SAN DIEGO (January 23, 2012) La Jolla Institute scientist Matthias von Herrath, M.D., a world leader in basic research on type 1 diabetes, has long dreamed of seeing his discoveries translated into new therapies to better treat this serious and chronic disorder. Dr. von Herrath may soon get his chance as head of a new translational type 1 diabetes center to be opened in Seattle in 2012 by Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company specializing in diabetes care. Dr. von Herrath will continue to lead his vibrant and renowned research program at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology on a part-time basis.
"We are excited by the opportunities that this dual appointment will provide Dr. von Herrath to take his discoveries to the next level clinical development," said Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D., La Jolla Institute president & chief scientific officer. "As a nonprofit biomedical research institute, our mission is to find the molecular causes of diseases, with the hope that our discoveries will one day be translated into new and better therapies. This is an important step toward that goal."
Dr. Jacob Sten Petersen, Novo Nordisk corporate vice president, said the new translational center will be based on an innovative strategic concept to move early stage discovery projects rapidly from mouse models into small clinical exploration trials in type 1 diabetes patients. "The primary goal of this initiative is to find new, innovative ways to treat people with type 1 diabetes," he said, adding that the Center is planned to open this summer.
The company sought Dr. von Herrath to lead the Center due to his stellar record in type 1 diabetes research. "Dr. von Herrath is generally regarded as one of the top researchers in the world in type 1 diabetes," said Dr. Petersen. "He has made several key advances and is the kind of dedicated, talented researcher that can fuel true innovation in type 1 diabetes treatment." Dr. von Herrath is
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