Benaroya Research Institute Names Two New Board Members

Seattle, WA

SEATTLE - (Aug. 15, 2008) – Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Jack Almo, vice president and wealth advisor with UBS Financial Services, and Ray Heacox, president and general manager of KING-TV, KONG-TV and NorthWest Cable News with Belo Corp. The two community leaders bring a wealth of experience and commitment to advancing scientific research to the BRI board.

“We are at an exciting point for Benaroya Research Institute,” says Gerald Nepom, MD, PhD, Director of BRI. “The new board members bring talents and experiences that will help us meet our goal of conducting cutting-edge scientific research that translates into advances in medicine.”

“I'm excited to be added to the already outstanding BRI board,” said Heacox. “As a business person and as someone with multiple sclerosis, I appreciate how important the research of immunological disease is for the future well being of many in our community. I can't wait to get started.”

“I feel very fortunate to live and work in a community that embraces the importance of furthering medical research in such a profound way,” said Almo. “It is a privilege to serve the BRI and help perpetuate this world-class organization.”
About Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason

Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI), founded in 1956, works to unlock the mysteries of the immune system. Its team of world-renowned scientists is focused on identifying causes and cures for devastating diseases including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. BRI is an international leader in immune system and autoimmune disease research with a focus on translating laboratory discoveries to real-life applications. For more information, visit

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