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Scripps Research Institute Honors Alice Sullivan and Alexander Dreyfoos During Commencement Ceremonies Today

Institute's Kellogg School of Science and Technology Awards 31 Ph.D.s

LA JOLLA, CA, May 19, 2006 -- The Scripps Research Institute's Kellogg School of Science and Technology awards honorary degrees today to retired California Superior Court Judge Alice D. Sullivan, outgoing chair of the Institute's Board of Trustees, and to entrepreneur, inventor, and philanthropist Alexander W. Dreyfoos, a member of the board.

The two honorees address the 31 graduates receiving their Ph.D.degrees before their families, friends, and Scripps Research faculty at commencement ceremonies beginning at 10 AM today in the auditorium of the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California.

"We recognize today with our highest honor the service and support that Alice and Alex continue to give to Scripps Research and to biomedical science," said Institute President Richard A. Lerner. "They are truly role models for our graduates in their devotion to public service, enthusiasm for ground breaking research, and dedication to making a difference in the world."

Judge Sullivan, of Del Mar, California, has served as chair of the Board of Trustees for the past three years during a time of tremendous scientific success and physical growth of the Institute, including the establishment of its first campus outside La Jolla-Scripps Florida in Jupiter. She will continue to serve on the Scripps Research board.

Mr. Dreyfoos, of West Palm Beach, Florida, has been a trustee since 2004. Later that year, he and his wife, Renate, announced a gift of $1 million to the institute. Internationally renowned as an inventor, entrepreneur, and supporter of the arts, education, and science, he has helped guide Scripps Research in the founding of Scripps Florida.

Hon. Alice D. Sullivan (Ret.)

Han. Alice D. Sullivan (Ret.) is ending her term as chair of the Scripps Research Board of Trustees, which she had held since February 2003. She is founder and chief executive officer of Private Judge, a firm in Del Mar that provides expertise in the resolution of business disputes, particularly in the life science and technology fields.

During the last 10 years, Judge Sullivan has mediated over 1,000 cases across a broad range oflegal topics. She is an arbitrator of national and international disputes. In addition, she has served as special master to manage discovery and evidentiary proceedings involving voluminous documents and complex issues.

Judge Sullivan, who earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School ofLaw, served as a judge in Alameda County, California, from 1981 to 1989. She served as a judge of the California Superior Court from 1989 to 1992. She has completed post-graduate study in mediation and negotiation at Harvard Law School.

A frequent lecturer and trainer in mediation and civil law topics, Judge Sullivan has spoken at the U.S. Department of Commerce/Federal Trade Commission, American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, California Judicial College, Continuing Education of the Bar, the California Center for Judicial Education and Research, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Conference on Science and Technology in Geneva, and the International Chamber of Commerce International Dispute Resolution Conference on Biotechnology and Healthcare. Judge Sullivan also appeared on MSNBC as a commentator on the election of judges.

Judge Sullivan was first elected to the Scripps Research board in February 1995. She has also participated in the boards of the California Judges Association, where she was vice-chair ofthe Ethics Committee, and Kids Included Together.

During Judge Sullivan's tenure as chair of the Board of Trustees, Scripps Research has expanded to Florida, been a leader in NIH grant revenue, and presented the first joint doctoral degree with Oxford University.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos

Scripps Research Trustee Alexander Dreyfoos owns and directs The Dreyfoos Group, a private capital management firm that grew out of his previous ventures. These include the Photo Electronics Corporation, a company he formed in 1963 to manufacture electronic equipment for the photographic industry, and WPEC-TV-12, the ABC, then CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, with which he was involved from 1973 to 1996.

Mr. Dreyfoos holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is an inventor, holding 10 U.S. and numerous foreign patents in the fields of electronics and photography.

His Photo Electronics Corporation designed and manufactured the digital image processing Professional Video Analyzing Computer used by color laboratories for making high quality photographs. The company also invented the LaserColor printer, which produced extremely high quality, electronically generated color prints from color slides. In 1971, the company received an Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its development of a motion picture video analyzer. An earlier version of the video analyzer is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Dreyfoos was instrumental in forming and served as the first chairman of the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts. He spearheaded efforts to build a world-class performing arts center in Palm Beach County and continues to serve as founding chairman of the $100 million Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1992.

He is a lifetime trustee of the MIT Corporation, serving on several of its visiting committees. The Dreyfoos Building at MIT, designed by Frank Gehry, was dedicated in his honor.

In 1997, Mr. Dreyfoos made the largest private contribution to a public school in Florida when he pledged $1 million to support Palm Beach County's public arts magnet high school, subsequently named for him.

Mr. Dreyfoos has served on a number of public and nonprofit boards and has received numerous distinctions and honors for community involvement. This year, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution presented Mr. Dreyfoos with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.

About The Scripps Research Institute's Graduate Education Program

Because most of the important topics in biology and chemistry today benefit from an interdisciplinary approach, the Macromolecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry Graduate Program, leading to the award of a Ph.D., was established in 1989 to draw on the institute's expertise in disciplines such as cell and molecular biology, immunology, molecular medicine, neurobiology, and chemistry. In an effort to draw on the superior capabilities ofthe chemistry faculty, a Doctoral Program in Chemistry was established three years later. The 2002 US. News & World Report academic rankings listed the two programs at Scripps Research among the top 10 in their fields in the country. The publication also ranked Scripps Research second in the specialty of organic chemistry.

In 2002, Scripps Research named its graduate college the Kellogg School of Science and Technology to honor philanthropists Janet R. ("Jean") Kellogg and W. Keith Kellogg II, who have been long-standing patrons of education and science.

In 2003, a comprehensive review of the curriculum resulted in the redefined "Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Sciences," emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature ofthe program and reflecting the particular strengths of Scripps Research. This change allows students to select one of four curricular tracks-chemistry, chemical biology, biophysics, or biology-and acknowledges the faculty's and students' strongly held views that future scientists need to be broadly trained in these areas of scientific concentration.

The recently established Skaggs Oxford Scholarship program is a joint five-year doctoral degree program in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry that trains young scientists at both Scripps Research and the University of Oxford. Scripps Research funds it in appreciation of the generosity oflong-time supporters L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs. The program represents the first time in its 800-year history that Oxford University has offered a joint degree with another institution and is also the first such endeavor for the Kellogg School.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute, headquartered in La Jolla, California, in 18 buildings on 40 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is one ofthe world's largest independent, non-profit biomedical research organizations. It stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Scripps Research is internationally recognized for its research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases, and synthetic vaccine development. Established in its current configuration in 1961, it employs approximately 3,000 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, scientific and other technicians, doctoral degree graduate students, and administrative and technical support personnel.

Scripps Florida, a 364,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art biomedical research facility, will be built in Palm Beach County. The facility will focus on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development. Palm Beach County and the State of Florida have provided start-up economic packages

for development, building, staffing, and equipping the campus. Scripps Florida now operates with approximately 160 scientists, technicians, and administrative staff at 40,000 square-foot lab facilities on the Florida Atlantic University campus in Jupiter.

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For information:
Keith McKeown
858-784-8134
kmckeown@scripps.edu