TGen Foundation Hires New Development Director

Abe Jacob bolsters fund raising efforts for neurogenomics research

Phoenix, AZ, February 16, 2006,-Mr. Abe Jacob has joined the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) Foundation as its new National Director of Development for TGen's Neurogenomics Division.
Mr. Jacob will play a major role in providing leadership for the TGen Foundation while building a strategy to raise research dollars to support TGen's work in neurogenomics. His primary focus will be to securing resources from private contributors to help fuel TGen's research aimed at finding earlier diagnostics and smarter treatments for Alzheimer's, autism, ALS, bipolar disorder, and a wide range of other important neurological and mental health disorders.

Mr. Jacob will work closely with Dr. Dietrich Stephan, head of TGen's Neurogenomics Division, and Michael Bassoff, President of the TGen Foundation, to raise awareness about TGen and its research programs on a national level.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have Mr. Jacob join the TGen Foundation," said Mr. Bassoff. "His extensive marketing and business development skills within the technology sector, combined with his proven track record of building and managing powerful relationships, make him a welcome addition to the Foundation."

The Neurogenomics Division at TGen strives to improve the ability to diagnose neurological disease before it strikes and discover the genetic factors that cause this tragic set of diseases. Early and accurate diagnosis of disease almost always improves outcomes. Likewise, the sophisticated technologies and expertise at TGen will ultimately lead to improved treatments and cures.

"Mr. Jacob's sophistication and excellence in the area of philanthropic development mirrors that of the scientists within the Neurogenomics Division," said Dr. Stephan. "His presence and focus on these disease areas will certainly allow us to broaden our philanthropic base to a national scope and help speed the discovery of diagnostics and cures for these horrific brain disorders."

Mr. Jacob relocated to Arizona after more than a decade of working in the Asia Pacific, primarily for Nortel Networks, where he was the Director of Commercial Marketing for South Asia. In 2004 he received his MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management located in Phoenix. While at Thunderbird, he was honored with the Founder's award, the Barton Kyle Yount award for accomplishment, scholarship and character. Most recently, Mr. Jacob was the Special Assistant to the President at Thunderbird, where he worked closely with the Board of Trustees, the Thunderbird Global Advisory Council, and the senior management team in executing the school's strategy in management and education.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work for a dynamic entity such a TGen, where from the minute you wake up, you are enabling generous people to bring urgently needed diagnostics and treatments to the people who need them most," said Mr. Jacob.

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The mission of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is to make and translate genomic discoveries into advances in human health. Translational genomics research is a relatively new field employing innovative advances arising from the Human Genome Project and applying them to the development of diagnostics, prognostics and therapies for cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other complex diseases. TGen is focused on personalized medicine and plans to accomplish its goals through robust and disease-focused research.

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