Newswise — La Jolla, Calif., December 14, 2016 ─ Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) today announced that Hank Nordhoff has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Nordhoff, a successful healthcare executive and civic leader, has been a member of the SBP board since 2012.

SBP’s CEO Perry Nisen, M.D., Ph.D., says, “We are excited to have Hank as Chairman of our Board. He is a strong leader whose business acumen, biopharmaceutical expertise and nonprofit experience will serve the Institute well and advance our mission.”

Mr. Nordhoff is Chairman and CEO of Banyan Biomarkers and Chairman of Chugai Pharmaceutical USA. He served as Chairman and CEO of Gen-Probe, Inc. for 15 years and spent 16 years with Pfizer at the beginning of his career.

Mr. Nordhoff has extensive experience as a nonprofit board member, including The Prostate Cancer Foundation, Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego, University of San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital, Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, and the Jacobs School of Engineering.

“In addition to the great discovery science being done at SBP, the real appeal to me is the ability to turn the research efforts into treatments. The return on investment is outstanding,” says Nordhoff. “As Board Chair, I will work with Dr. Nisen and our trustees to ensure the Institute’s continuing contribution to healthcare and its long-term sustainability.”

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About SBPSanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) is an independent nonprofit medical research organization that conducts world-class, collaborative, biological research and translates its discoveries for the benefit of patients. SBP focuses its research on cancer, immunity, neurodegeneration, metabolic disorders and rare children’s diseases. The Institute invests in talent, technology and partnerships to accelerate the translation of laboratory discoveries that will have the greatest impact on patients. Recognized for its world-class NCI-designated Cancer Center and the Conrad Prebys Center for Chemical Genomics, SBP employs about 1,100 scientists and staff in San Diego (La Jolla), Calif., and Orlando (Lake Nona), Fla. For more information, visit us at or on Facebook at and on Twitter @SBPdiscovery.

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