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NSU’s Top Research Officer attends one of the World’s Largest Biotech Conferences

Gary S. Margules, Sc.D.

Gary S. Margules, Sc.D., NSU’s vice president for Research and Technology Transfer, attended one of the world’s largest biotechnology conferences in Chicago in early May. Margules attended the 2010 BIO International Convention with Patrick Hardigan, Ph.D, head of NSU’s Health Professions Division’s research, and Ken Ma, M.B.A., NSU associate director of public affairs, to promote NSU’s research, learn about the latest advances in the industry, and attract venture capitalists. The annual conference drew 15,322 leaders in the biotech industry from 49 states and 65 countries. It featured exhibits from government, industry, and academia from around the world; and 125 breakout sessions that addressed the latest scientific policies and business opportunities. The sessions also discussed challenges facing the biotech industry today. Some of the keynote speakers included former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as former vice president Al Gore.

NSU’s cutting-edge research is making new discoveries to improve health care, protect the environment and enhance human interactions. Using nearly $67 million in external funding, brilliant scientists and researchers are collaborating on projects that advance the university’s academic mission, public service outreach and health care services. They are working on more than 166 basic, applied and clinical research projects in areas such as health, biotechnology, life sciences, environment and social interactions. This research was buoyed in January by the largest research grant in NSU’s history: $15 million dollars in federal stimulus money from the U.S. Department of Commerce to build America’s largest coral reef research center, the 86,000-square-foot Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Science Research Facility. The facility, which will be opened in December 2011 on the grounds of NSU’s Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, will be the focal point of local, national, and international coral reef research.