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FRD Contact: Harriette Bayse

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bayse@musc.edu                                                                     

MUSC Foundation for Research Development Announces Two New Board Members

Charleston, S.C. (May 25, 2017) –MUSC Foundation for Research Development (FRD) has announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors, as well as the full slate of directors for 2017-2018.

Joining the board are William (Bill) Himmelsbach, MPH, FACHE and Julia (Julie) Barnes-Weise, JD, CLP. "Julie and Bill are highly accomplished health care executives with relevant experience and accomplishments to guide FRD as we continue to bring forward technologies in support of the MUSC mission to help patients,” said Arlene Morris, newly-elected chair of the FRD board.  “We look forward to their insights and contributions in support of the FRD mission, and welcome Bill and Julie to the board.”

Himmelsbach chairs the board of directors at the Zucker Institute of Applied Neurosciences at MUSC and serves as vice chairman of the board of trustees of Beaufort Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. He retired in 2012 as president and CEO of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) in New York City. Prior to joining CRF, he was senior vice president at the Voluntary Hospital Association (VHA) and executive officer of its New York-based VHA Metro. Before that, he held president and CEO positions at several hospitals and health care systems.  He is currently a guest lecturer in the Master of Health Administration program at MUSC and remains on the board of CRF. 

Himmelsbach holds a bachelor’s degree in labor-management relations and economics from Penn State University and a Master in Public Health in health care administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

Of his recent appointment, Himmelsbach said, “It is a privilege to serve such an outstanding organization that is involved in advancing science to the bedside.” 

Barnes-Weise is the founder and executive director of the Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance Accelerator.  She has been a visiting associate professor of the practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Innovation, Technology and Policy Project. She also served as a consultant and lecturer for the Duke Law School Access to Medicines course.

A lawyer, entrepreneur and certified licensing professional, Barnes-Weise was formerly a director of Business Development at Glaxo Wellcome (now GSK), an attorney at the SAS Institute, and has consulted for BioMatch, LLC, for many years. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and literature from Ohio Wesleyan University, a juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and completed a year long program in international trade from Notre Dame’s London Law Centre and a program in international marketing at the Duke University-London Business School Joint International Marketing program.

“I am honored to join this experienced and talented board to work together to build and expand the capabilities of the FRD,” Barnes-Weise said.

For a complete list of individuals serving on the FRD board of directors, please visit frd.musc.edu.

 

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About MUSC Foundation for Research Development

FRD has served as MUSC’s technology transfer office since 1998. During that period, FRD has filed patent applications on more than 400 technologies, resulting in over 150 U.S.-issued patents. Additionally, FRD has executed more than 150 licenses and spun out more than 50 startup companies. MUSC startups have had products approved by the Food and Drug Administration and acquired by publicly traded corporations while attracting substantial investment dollars to South Carolina. Innovations from MUSC, including medical devices, therapies and software, are positively impacting health care worldwide. Please visit us online at frd.musc.edu.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.3 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children's hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit muschealth.org.