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Current Executive MBA Student Appointed to Board of Directors of HVEDC

Dr. Robert W. Amler, who serves as the Vice President of Government Affairs and Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College, previously served as Regional Health Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has advised the U.S. Surgeon General and EPA Administrator on various scientific and policy issues. As Chief Medical Officer with the Centers for Disease Control’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, he conducted or directed over 100 research studies across a wide range of areas. He is currently overseeing development of a state-of-the-art research facility at New York Medical College that will soon be the Hudson Valley’s own biotechnology incubator.

In addition, New York Medical College has joined NY BioHud Valley, an organization that aims to enhance the biotechnology industry in the region. Founded in 1860, New York Medical College is one of the nation’s oldest and largest private health sciences universities, and a member of the Touro College and University System.

“I am very pleased to join the HVEDC Board and work closely with its affiliated organization, NY BioHud Valley,” said Dr. Amler. “We feel that there is a strong connection between these organizations and the work we are doing to develop the Biotech Incubator. I am looking forward to expanding the scope and recognition of the tremendous biotech industry right here in the Hudson Valley.”

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome Dr. Robert Amler to the board of directors of HVEDC, as well as name New York Medical College a founding member of NY BioHud Valley,” said Mike Oates, President and CEO of the HVEDC. “Dr. Amler has a proven track record in multidisciplinary collaborations. The biotech initiative he is shaping will become the keystone for a collaborative research corridor in our region. His expertise will be vital to the success of both organizations.”

“Dr. Amler’s personal passion for accelerating the growth of the Hudson Valley’s life sciences cluster is inspiring,” stated Westchester County’s Director of Economic Development, Larry Gottlieb. “He has been a key member of the BioHud Valley team right from the organization’s inception, so today’s announcement only solidifies his crucial role in bringing us to the next level of cluster development.”

Dr. Amler’s distinguished career also includes establishing the North American network of Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs), which has now expanded to four continents. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Center for Disease Control’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.