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October 1, 2007


Kenneth Trevett To Serve As First Distinguished Speaker
Of New College of Natural & Behavioral Sciences Series

Carson, CA Kenneth P. Trevett, J.D., president and CEO of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, will be the featured speaker at the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences inaugural Distinguished Speakers Series Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 12.

The buffet luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Loker Student Union on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). A question-and-answer session will follow Trevett’s speech.

Trevett, who has served in administrative and legal leadership positions in several not-for-profit research institutions, will address the luncheon's audience on "The Academic Biomedical Research Enterprise: Ethical and Organizational Perspectives." Part of his responsibilities in these organizations has been to manage technology transfer relationships between industrial and academic organizations.

“Ken Trevett was a natural choice for our first Distinguished Speaker Series, as he is an important and respected participant in the Southern California biomedical community,” said Charles Hohm, dean of the college. “The College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at CSUDH is striving to become more involved in the local biomedical community, and Ken Trevett and LA BioMed have been extremely cooperative with our faculty and students, and this support is very much appreciated.”

As CEO of LA BioMed, Trevett oversees one of the largest independent biomedical research organizations in the country, with 150 principal investigators and a budget of over $75 million. The organization is also a leader in training future scientists, several of whom come from CSU Dominguez Hills.

For the last several years, LA BioMed and the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences have worked closely together, partnering on prestigious grants and federally funded training programs such as the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program that provides students with real world research experience.

Trevett joined LA BioMed in 2001, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience as an administrator and legal counsel in biomedical research/education/clinic service institutions. He has taught and lectured extensively in the field of academic-industry technology transfer and has authored a CD-ROM on the licensing of academic technology. He also serves on the board of the Southern California Biomedical Council and on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, positions which further his commitment to strengthening the academic and commercial biomedical enterprise.

“Los Angeles County has 25 academic organizations with active biomedical science research programs,” Trevett noted. “These organizations receive nearly $1 billion in funding from the National Institutes of Health, making this region one of the most vibrant in the entire United States for the discovery of new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. In addition, there are nearly 400 medical companies in Los Angeles County alone. It is our responsibility to nurture this industry here, diversify our regional economy, and generate new, well-paying jobs. Cal State Dominguez Hills is ideally situated to train new researchers and research support personnel to meet the needs of this growing enterprise. LA BioMed is proud to partner with the university in meeting this important goal.”

The distinguished speakers series was established to highlight the important work being done in the natural and behavioral sciences in the Southern California region and the contributions of the university to those fields. For the first year of the series, a lunch with a featured speaker will take place once a semester.

This first luncheon is being sponsored by the Southern California Biomedical Council, Schools Federal Credit Union and the Center for Teaching and Learning at CSU Dominguez Hills. It is free to attend, but reservations are requested. For reservations or more information, call (310) 243-2547 or e-mail chohm@csudh.edu.

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About LA BioMed -- Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute is an independent research institute that is academically affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. The institute is located on the campus of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Torrance. The institute has become an economic engine for the South Bay, pumping an additional $155 million into the local economy in 2005, according to a 2007 Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation report. With 1,460 employees working directly or indirectly for the institute, LA BioMed contributes to Los Angeles County’s economic viability while inventing the future of health care through its ground-breaking research, its training of the scientists of tomorrow and its service to the local community. For more information, visit www.labiomed.org.

About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.




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