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March 12, 2004
Marine Biological Laboratory Trustees Elect New Members

WOODS HOLE, MA-The Trustees of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) elected eight new Board members at their November 8, 2003 meeting. Thomas S. Crane, of Weston, Massachusetts, and Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D. of New York, New York, were each elected to the Class of 2007; Martin D. Gruss of Palm Beach, Florida, to the Class of 2006; Kurt Isselbacher, M.D., of Newton, Massachusetts, to the Class of 2007; Darcy Kelley, of Sag Harbor, New York, to the Class of 2007; R. Dana Ono, of Concord, Massachusetts, to the Class of 2005; Jean "JeJe" Pierce, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, to the Class of 2007; and James A. Sharp, of Katonah, New York, to the Class of 2004.

Founded in 1888, the MBL is a private, non-profit institution that serves as an international center for research, education, and training in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. The MBL hosts many year-round laboratories in which scientists study cell and developmental biology, molecular evolution, neurobiology, ecology, global infectious diseases, and marine biotechnology and aquaculture. Each summer, 1,400 scientists and advanced students from around the world come to the MBL to participate in the Laboratory's uniquely collaborative summer research program and highly competitive education program which plays a major role in training America's experimental biologists. Forty-nine Nobel Laureates have taught, taken courses, or done research at the MBL.

Thomas S. Crane is a member of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., serving the firm's Boston and Washington, DC offices. Prior to this, he had been a partner with Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, managing the firm's Massachusetts health care practice. Mr. Crane became nationally known for his work in the area of health care fraud and abuse during his work at the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services. He has been a member of the MBL's Council of Visitors member since 1995 and had previously served as Clerk of the MBL Corporation since 2000. His family has had a summer home in Woods Hole since the early 1900s.

Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D. is Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences, and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. Fischbach began his research career at the National Institutes of Health and subsequently held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and Washington University School of Medicine. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Fischbach taught in the MBL's Neurobiology Course from 1979 to 1988, has been an MBL Corporation Member for over 25 years, and has previously served two terms as a MBL Trustee.

Martin D. Gruss is Senior Partner of Gruss & Co., a private international investment firm based in New York City and is a member of the Bar Association of the State of New York. He is a Director of the Mack-Cali Realty Corporation and Chairman of the Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation and the Gruss Life Monument Foundation. Mr. Gruss is a Board member of several educational and cultural institutions, including The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Guggenheim Museum, and is also a member of the Chairman's Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Patron of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Kurt Isselbacher, M.D. served as chief of the gastrointestinal unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for over 30 years. He later was Director of the MGH Cancer Center and was named Director Emeritus in 2003. Dr. Isselbacher was the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard University, and served on various committees there, most notably as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Department of Medicine from 1968 to 1997. He is the recipient of several awards for distinguished achievement and the editor of one of the major textbooks of medicine, Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Isselbacher has been a member of the MBL Corporation since 1963.

Darcy Kelley has been on the faculty at Columbia since 1982 and currently serves as Professor in
the Department of Biological Sciences, Director of the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology & Behavior, and faculty member in the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. In 2002, Dr. Kelley was one of twenty scientists appointed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to receive $1 million to bring the creativity they have shown in the lab to the undergraduate classroom. She is creating a course called Frontiers in Science, which focuses on topics such as the origins of life and how the brain works. Dr. Kelley directed the MBL's Neural Systems and Behavior course from 1985 to 1989 and previously served the MBL on the Board of Trustees in the Class of 1999.

R. Dana Ono is Managing Director of Life Sciences at VIMAC Ventures LLC, a Boston-based venture capital firm that invests in emerging growth companies located in the northeastern U.S. and Canada. His experience includes over 20 years of senior management in public and private biotech companies. Most recently, Dr. Ono was a co-founder, President, and CEO of IntraImmune Therapies, Inc., a company he sold to Abgenix, Inc. Prior to heading IntraImmune, he was founder and principal manager of several successful early stage biotech companies in the Boston area. He has authored a number of scientific articles and edited the book, The Business of Biotechnology-From the Bench to the Street. He is an alumnus of MBL's Developmental Biology and Electron Microscopy courses.

Jean "JeJe" Pierce is a resident of Wellesley and Woods Hole, Massachusetts and Boca Grande, Florida. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts, serves on the Boards of Colby-Sawyer College, New London, New Hampshire, Friends of the Community Center, Boca Grande, Florida, Community Advisory & Information Counsel, Boca Grande, and is President of The Boca Grande Women's Club. Her late husband, Bob, served on the MBL Board of Trustees and she has previously served the MBL Board of Trustees as a member of the Classes of 1999 and 2003.

James A. Sharp became President and General Manager of Carl Zeiss MicroImaging, Inc. in 1999, the culmination of a 25-year career at Zeiss. Mr. Sharp began his career as a Zeiss service engineer and moved up through various regional and national managerial positions, becoming President of the Microscope Division. After spending four years at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH in Germany as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Microscopy Business Unit, Mr. Sharp returned to the U.S. to take over as head of Carl Zeiss MicroImaging where he has achieved significant sales growth within a mature market.

The Marine Biological Laboratory is an internationally known, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere.