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Herbert W. Boyer

2009 Honoree for Scientific Research

Herbert W. Boyer, Ph.D., co-discovered Recombinant DNA with Stanley N. Cohen, M.D., thereby launching the biotechnology revolution and creating the basis for his founding of Genentech in 1976 (with venture capitalist Robert A. Swanson). Today, Genentech is among the world’s leading biotech companies, with multiple products on the market for serious or life-threatening medical conditions and more than 100 projects in the pipeline.

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Stanley N. Cohen

2009 Honoree for Scientific Research

In November 1973, a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by Drs. Stanley N. Cohen and Herbert W. Boyer revolutionized the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and biotechnology. The paper ushered in what has been called “the new genetics” by describing a methodology for propagating DNA in foreign hosts. With the invention of DNA cloning, Drs. Cohen and Boyer provided a cornerstone for modern biological and medical research and the scientific foundation for the current revolution in the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

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Kathryn W. Davis

2009 Honoree for Humanitarianism

Kathryn Wasserman Davis is a 102-year-young example of genetics at its best. A lifelong philanthropist and advocate for research, Mrs. Davis and her family established the Davis Chair in Human Genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to focus on uncovering the roots of genetic disorders. She also founded the Kathryn W. Davis RNAi Research Center at Cold Spring Harbor to support the understanding of how this cellular machinery might be programmed to turn off genes that lead to cancer and other disorders.

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Maurice Greenberg

2009 Honoree for Corporate Philanthropy

Maurice “Hank” Greenberg is a leading supporter of biomedical research through the Starr Foundation, AMDeC Foundation, and his own personal generosity. Hank’s $100 million commitment to the Starr Cancer Consortium is strengthening cancer research at five outstanding New York-area institutions: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Weill-Cornell Medical College – Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Broad Institute. This funding has enabled new collaborations among these institutions to advance novel programs on the understanding and treatment of cancer.

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