The Board of Science Advisors will be chaired by Ralph Emerson, a noted microbiologist and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Emerson has biotech product development and research affiliations with some of the world’s leading companies, including Cargill, Nestle Purina, and 3M. Additionally, he has held academic and research positions with the University of California’s Irvine Medical School and UC Davis, and has developed many patented products. He is president of Emovations Science & Technology, and is a partner with Anthony Frank in FREM Biosciences, as well as being a director of the Kary Mullis Research Foundation and Altermune, Inc.
Mr. Emerson has already nominated the following noted scientists to the MIT Board of Science Advisors:
• Kary B. Mullis, Ph.D. – Dr. Mullis is a Nobel Prize winning biochemist, who has consulted on nucleic acid chemistry for more than a dozen corporations, including Abbott Labs, Eastman Kodak, Milligen/Biosearch, Angenics, and Cytometrics. He has conducted research on oligonucleotide synthesis, and invented the polymerase chain reaction which resulted in the award of the Nobel Prize.
• Eric Ackerman, Ph.D. – Dr. Ackerman is a senior scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, performing research on such things as DNA repair and proteins. He received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Chicago, and was a Helen Hay Whitney post-doctoral fellow at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England. He became a Principal Investigator at the National Institute of Health, studying molecular mechanisms of toxins and DNA repair.
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