Massachusetts Biomedical Research Day Honorees
Floyd E. Bloom, MD - Founder, Alkermes, Inc. and emeritus Professor at the Scripps Research Institute
Dr. Bloom is a founder and director of Alkermes Corporation. He is currently a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics and is professor emeritus in the Molecular and Integrative Neuroscience Department at The Scripps Research Institute.
Dr. Bloom was previously founding CEO and board chairman of Neurome, Inc., chairman of the Department of Neuropharmacology at TSRI, director of Behavioral Neurobiology at the Salk Institute and chief of the laboratory of Neuropharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health.
In addition, he is a Director of Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and has served on the scientific advisory boards of Merck, Inc. GlaxoSmithKline, RiverVest, Advancis Pharmaceutical Group (Middlebrook Pharmaceuticals), and Saegis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
A member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Bloom has received numerous awards, including the Pasarow Award in Neuropsychiatry and the Hermann van Helmholtz Award, the Sarnat Award for Mental Health Research, as well as a number of honorary degrees from major universities.
Dr. Bloom is past editor-in-chief of Science magazine and has authored or co-authored more than 25 books and monographs and more than 400 original research articles.
Dr. Bloom received his MD from Washington University School of Medicine and his AB from Southern Methodist University. He also completed a U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps special post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University.
Robert A. Brown, PhD - President, Boston University
Robert A. Brown, a distinguished chemical engineer, became president of Boston University in
September 2005. Dr. Brown earned BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences, among other professional societies.
At Boston University, he has emphasized strengthening the core missions of undergraduate, graduate and professional education, interdisciplinary work, and research and scholarship across all seventeen schools and colleges. He initiated an eighteen-month planning process that culminated in a ten-year strategic plan, Choosing to be Great. The plan defines goals to be met in order to establish Boston University as one of the great large private research universities in the world.
Dr. Brown has worked to underscore the central importance of the teaching and research functions of the University, with particular emphasis on efforts to increase opportunities for interdisciplinary study by students from all of the University’s undergraduate schools and colleges.
Dr. Brown is actively engaged in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves as a trustee of the University Research Association, a member of the Council on Competitiveness, and a director of the DuPont Company. From 2006 through 2008, he served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), for the President of the United States. Also, in 2008 Dr. Brown was named one of the top 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Dr. Brown is chairman of the Academic Research Council of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Singapore, a key funding body for academic research in that country. In Singapore, he also serves on the Research Innovation and Enterprise Council chaired by the Prime Minister. In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to higher education in Singapore, Dr. Brown was named an honorary citizen in January 2006.
Prior to his appointment at Boston University, Dr. Brown was provost and Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the MIT faculty in 1979, beginning a distinguished career in education and research. He has published more than 250 papers in areas related to mathematical modeling of transport phenomena in materials and served as executive editor of the Journal of Chemical Engineering Science from 1991 to 2004.
Terence R. Flotte, MD - Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, Executive Deputy Chancellor, Provost and Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Physiological Systems, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Flotte joined the Medical School in May 2007 from the University of Florida, where he was the Nemours Eminent Scholar and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for the College of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in the biological sciences from the University of New Orleans in 1982, and his medical degree from the Louisiana School of Medicine in 1986.
As UF Pediatrics Chair, Dr. Flotte led the department in a number of key projects, including the establishment of a Division of Cellular and Molecular Therapy.
Since joining the University of Massachusetts Medical School,Dr. Flotte has led numerous successful initiatives elevating the academic stature of the institution. The research enterprise of the
institution has grown to over $258M, 2 additional faculty have been appointed to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for a total of seven HHMI faculty at UMMS, and a new 500,000 square-foot facility is being built to house the growing clinical and translational research laboratories as well as provide a new “educational home” for faculty and students.
An internationally known pioneer in human gene therapy, Dr. Flotte is currently leading a research group that is investigating the delivery of therapeutic genes and microRNA with recombinant vectors for genetic diseases, such as alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency. In 1995, he was part of a team at Johns Hopkins that was the first to use rAAV as a vehicle to deliver corrective genes to targeted sites in the body. Since then, he has conducted several Phase 1 clinical trials for both AAT and Cystic Fibrosis as well as a Phase 2 clinical trial in AAT with vectors developed in his lab.
