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Karin Eastham Honored with UCSD Athena Pinnacle Award

LA JOLLA, Calif. , April 24, 2007

Karin Eastham of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) has been honored with UCSD Athena’s 2007 Pinnacle Award for “Individual in Technology”. Ms. Eastham, who serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Trustee at Burnham, was singled out for her dedication to mentoring professional women and preparing them for leadership service in the corporate community.

“Karin Eastham exemplifies the spirit of The Athena Pinnacle Award,” said Lisa A. Haile, President, UCSD Athena and Partner, DLA Piper. “On a personal and professional level, I have learned from Karin, and in recent years, I have had the pleasure of working with Karin on The Board of Athena. This award is a fitting tribute to her unselfish character and willingness to give back to the next generation of women executives in technology and life sciences.”

“We at Burnham are all honored by Ms. Eastham’s recognition with The Pinnacle Award,” said Dr. John C. Reed, President and CEO. “Our organization has a very strong track record of advancing women into leadership positions. It brings us great pride to see Karin receive the recognition she so richly deserves. She is an awesome leader and a wonderful role model.”

UCSD Athena was the nation’s first executive women’s professional organization focused on technology and biology. UCSD Athena exists “to foster personal and professional change through inclusion, risk-taking, education, recognition, and diversity of thought”. Each year, the organization recognizes outstanding individuals who exemplify the Athena vision with The Pinnacle Award. Pinnacle Awards are given in the categories of Educator of the Year, Individual in Technology, Individual in Services, and the Corporate Pinnacle Award.

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