also in 1997, the Ranch made a significant donation to the University of Arizona College of Public Health. In 2002, the college was re-named the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health.

TGen board chairman, Jos A. Crdenas, welcomed the new members and stated he looks forward to working closely with them to forge new relationships within Arizona and nationally on behalf of TGen.

TGEN is a research institute whose mission is to make and translate genomic discoveries into advances in human health.


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