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Edgar M. Gillenwaters Joins Development Leadership at Burnham Institute for Medical Research

LA JOLLA, Calif. , November 1, 2005

The Burnham Institute for Medical Research ("BIMR") announced today the recruitment of Edgar M. Gillenwaters to the newly created position of Vice President, External Relations. Mr. Gillenwaters will focus on attracting key resources to advance the Institute’s research mission.

"We are most fortunate to attract Ed Gillenwaters to the Burnham," said Dr. John Reed, President and CEO of BIMR. "The Institute will benefit greatly from his experience and I look forward to working with him."

Mr. Gillenwaters brings with him a distinguished repertoire of experience in the public and private sectors. He served as Administrative Assistant to US Congressman Bob Wilson (San Diego), and as then Governor Ronald Reagan's liaison for the White House, National Administration, U.S. Congress, and Foreign Embassies. Under Governor Reagan, Mr. Gillenwaters served as Director of Commerce, Economic Development, and Global Trade, where he created California's first Economic Development Commission. Mr. Gillenwaters established and operated the National Athletic Health Institute, America's first sports medicine research institute, and served as its Vice President and Director; and he was Vice Chairman of the University of Southern California's Campaign to build a Health Science Campus. Prior to joining BIMR, Mr. Gillenwaters was Senior Director of External Affairs at the University of California, San Diego.

In the private sector, Mr. Gillenwaters has served as Director of Private Banking for Bank of America; as President and CEO of the Walnut Land Company, and as Vice President for National Accounts with the Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Company.

Mr. Gillenwaters is a USC Life Associate and a member of Rancheros Visitadores. Other present and past affiliations and volunteer service include UCSD Executive Committee for Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Centennial Fund; the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce; Director at Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute; Executive Research Institute; Mingei Folk Art Museum, and educational branches of San Diego Law Enforcement and the Jefferson Research Institute.

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Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is dedicated to discovering the fundamental molecular causes of disease and devising the innovative therapies of tomorrow. Sanford-Burnham takes a collaborative approach to medical research with major programs in cancer, neurodegeneration and stem cells, diabetes, and infectious, inflammatory, and childhood diseases. The Institute is recognized for its National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and expertise in drug discovery technologies. Sanford-Burnham is a nonprofit, independent institute that employs more than 1,000 scientists and staff in San Diego (La Jolla), Calif., and Orlando (Lake Nona), Fla. For more information, visit us at

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