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25th Anniversary Highlights of Hope

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This is the 25th anniversary edition of Highlights of Hope, published in Fall 2021.

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VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE | 25 YEARS DR. LUIS TOMATIS 1996 Dr. Luis Tomatis appointed first president of VAI Dr. Luis Tomatis was a driving force in bringing VAI to life. Originally from Argentina, he was an energetic advocate for Grand Rapids. Tomatis was influential in creating and maintaining the environment that enabled the Institute to thrive and the Medical Mile to grow up around us. After joining the Institute in 1996, Tomatis helped recruit top-tier scientific talent to establish VAI’s first Board of Scientific Advisors and appointed Nobel Laureate Dr. Michael Brown as the board’s chairman. After serving as VAI’s founding president from 1996 to 2001, he went on to become the director of medical affairs for the Richard M. DeVos Family. A cardiothoracic surgeon, Tomatis was a former chief of cardiovascular surgery at Spectrum Health and an MSU professor of cardiac surgery. He won numerous awards, volunteered for organizations like the American Heart Association and the Grand Rapids Symphony, and arranged for invaluable medical equipment to be sent to his homeland of Argentina. DR. GORDON VAN WYLEN 1996 Dr. Gordon Van Wylen appointed first director of Van Andel Institute for Education As one of VAI’s original trustees, Dr. Gordon Van Wylen was instrumental in establishing the early programs of Van Andel Institute for Education and created the groundwork for the success of VAI. We continue to see his vision in action through the programs we are developing and implementing today, 25 years later. A man of immense scientific knowledge, education, experience and integrity, Van Wylen was an accomplished educator and administrator. He served as dean of engineering at University of Michigan, as Hope College president for 15 years, and as founding trustee and inaugural director of Van Andel Institute for Education. Prior to his death on Nov. 5, 2020, at the age of 100, Van Wylen generously devoted his time and talent to numerous other organizations. He was widely regarded as a thoughtful, visionary, kind and respectful leader. (LEFT TO RIGHT) RALPH HAUENSTEIN, PETER COOK, DAVID VAN ANDEL & JOHN KENNEDY 1996 The first Board of Trustees for Van Andel Institute is established David Van Andel Oct. 16, 1996, to present Peter C. Cook Oct. 16, 1996, to April 14, 2008 Ralph W. Hauenstein Oct. 16, 1996, to April 14, 2008 John C. Kennedy Oct. 20, 2003, to present Tomatis passed away on Sept. 29, 2020, leaving behind an incredible legacy for VAI, West Michigan and the world of biomedical research. 6 1996

1996 The first Board of Scientific Advisors for Van Andel Institute for Research is established All five members* of this first Board were esteemed scientists who were, or later became, Nobel Laureates: Michael S. Brown, M.D. — Chairman Director, Jonsson Center for Molecular Genetics The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1985 Joseph L. Goldstein, M.D. Chairman, Department of Molecular Genetics The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1985 (LEFT TO RIGHT) FIRST ROW (SEATED): DR. LUIS TOMATIS, DAVID VAN ANDEL & DR. MICHAEL S. BROWN SECOND ROW (STANDING): CASEY WONDERGEM, DR. DANIEL NATHANS, DR. JOSEPH L. GOLDSTEIN, DR. RALPH BLOCKSMA, DR. CHARLES PIPPENGER & SARA-ANN DETERMAN THIRD ROW (STANDING): PETER COOK, DR. PHILLIP SHARP, RALPH HAUENSTEIN, DR. RICHARD AXEL, BILL NICHOLSON & DR. GORDON VAN WYLEN Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D. Institute Professor, Department of Biology Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1993 VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE | 25 YEARS Richard Axel, M.D. Co-Director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Institute Mind Brain Behavior Institute Columbia University Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 2004 Daniel Nathans, M.D., 1928-1999 University Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics Johns Hopkins University Senior Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1978 *Titles listed reflect those currently, or most recently, held. 1996 7

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