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The Palm Beach Civic Association (PBCA) hosted newly elected President Steve Kay of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and 15 Scripps Florida research scientists at the Colony Hotel Thursday evening.

Steve KayAn internationally renowned expert on genes and circadian rhythms, Steve Kay’s work has been highlighted in Science magazine’s “Breakthroughs of the Year” on three separate occasions. Dr. Kay has also founded several biotechnology companies, most recently Reset Therapeutics, a San Francisco-based drug development corporation.

Dr. Kay explained, to over 170 Civic Association members that attended, that Scripps Florida is pioneering breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, addiction and depression.

Scripps Scientists Speak at Civic Association Reception“You should congratulate yourselves today because here in Palm Beach County you were 10 years ahead of New York in establishing a place for biomedical discovery in the country,” said Dr. Kay. “Because of that early entry you are that much further ahead in supporting these scientists and helping us discover new ways to help mankind.”

“Scripps Florida represents a vital segment of biomedical research that is consistent with our mission to protect and enhance our special quality of life here in the Town of Palm Beach,” said Bob Wright, Chairman and CEO of PBCA. “Tonight Dr. Kay showed why this partnership is important.”

Scripps Scientists Speak at Civic Association ReceptionThe Scripps Research Institute is one of the world's largest independent, not-for-profit organizations focusing on research in the biomedical sciences. A division of TSRI, Scripps Florida is dedicated to basic biomedical research that seeks to decipher the most fundamental processes of life. The state-of-the-art 350,000-square-foot facility employs more than 600 people in Jupiter.

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