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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital names James R. Downing, M.D., CEO
Date:6/25/2014

Downing, internationally recognized as a genome sequencing pioneer and member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, becomes sixth leader to serve at hospital's helm

(MEMPHIS, Tenn. June 25, 2014) St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, http://www.stjude.org, announced today the appointment of James R. Downing, M.D., as its new CEO, effective July 15, 2014. Downing most recently has served as the Deputy Director, Executive Vice President and Scientific Director of the hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Downing's primary focus immediately upon assuming the CEO office will be to oversee a new era of clinical, research and infrastructure expansion throughout the St. Jude global network. He succeeds Dr. William E. Evans, who is retiring from the position after 10 years and returning full time to his longstanding pharmacogenomics research program at St. Jude.

Downing's work as a genome sequencing pioneer, overseeing the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project, was recognized in 2012 by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 100 new scientific discoveries. "Dr. Downing is an exceptional scientist whose visionary approach to the next era of growth and discovery at St. Jude will mirror the legacy established by Danny Thomas more than 50 years ago," said Terry Burman, chairman of the St. Jude Board of Governors. "Dr. Downing's seminal contributions to understanding genetic origins of disease, as both the catalyst and leader of the St. Jude Pediatric Cancer Genome Project initiatives, have laid a foundation for a new period of research and treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases."

"It is my responsibility as the new CEO of St. Jude to ensure that St. Jude remains the global leader in the fight against pediatric cancer and other deadly illnesses, continuing to set the
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Contact: Carrie Strehlau
media@stjude.org
901-297-9875
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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