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NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Selected as 2012 Pro Bono Humanum Honoree by Prix Galien USA
Date:8/9/2012

NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Galien Foundation Board announced today that NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will receive the 2012 Pro Bono Humanum Award. The Pro Bono Humanum Award recognizes exemplary and innovative efforts in improving the human condition. This special award is presented by Elie Wiesel, in presence of the Prix Galien USA Committee. The annual award presentation accompanies a series of awards honoring companies that have made innovative contributions to biopharmaceutical and medical technology research and development.  The ceremony will take place at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on October 16, 2012.

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The Galien Foundation Board selected physician-geneticist Dr. Francis Collins as this year's honoree for his founding leadership of the Human Genome Project (HGP), which laid the groundwork for the genomics revolution and its impact on global medicines innovation.  He currently serves as Director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  Previous winners include President Bill Clinton and Dr. Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard University and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

In related news, the Prix Galien USA Committee, responsible for awarding the most prestigious prize in biopharmaceutical Research and Development, led by P. Roy Vagelos, M.D., Chairman of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Merck, today announced the 2012 final candidates for the sixth annual Prix Galien Awards.  The Prix Galien Award recognizes the technical, scientific and clinical research skills and achievements necessary to develop innovative medicines and devices, and is considered the biomedical industry's highest accolad
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