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TSRI Completes Executive Team Build Out

LA JOLLA, CA – August 1, 2016 – The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) today announced the completion of its California executive team build out, which began with the promotion of James R. Williamson to Vice President of Academic Affairs, followed this summer by the addition of four new executive team leaders—Richard King, Jennifer Crosby-Meurisse, Cara Miller and Julia Ronlov–the promotion of Jared Machado to Chief Financial Officer and the appointment of Douglas A. Bingham to Executive Vice President and General Counsel. With the new executive leadership team now in place, Steve Kay has announced that he has made the personal decision to return to the University of Southern California (USC) as a faculty member in the Keck School of Medicine and Director of the USC Michelson Center.

“The new leadership team brings together a diverse and highly experienced executive team whose expertise will be critical in driving forward TSRI’s strategic vision, and I am thrilled to have them on board,” said Peter G. Schultz, Chief Executive Officer. “I’d like to personally thank Steve for his numerous contributions and leadership over the last year, as well as his dedication to assembling such a strong team that will carry forward our focus on innovative science and translational research. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Alongside these appointments, TSRI has initiated a long-term strategic planning process that will build on the history of TSRI’s academic pursuits, while also further differentiating and solidifying TSRI’s position at the forefront of biomedical research.

“I am incredibly pleased with the continued momentum and progress toward the future envisioned for TSRI—which will ensure the Institute’s position as one of the leading academic institutions in the world,” said Schultz. “We look forward to continuing to build upon its scientific heritage with transformational alliances and partnerships, and ongoing scientific discovery.”

Executive Appointments and Promotions

  • Dr. James R. Williamson was promoted in September 2015 to Vice President, Academic Affairs to oversee academic planning, faculty affairs and training program partnerships. He remains Professor and Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at TSRI.

Summer 2016

  • Richard King was named Chief Operating Officer.  King was formerly president and CEO of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Douglas A. Bingham was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and Board Secretary.
  • Jared Machado was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Board Treasurer following his tenure as Controller; Vice President, Finance; and a brief interim period as Acting CFO at TSRI.
  • Jennifer Crosby-Meurisse, Vice President, Human Resources joined TSRI from Oregon Health & Science University, where she served as Director, Research and Academic HR Team and the Office of International Affairs.
  • Cara Miller assumed the role of Vice President, Communications. Miller joined TSRI from Gilead Sciences, Inc., where she was Senior Director, Public Affairs.
  • Julia Ronlov has been appointed Executive Director, New Business Development, and joins TSRI on August 1. Ronlov previously served as Director, Strategic Partnerships, for Oregon Health & Science University.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is one of the world's largest independent, not-for-profit organizations focusing on research in the biomedical sciences. TSRI is internationally recognized for its contributions to science and health, including its role in laying the foundation for new treatments for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hemophilia, and other diseases. An institution that evolved from the Scripps Metabolic Clinic founded by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps in 1924, the institute now employs more than 2,500 people on its campuses in La Jolla, CA, and Jupiter, FL, where its renowned scientists—including two Nobel laureates and 20 members of the National Academy of Science, Engineering or Medicine—work toward their next discoveries. The institute's graduate program, which awards PhD degrees in biology and chemistry, ranks among the top ten of its kind in the nation. For more information, see

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James R. Williamson (High-res image)

Richard King (High-res image)

Douglas A. Bingham (High-res image)

Jared Machado (High-res image)

Jennifer Crosby-Meurisse (High-res image)

Cara Miller (High-res image)

Julia Ronlov (High-res image)