Swine Expert Joins Spring Point Project Board of Directors

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 General News
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MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 17 The Board of Directors of SpringPoint Project, a non-profit organization created to provide an unlimitedsource of pig islet (insulin-producing cells of the pancreas) cells toaccelerate the availability and affordability of islet transplantation, hasattracted yet another expert to support its mission toward finding the cure todiabetes. Scott A. Dee, DVM, PhD, a Professor of Veterinary PopulationMedicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Minnesota,is the newest member to join the organization's board.

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Dee is a well-recognized authority in swine infectious diseases. He hasnumerous awards in the field and more than 100 peer-reviewed publications inscientific journals. In addition to his ties to the University, Dee functionsas a swine consultant in more than 30 U.S. states and 20 countries. He is alsopast President of the American Association of Swine Practitioners.

"Dee is not new to Spring Point Project though," says Tom Cartier,president and chairman of the Spring Point Project board. "He was connected tothe organization in its first years of existence, offering valuable advice onthe design of our animal facilities.

"We are now pleased to have him contribute his expertise on the board,"Cartier adds. "Given his knowledgeable background in swine infectious diseasesand experience in disease transmission, Scott brings important skills andpersonal passion to Spring Point Project."

Besides Dee's scientific interest and technological expertise, he ispersonally motivated to serve on the Spring Point Project Board of Directorsbecause a young child in his family was recently diagnosed with diabetes.

About Spring Point Project

Spring Point Project is a nonprofit organization with the mission toprovide an unlimited source of pig islet cells to accelerate the availabilityand affordability of islet transplantation to cure diabetes. Spring PointProject and the University of Minnesota work in partnership to provide thesource and science needed to move toward a cure for diabetes.

The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF), a not-for-profitworldwide network based in Washington, DC, has made a substantial contributionof $6.2 million to Spring Point Project. In recognition of this significantdonation, the Islet Resource Facility was named after the DRWF.

The Ryan Companies US, Inc., a leading national commercial real estatefirm led by third-generation family members, is another major donor to SpringPoint Project. Pat and Ann Ryan and Jim and Colleen Ryan have contributed $3million. Their donation included personal gifts and contributions through thecompany. In addition, the company built the facility in which Spring PointProject's research is conducted. For more information about the RyanCompanies, visit www.ryancompanies.com .

To contact Spring Point Project, visit www.SpringPointProject.org . Tocontact the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation, visitwww.diabeteswellness.net . To contact the Diabetes Institute for Immunologyand Transplantation, visit www.diabetesinstitute.org .Janet Bosserman R/P Marketing Public Relations (419)241-2221 jbosserman@r-p.com

SOURCE Spring Point Project

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