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Alan Snyder, Ph.D. Elected to Board of Directors of Hershey Center for Applied Research


12/11/2007 7:56:51 AM

HERSHEY, Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of the Hershey Center for Applied Research (HCAR) announced, on November 28, 2007, that Alan J. Snyder, Ph.D., has been appointed to the board. Snyder joins seven board members and three board advisors for HCAR.

Snyder presently serves as Interim Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Penn State College of Medicine. He also serves as Interim Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research, Penn State, and Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering, Penn State College of Medicine. Snyder is the Associate Dean for Technology Development at Penn State College of Medicine. The Office of Technology Development, which facilitates tech transfer activities for the College, is located in HCAR, enabling easy access to Snyder and the resources he brings to bear. Snyder is also the Vice Chair for Business Development in the Department of Surgery at the College of Medicine and is the Assistant Chief in the Division of Artificial Organs. In his research career, he is internationally known for his role in development of artificial hearts and circulatory support systems at Penn State. Snyder's deep knowledge of Penn State College of Medicine and The Pennsylvania State University and his role at the Office of Technology Development uniquely position him as a significant asset to HCAR's resident companies, and a valuable addition to the board.

"A major research university academic health center like Penn State Hershey is dedicated to discovery of new knowledge and its application for human benefit," said Snyder. "Development of the Hershey Center for Applied Research adjacent to campus is an important step in building the kind of creative community that builds upon this knowledge base and sense of purpose. I'm grateful for the opportunity to help HCAR fulfill its purpose of bringing vital new health, life science and technology-based businesses to the region."

Located adjacent to Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, the Hershey Center for Applied Research is a research park that offers life sciences and high technology researchers and companies at all phases of the business lifecycle state-of-the-art wet and dry lab facilities and office space, as well as access to capital, business support services and shared amenities. HCAR offers a premier location for life sciences and high technology researchers and companies to grow and succeed in the global marketplace.

"Alan's firsthand experience with the transfer and commercialization of life sciences technologies from the academic arena to market distinguishes Alan as a member of the HCAR board," said Vince Rudisill, chairman and president of the HCAR board of directors and chief investment officer for Hershey Trust Company. "Alan will not only make a significant contribution to HCAR's success, but also to the success of its tenants. He will help ensure that the researchers and industry representatives at HCAR are fully utilizing the resources available to them at Penn State College of Medicine through HCAR."

About the Hershey Center for Applied Research

Hershey Center for Applied Research (HCAR) provides resident organizations with state-of-the-art facilities and high-value business and research resources that enable growth escalation. In addition to its wet and dry lab facilities and office space in a campus-like setting in Hershey, PA, HCAR provides facilitated access to research expertise, especially in the areas of research discovery, development and commercialization; access to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, a major research institution with amenities that include core facilities, clinical trial participation, researcher sponsorship and research advisors; and assistance in obtaining necessary business resources, like venture capital, human resources, including Penn State M.D.s and Ph.D.s, and access to business advisors. For more information, go to www.hersheyresearch.com.

CONTACT: Sharon O'Shea of Zero to Five, LLC, +1-610-934-7567,
sharon@0to5.com, for Hershey Center for Applied Research

Web site: http://www.hersheyresearch.com/



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