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November 17, 1999

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Howard Califano Appointed Ceo of Johns Hopkins Singapore

Howard W. Califano, J.D., has been appointed CEO of Johns Hopkins Singapore (JHS) and Johns Hopkins Singapore Clinical Services.

JHS was established in 1998 to give Hopkins a professional and business presence in Asia and help Singapore develop as a major regional biomedical hub. At the same time, JHS Clinical Services Pte. Ltd. was established to provide health care services in Singapore for complex medical conditions.

Califano has directed OTL, the office created in 1986 to facilitate the commercialization of intellectual property developed by Hopkins faculty and staff, since 1995.

"We are pleased to have such an outstanding person on board to assume such an important post," says Steven J. Thompson, CEO of Johns Hopkins International. "With Howard's background in health care, biomedicine and successful commercialization of new medical discoveries, he is the ideal person to lead Johns Hopkins Singapore."

Califano joined Hopkins in 1981 as a patent attorney in the Applied Physics Lab. In 1990, he was appointed associate director of The Johns Hopkins University Office of Technology Licensing, assuming directorship of the office five years later.

With more than 12 years experience commercializing medical technology both nationally and internationally, Califano has been responsible for forming and incubating 12 venture-backed start-up companies during the past five years.

He has a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Cornell University and a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar and U.S. Patent and Trademark Bar.

Unlike most arrangements between U.S.-based medical centers and foreign facilities, JHSCS follows a "center of excellence" model that places emphasis on research and medical education, as well as patient care, within a collaborative structure that benefits all participating organizations.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, a $1.7 billion enterprise that unites Hopkins' biomedical research, clinical, teaching and business enterprises, includes The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation, Johns Hopkins Bayview Physicians, Johns Hopkins HealthCare and Johns Hopkins Home Care Group.

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