Since joining UMass, Dr. Flotte has also continued his pediatric pulmonary practice. He is the author of more than 180 scholarly papers and his research has been funded by the National Institutes of health, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Alpha One Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Dr. Flotte has received numerous honors and awards including the Society for Pediatric Research’s E. Mead Johnson Award for Outstanding Scientific Contributions and the University of Florida Faculty Research Prize in Clinical Science. He has been elected to the American Associate of Physicians, the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Society for Pediatric Research.
James C. Foster, JD - Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Charles River Laboratories
James C. Foster is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles River
Laboratories, a provider of essential products and services that help accelerate the drug development process. Since beginning his career at Charles River in 1976, Mr. Foster has held a variety of positions including: Vice President of Administration and General Counsel, President of Charles River Biotechnical Services, and Executive Vice President, Charles River. Mr. Foster was named President in 1991, Chief Executive Officer in 1992, and Chairman in 2000.
Under Mr. Foster’s leadership, Charles River has solidified its position as a leading provider of drug development products and services. Today, the Company offers a unique portfolio of products and services required to take a novel drug therapy from discovery through preclinical development.
Mr. Foster serves on the Board of Directors of Cell Signaling Technology. He is a member of the North American Executive Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Mr. Foster is a member of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He also serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. He has
been a guest lecturer at MIT, Brandeis University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and The Olin School of Business at Washington University.
Mr. Foster holds a BA degree in Psychology from Lake Forest College, an MS degree from MIT and a JD degree from Boston University School of Law. He is a member of both the Massachusetts and American Bar Associations.
Richard Fox, PhD - Teacher, Charlestown High School
Rich Fox has been a forensic educator for seventeen years and currently teaches forensic science
at Charlestown High School. Over the course of his career he has had the opportunity to be trained
at some of the finest scientific facilities in the country including: The Human Remains I.D Lab, Oak Ridge National Labs, the Human Genome Project and The McCrone School of Microscopy. He has assisted with the identification of remains from mass graves in Bosnia and is a member of the International Association for Forensic Identification. In 2010 Mr. Fox was awarded a four-year fellowship at the Society for Science and Public for excellence in science teaching.
Rich Fox’s teaching assignments have included secondary schools in Las Vegas and Boston, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gifted Youth, and Tufts University. His students have been featured in numerous exposés, newspapers, and media networks across the country and many have gone on to pursue forensic-related careers.
Through extensive collaboration, Mr. Fox’s forensic programs have received hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and monetary support from law enforcement, private industry and academia. He is currently collaborating with professionals to design and build a state-of-the-art forensic facility in Boston that will be used to train high school students in forensic and biotechnology laboratory techniques.
Rich earned his BA from University of Southern Florida, MA from Wayne State University, and PhD from Tufts University.
George N. Peterson, Jr. - Representative, Ninth Worcester District
After graduating from Grafton Memorial High School, George Peterson attended UMass Stockbridge for Park Management and Arborculture. He then served two years in the U.S. Army. Upon his return, Representative Peterson found himself destined to be an entrepreneur and began operating a small fish market in Grafton. In ten years, the business was netting sales of over $500,000 annually. Having faced the many challenges of becoming a successful business owner, George Peterson was inspired to serve his community in a greater capacity.
In 1984, he campaigned diligently and became a member of the Grafton Planning Board, showing his neighbors his passion and ability to aid his town during a period of particularly high growth. Drawing on his experiences as a small business owner, Representative Peterson then ran for the Board of Selectman, where he served for five years before campaigning for a seat in the Massachusetts Legislature.
George Peterson was first elected in 1994 and is now serving his ninth term as the 9th Worcester District’s representative to the General Court. He has served on several committees, including Natural Resources & Agriculture, Higher Education, Housing, Transportation, and the Rules Committee, as well as being the House Minority Whip.
He now serves as the Assistant Minority Leader, and as the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading.
George Peterson and his wife Diana have four wonderful children.