Former Phoenix Mayor to Lead Effort for Long-Term Funding for TGen

Posted By Mike Padgett

PRESS RELEASE

Oct. 27, 2009

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza, who helped attract the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to Arizona, will lead an effort by the TGen Foundation aimed at providing long-term funding for TGen’s cutting-edge research programs.

The TGen Foundation’s board of directors today named Rimsza the chairman of the Foundation’s Legacy Society, through which he is expected to engage the many individuals whose past support has made TGen a major international biomedical research institute.

Rimsza played a leadership role in the 2002 effort to attract TGen to Arizona. That achievement led the way in building TGen’s state-of-the-art headquarters at the center of Phoenix’s downtown Biomedical Campus.

“TGen is so special because every day they (TGen researchers) are making scientific advancements and changing the face of human health, not only locally, but around the world,” Rimsza said.

Because TGen’s findings are made public, Rimsza said, its research discoveries are shared with other scientists worldwide in an effort to conquer diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

“TGen has proven to be an extraordinary charitable investment for the thousands of contributors who have supported its many programs,’’ Rimsza said. “Those who have been committed to TGen have come to realize that their investment in TGen’s cutting-edge research to find cures for a broad range of disease is also an investment in the economic future of Arizona, as evidenced by the recent economic impact report.”

A report released Sept. 29 by the independent research firm Tripp Umbach showed that TGen provides Arizona with an annual total economic impact of $77.4 million. The report predicted that TGen’s impact would grow to $321 million annually by 2025.

Bennett Dorrance, the TGen Foundation’s Board Chairman, praised the board’s selection of the former Phoenix leader. Dorrance said that since Rimsza has been one of TGen’s biggest advocates, “it is only fitting that he will lead the effort to insure TGen’s lasting legacy.”

TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff said that Rimsza’s leadership of the Legacy Society would precipitate tremendous community support for TGen.

“Mayor Rimsza’s strong leadership skills and his broad range of experiences enable him to engage the financial and legal professionals, and to provide additional leadership to TGen’s development program,” Bassoff said. “His involvement will help expand the public’s awareness of TGen and communicate the advantages of contributing to the institute’s scientific research.”

Among Rimsza’s many accomplishments, he was elected three times to serve as Phoenix’s 50th and longest-serving mayor (1994-2004). Rimsza, whose family has contributed to TGen for years, was a founding member of the TGen Board of Directors, and subsequently became a founding member of the TGen Foundation Board. The Foundation was established in 2004 to insure long-term community involvement and financial support for TGen’s mission.

For more information about TGen and the Legacy Society, contact TGen Foundation Associate Vice President Denise A. McClintic, J.D., LL.M., at 602-343-8611.

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Oct 27th, 2009

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