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20th Anniversary Highlights of Hope

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OUR HISTORY (LEFT TO RIGHT) CASEY WONDERGEM, GOVERNOR JOHN ENGLER, VAI FOUNDER JAY VAN ANDEL, PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD AND VAI CHAIRMAN AND CEO DAVID VAN ANDEL CONTINUED FROM PG 5 > The design for Phase I of the Institute was architect Raphael Viñoly’s first research facility, but in the intervening years he has gone on to design for Princeton University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and several other notable research facilities. The Birth of the Medical Mile On May 20, 1998, the Van Andel family, along with the mayor of Grand Rapids, advisors and friends, broke ground on the building site and began the process of making the dream a concrete reality. This event set off a domino effect of development and economic growth that would invigorate the city. Following the initial phases of the Institute’s construction, then-Michigan Governor John Engler signed the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor legislation, a billion biotechnology initiative, into law in the Institute’s lobby. This initiative created a collaborative web between the Institute, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan State University in East Lansing and Wayne State University in Detroit. Phase I of the Institute initiated the expansion of the life science industry in West Michigan and promoted a new economy based on the pursuit of excellence in human health. Due in large part to the Van Andel family’s vision, the district that houses Van Andel Institute, located along Michigan Street and adjacent to Belknap Hill, has come to be known as the “Medical Mile.” Today, the Medical Mile serves as an important driver for economic development and vitality in the region. “Here at VAI, the world’s greatest medical detectives will unlock the secrets of molecular and cell biology, genetics and other life sciences. All because of Jay and Betty Van Andel’s belief and their willingness to act on that belief.” – President Gerald R. Ford 1996 Jay and Betty Van Andel found Van Andel Institute (VAI). David Van Andel becomes Chairman and CEO. 1997 VAEI hosts first Van Andel Educators Institute, a national symposium for school principals and superintendents. Dr. Luis Tomatis appointed first President of Van Andel Institute. Dr. Gordon Van Wylen appointed first Director of Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI). 6 | VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE

Two Decades of Sustained Growth on the Medical Mile Since Van Andel Institute broke ground in 1998, it has spurred vital economic growth in Grand Rapids and more than billion worth of research and health care infrastructure along the city’s Medical Mile, including: 2000: Grand Rapids Community College Calkins Science Center 2003: Grand Valley State University Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences 2004: Spectrum Health Meijer Heart Center 2008: Spectrum Health Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion 2008: Mid Towne Village Women’s Health Center 2009: Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center 2009: Van Andel Institute Phase II 2010: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Secchia Center 2011: Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 2011: The RDV/Christman Michigan Street Development (TOP) GRAND RAPIDS, BEFORE VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE WAS BUILT; (BOTTOM) TODAY’S MEDICAL MILE. Opening in late 2017: Michigan State University's Grand Rapids Research Center 1999 Respected cancer scientist and National Cancer Institute Administrator Dr. George Vande Woude, joins as Research Director of Van Andel Research Institute (VARI). Research begins in temporary laboratory space at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. 1998 Groundbreaking ceremony for VAI’s facilities in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. VAI helps to establish Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile—a health sciences and medical corridor that serves as a source for innovative biomedical research, cutting-edge clinical care and economic growth in West Michigan. VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE HIGHLIGHTS OF HOPE | 7

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