U.S. Scientists Contribute to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Effort

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PhysioGenix, a diabetes and cardiovascular Preclinical Contract Research Organization, donates money to the American Red Cross to aid in the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief effort.

PhysioGenix has donated to the American Red Cross to help provide relief for the recent earthquake and tsunami victims. PhysioGenix has been in e-mail contact with several of their Japanese colleagues who have informed them that they and their families are all right. “It feels like we need to do more than check in on our colleagues and end an e-mail with ‘you are in our thoughts and prayers” said PhysioGenix’s CEO Brian Curry.

Japan was struck with an awful disaster at the end of last week with a 9.0 MW earthquake devastating many areas. It was the largest earthquake in the history of Japan and the fourth largest ever in the world. The aftermath of the earthquake continues to wreck Japan as they have been plagued with over a hundred aftershocks, a 6.6 MW earthquake, tsunamis, explosions and state of emergency issues with their nuclear power plants. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that, “in the 65 years after the end of World War II, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Japan.”

“We have many scientific colleagues and clients from Japan and felt it was necessary to do what we could,” said Dr. Curry. “We are very privileged to work everyday with our clients on treatments of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders that will eventually help mankind.” Some of the drug compounds PhysioGenix tests may take another 10 years before commercialization but the payoff to mankind is well worth the wait. The employees at PhysioGenix are patient and do not mind the long timeline because of high payoff, “however, sometimes you feel the need to help now,” stated Yvette Harrington, Science Liaison for PhysioGenix. The company felt this was one of those times. “Many of our employees have stood at the lab bench with international graduate students, post-docs and professors over the course of their careers and education. We have made good friends and conducted great scientific research together and knew that we could not sit idly by while Japan was dealing with a disaster of this magnitude,” said Dr. Curry.

PhysioGenix likes to live by a phrase they picked up from Mavericks at Work by Taylor and LaBarre, which is ‘build a company that works and work for a company that matters.’ The employees at PhysioGenix agree, helping the Japanese victims matters. “When you donate to quality organizations such as the American Red Cross you know that your money is directly helping people today,” said Dr. Curry. PhysioGenix would also like to ask other scientific based companies to follow suite.


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