Service to Science Awards Dinner

The Board of Directors of the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) was thrilled to honor
Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other extraordinary individuals and organizations whose achievements and contributions truly exemplify service to science on Thursday,
February 1, 2018 at the Union League of Philadelphia.

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NDRI's Service to Science Awards Dinner

Dr. Francis Collins, a physician-geneticist, is noted for landmark discoveries of disease causing mutations for cystic fibrosis, and his leadership role in the 2003 completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. In his role as Director of the NIH, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.

Additional Service to Science Awardees included:

Excellence in Research and Patient Advocacy Award
Preston W. Campbell, III, President & CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Presented by: Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, Chair, Board of Directors, NDRI and Bill Leinweber

Pharmaceutical Industry Leadership Award
Jeffrey M. Leiden, Chairman, President & CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Presented by: Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh, Board of Directors, NDRI and Bill Leinweber

Outstanding Research Donation Partner Award
Magee- Women’s Research Institute and Foundation & Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC

Accepted by: Sara B. Arvay, MBA, Director of Operations

Presented by: Jessica Mulholland, Board of Directors, NDRI and Bill Leinweber

Outstanding Tissue Procurement Partner Award
Joseph A. DiRienzi, PA, ASCP, Pathologist's Assistant, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Presented by: Howard Nathan, Board of Directors, NDRI and Bill Leinweber

Champion of  Research Award
United States Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)

Accepted by: Ebony Staton Weidman, Southeast Regional Director, United States Senator Bob Casey
Presented by: Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD and Bill Leinweber

Service to Science Awards Dinner Honorary Host Committee

American Association for Cancer Research

  • Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc) Chief Executive Officer

Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE)

  • Susan A. Stuart, RN, MPM President & Chief Executive Officer

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Madeline Bell President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Bryan Wolf, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer

Drexel University and the College of Medicine

  • John Fry President
  • Aleister Saunders, PhD Senior Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Department of Biology
  • Daniel Schidlow, MD Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Drexel University College of Medicine

Gift of Life Donor Program

  • Howard M. Nathan President & Chief Executive Officer

Gilead Sciences

  • Norbert Bischofberger, PhD Executive Vice President, Research and Development & Chief Scientific Officer

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

  • William Hait, MD, PhD Global Head, Research & Development

Temple University Health System, Lewis Katz School of Medicine and the College of Public Health

  • Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS Dean, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, President & Chief Executive Officer, TUHS
  • Verdi DiSeasa, MD, MBA President & Chief Executive Officer, Temple University Hospital
  • Steven R. Houser, PhD, FAHA Senior Associate Dean Research, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
  • Laura Siminoff, PhD Dean, College of Public Health

Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Health and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College

  • Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Mark Tykocinski, MD Dean Provost and Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, The Anthony F. and     Gertrude M. Depalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • David Whellan, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA Associate Dean, Clinical Research, Sidney Kimmel Medical College


University of Pennsylvania Health System, Perelman School of Medicine & School of Dental Medicine

  • J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine, Executive Vice President,
    University of  Pennsylvania Health System & Dean, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Ralph W. Muller, MA Chief Executive Officer
  • Jonathan Epstein, MD Executive Vice Dean & Chief Scientific Officer, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Dana T. Graves, DDS, DMSc Interim Dean, School of Dental Medicine
  • Caryn E. Lerman, PhD Vice Dean Strategic Initiatives, Perelman School of Medicine

Founded in 1980, the mission of NDRI is to provide human biospecimens to advance biomedical/bioscience research and development worldwide. The progress of scientific research has been revolutionized over the years with the provision and distribution of human biomaterials. The strategic driving force of NDRI has been and continues to be service to science.

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