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W. Mark Crowell Joins Scripps Research as VP, Business Development

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LA JOLLA, CA, January 27, 2009—The Scripps Research Institute has announced that W. Mark Crowell, previously of University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, has joined the institute as vice president for business development.

"We are delighted to welcome Mark on board," said Scripps Research President Richard A. Lerner. "His initiative, expertise, and extensive experience in technology transfer and development makes him a valuable addition to our team."

In his new position, Crowell will lead technology transfer efforts, oversee research partnerships and industry relations, and launch business development initiatives for Scripps Research on both the California and Florida campuses.

"There's incredible science and scientists at Scripps Research," said Crowell. "I welcome the opportunity to work with the institute's technology transfer team to build the program, support existing collaborations, and make new connections between the institute's technology and community partners."

At UNC Chapel Hill, Crowell was associate vice chancellor for economic development and technology transfer, as well as adjunct instructor at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Crowell has been credited with expanding the UNC Chapel Hill's Office of Technology Development and raising the university's business development profile nationally and internationally during his tenure.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Crowell is a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill, where he earned a B.A. in International Studies in 1976, and an M.A. in Regional Planning in 1979. After graduating, he held a variety of positions at the North Carolina Arthritis Foundation, UNC Chapel Hill, and Touro Infirmary.

In 1987, he became director of the Office of Technology Transfer at Duke University. In 1992, he became associate vice chancellor and director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Industry Research at North Carolina State University and visiting lecturer at the College of Management there, leaving for his recent position at UNC Chapel Hill in 2000.

Crowell is currently president of the Board of Directors of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Foundation and is past president of the AUTM Board of Trustees. He is also a board member of the University-Industry Demonstration Project of the National Academies of Sciences, chair of the National Commercialization Advisory Board of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and co-chair of the Technology Transfer Committee of Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), among other professional activities.

Crowell enjoys travel and gardening, especially growing roses.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute is one of the world's largest independent, non-profit biomedical research organizations, at the forefront of basic biomedical science that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Scripps Research is internationally recognized for its discoveries in 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 Research is headquartered in La Jolla, California. It also includes Scripps Florida, whose researchers focus on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development. Scripps Florida is currently in the process of moving from temporary facilities to its permanent campus in Jupiter, Florida. Dedication ceremonies for the new campus will be held in February 2009.

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