Los Angeles Business Journal

Veteran Researcher Will Take Reins at Non-Profit

HEALTH CARE By Deborah Crowe Monday, July 27, 2009

The board of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute knew it would have large shoes to fill after longtime Chief Executive Ken Trevett announced last fall that he had accepted a new position in Texas.

Now, after a national search, the non-profit institute, also known as L.A. BioMed, last week announced that it had tapped a native Angeleno for the post, veteran medical researcher and administrator David Meyer.

Meyer, 61, is currently vice president for research at the Los Angeles' world recognized House Ear Institute. Before that, he held a similar position at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Meyer, who completed his undergraduate and doctoral work at UCLA, was a professor and senior associate dean at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for several years. He spent 13 years in Europe as a researcher, instructor and graduate school dean before returning to Los Angeles in 1987.

Before becoming an administrator, some of Meyer's laboratory research focused on how cells in the body secrete proteins. It's work that has practical applications for biotechs that develop protein-based drugs.

LA BioMed, which shares a campus with the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, employs around 150 investigators working on research to treat conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer.

"I think one thing I'll bring to L.A. BioMed is that I'm of the same cloth as the researchers there and I understand their needs and desires," Meyer said. "It's my intent to make their lives as easy as possible so they can focus on their work."

The Palos Verdes Estates resident said he'll also enjoy the significantly shorter commute to L.A. BioMed's Torrance headquarters. He'll start work Sept. 1.

L.A. BioMed, which has strong UCLA ties, is particularly known for its technology transfer programs and has spawned some startups, including Torrance vaccine developer NovaDigm Therapeutics and Calabasas aesthetic medicine product developer Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Ahmed Enany, chief executive of the Southern California Biomedical Council, has worked with Meyer on several projects for the trade group. He predicted that the new L.A. BioMed leader will be skilled at strengthening the institute's industry ties.

"He has a lot to offer," Enany said.

Physician Groups Honored

The California Association of Physician Groups released the results of its third annual Standards of Excellence survey of its medical group members. And L.A.-area physician groups took a large share of the top rankings.

CAPG's survey is the first voluntary, large-scale and critical self-assessment for medical groups in the nation; it largely focuses on how physician networks have leveraged technology and other strategies to improve patient care.

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