LOS ANGELES (Nov. 9, 2010) The Blueprint for Discovery Gala was another big success as the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) honored Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Anne-Merelie Murrell, president of Giroux Glass Company, Inc., on Oct. 30 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas received the LA BioMed Spirit of Excellence Award for Community Service, and Mrs. Murrell was the recipient of the LA BioMed Spirit of Excellence Award for Inspirational Leadership.
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Abraxis BioScience CEO who has also performed pioneering transplant surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, introduced the supervisor, praising him for his mission to eliminate disparities in access and good health care.
"If there is really a single word that describes Mark Ridley-Thomas, that is service," Dr. Soon-Shiong said. "Mark Ridley-Thomas is someone who gets things doneHe understands completely that all that matters is results."
Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has served the community as a teacher, a community leader, a member of the Los Angeles City Council, a member of the California Senate and since 2008 as a county supervisor. He has been a strong advocate for LA BioMed, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and medical care to the underserved.
Supervisor Ridley Thomas congratulated LA BioMed on its service to the underserved through its Immunize LA Families program to increase immunization rates in South Los Angeles, its South Bay Perinatal Program, its Women's Health Care Clinic and much more.
"LA BioMed itself is a treasure because of its creative way of forming partnerships and its innovative ways of conducting scientific research," he said. "I look forward to our future collaboration because the best is yet to come."
LA BioMed President and CEO David I. Meyer, PhD, introduced Mrs. Murrell as an "inspirational leader
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Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)