Sansum Diabetes Research Institute Appoints Rem Laan as Executive Director

  Sansum Diabetes Research Institute Appoints Rem Laan as Executive Director

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 18, 2013

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sansum
Diabetes Research Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Rem Laan
as Executive Director. He will be responsible for the non-profit
organization's strategic planning, operations, major gift development and
cultivation of donor relationships.

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Mr. Laan has extensive industry experience in the field of diabetes in the
U.S. and globally. He comes to Sansum Diabetes from Roche Diagnostics, where
he spent more than ten years in successively responsible positions culminating
in his role as Vice President for External Affairs in their North American
Diabetes Care business. Previously, Mr. Laan was Director of Marketing for
Disetronic Medical Systems, a Swiss insulin pump manufacturer, for more than
four years until it was acquired by Roche. He recently spent nearly six years
with Roche in Mannheim, Germany as a Vice President of Marketing for the
Diabetes Care division. During his tenure with Roche, he participated in
developing ACCU-CHEK® 360° View, a blood glucose analysis system, and driving
the adoption on a global basis of therapy adjustment based on pattern
analysis. This simple but very effective approach for general practitioners
treating patients with type 2 diabetes is the subject of numerous clinical
studies, several patents, and is being incorporated by organizations such as
the International Diabetes Federation into their guidelines.

Mr. Laan also led Roche's strategy development and implementation tactics with
respect to artificial pancreas development. Roche Diabetes Care is a $46
billion dollar enterprise and a major force in diabetes research worldwide.
Roche Diabetes Care is the #1 blood glucose meter manufacturer and the #2
insulin pump manufacturer worldwide.

"I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to join a superbly talented,
dedicated team and share my expertise with Sansum Diabetes Research Institute,
an internationally acclaimed leader in the quest to prevent, treat and
ultimately cure diabetes. Together, we will continue the relentless pursuit
of excellence in diabetes care established by Dr. William Sansum nearly 70
years ago."

Mr. Laan's professional background also includes his participation on several
key industry advisory boards: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Industry Partner Advisory Panel, American Association of Clinical
Endocrinologists (AACE) Corporate Advisory Panel and the ENDO Society
Corporate Liaison Board. He received his bachelor's degree in Economics from
Carleton College and MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

"This is an important time in the history of Sansum Diabetes Research
Institute, as we recognize that our continued growth requires the stewardship
of an Executive Director to take our Institute to the next level. Mr. Laan's
leadership will be instrumental in expanding our presence in the global
diabetes arena and I look forward to collaborating with him," said Lois
Jovanovic, MD, MACE, Chief Scientific Officer for the Institute.

Ellen Goodstein, President of the Board of Trustees for Sansum Diabetes,
stated that, "On behalf of the Board and staff, I am delighted to welcome Mr.
Laan to our organization. He embodies a rare combination of business acumen,
the ability to communicate with physicians, scientists and industry
professionals and displays extraordinary compassion for those afflicted with
diabetes. He will be a great asset as we expand our efforts to raise
sustainable funding for our work."

About Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an internationally recognized research
center devoted to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes. Dr. William
D. Sansum, who brought renown to Santa Barbara in 1922 as the first physician
in the U.S. to produce and administer life-saving insulin to patients with
diabetes, founded the nonprofit organization in 1944. Today, Sansum Diabetes
Research Institute remains an extraordinary place, where diabetes research,
nutrition, education, and diabetes prevention have improved the lives of
people worldwide who suffer from this serious disease.

The Institute has gained global acclaim for its work to develop an artificial
pancreas, its success in developing protocols to increase the incidence of
healthy babies born to women with diabetes, and its work with people with and
at risk for type 2 diabetes. Physicians and researchers continue to develop
new treatment protocols for people with diabetes, including new drugs and
medical devices.

It is our intention to use our past and present accomplishments to guide us
into the future – to tap into the energy and commitment that made Sansum
Diabetes Research Institute what it is today – a worldwide leader in diabetes
research, prevention, and treatment. For more information on Sansum Diabetes
Research Institute, contact Sarah Ettman-Sterner at (805) 682-7638 or and visit

CONTACT: Sarah Ettman-Sterner
Director of Communications
(805) 682-7638 ext. 243

SOURCE Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
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