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Gerald F. Joyce elected to the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences

Joyce recently joined Novartis as Director of the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation

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Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Gerald F. Joyce Elected to the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences

  • Honor recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health

  • Joyce recently joined Novartis as Director of the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF)

  • His research focuses on the development of novel RNA and DNA enzymes and their potential application in clinical diagnostics and therapeutics

    La Jolla, CA, USA, 10 A. M., October 20, 2014 –Gerald F. Joyce, M.D., Ph.D., is elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the US National Academies of Sciences announced following the IOM's 44th annual meeting.¹ Joyce is perhaps best known as one of the inventors of directed evolution technology and, more recently, for creating the first self-replicating RNA enzyme.

    "I am honored to join the IOM and look forward to working with my colleagues and health policy makers on tackling the challenges facing our nation's health care system," said Joyce.

    Earlier this month Joyce joined Novartis as Director of the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) in La Jolla, California. GNF, part of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), embraces the complexity of biological systems. GNF researchers use cutting-edge technology—including automation and robotics developed at the institute—to take advantage of emerging large-scale, data-rich fields for drug discovery. With a robust blend of basic science, engineering, and drug discovery research expertise, GNF plays a vital role in NIBR's commitment to change the practice of medicine.

    "We are thrilled that Jerry has joined Novartis as the Director of GNF and congratulate him on his election to the Institute of Medicine," said Mark Fishman, President of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. "He is a pioneering physician scientist whose research is helping us bridge the gap between science and medicine in our mission to discover new medicines."

    Prior to joining GNF, Jerry served as Dean of the Faculty at The Scripps Research Institute. He will maintain his faculty position there with the Department of Chemistry. Jerry is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



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