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Burnham Institute for Medical Research Executive Vice President, Dr. Gary F. Raisl, Assumes Chief Financial Officer Duties

LA JOLLA, Calif. , December 7, 2009

Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) has appointed Executive Vice President Gary F. Raisl, Ed.D., to the position of Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Dr. Raisl will provide strategic direction and oversee the day-to-day financial operations of Burnham’s California and Florida campuses. This consolidation of financial leadership will streamline operations and reporting. Dr. Raisl is currently Burnham’s Chief Administrative Officer and treasurer.

”Dr Raisl has been an outstanding addition to the Burnham team,” said John Reed, M.D., Ph.D., Burnham’s President and CEO, professor and Donald Bren Presidential Chair. “In particular, his expertise enabled Burnham to successfully negotiate the purchase of the former Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center property and has ensured that Burnham has the capacity to expand our scientific endeavors.”

Dr. Raisl has more than 25 years experience leading complex non-profit educational and research institutions. Prior to joining Burnham in March 2009, he was vice president for finance and administration for the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington. Prior to that, Dr. Raisl served as vice president for finance and administration and treasurer at the University of the Sciences, Neumann College and St. Gabriel’s systems in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Raisl began his career in finance and administration at the City University of New York and Bronx Community College.

Dr. Raisl received his B.A. with honors from the University of Notre Dame; his M.A. and M.Phil., degrees from Columbia University; his M.B.A. from Widener University and his doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also studied at Harvard University’s School of Education, Harvard Business School, Yale University’s School of Management and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Burnham is a dynamic, thriving organization. I am gratified that I can contribute to the overall success of the organization,” said Dr. Raisl.

About Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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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