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The Scripps Research Institute Names Michael A. Marletta as President
Date:2/25/2011

LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned biochemist Michael A. Marletta, PhD, has been named by the Board of Trustees today as the next president of The Scripps Research Institute, effective January 1, 2012. He will succeed President Richard A. Lerner, MD, who has led the institution for 25 years.

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Marletta, past Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Co-Director of the Chemical Biology Graduate Program, Aldo DeBenedictis Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, will join the Scripps Research faculty on July 1, 2011, and become President and CEO January 1, 2012.

"We are thrilled Michael is assuming this important role," said Dick Gephardt, President/CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs and Lead Trustee of the Scripps Research Board of Trustees. "We are confident Michael's leadership and vision will ensure the Institute's continued preeminence in biomedical research and graduate education."

"I am honored to be named to lead one of the premier research institutions in the world," said Marletta. "Richard Lerner's leadership over the past 25 years has been nothing short of brilliant. His accomplishments as President coupled with a long and distinguished research career, are simply amazing. In addition to my excitement about being asked to serve as president, I am thrilled about moving my research program to Scripps Research and working with my new Scripps Research colleagues to push forward the Institute's legacy of creating knowledge, improving healthcare, and educating the next generation of scientists."

Like The Scripps Research Institute as a whole, Marletta—a former recipient of the prestigi
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