Dr. Regina Benjamin Joins Alere Board
Former U.S. Surgeon General brings wealth of experience in the worldwide
advancement of preventative health care
WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 12, 2013
WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Alere Inc. (NYSE: ALR), the
world's leading provider of point-of-care rapid diagnostic and health
information solutions, announced today the appointment of Regina M. Benjamin,
MD, MBA to the company's Board of Directors, effective immediately. From
2009-2013, Dr. Benjamin served as the 18^th Surgeon General of the United
States and chair of the National Prevention Council – 17 cabinet-level Federal
agencies that developed the road map for the Nation's health – the National
"We are thrilled that Regina Benjamin has joined the Alere Board of
Directors," said Ron Zwanziger, Chairman and CEO of Alere. "Having served as
America's Doctor, Regina brings invaluable experience and insights, as well as
a longstanding commitment to improving health care outcomes – particularly for
underserved populations. Her leadership in public health aligns perfectly with
Alere's development of breakthrough technologies that enhance patient care."
"I am delighted to join the Alere Board of Directors and to help guide the
company's vision of putting the patient at the center of the health care
delivery model," said Dr. Regina Benjamin, currently the NOLA.com/Times
Picayune Endowed Chair of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of New
Orleans. "I congratulate Ron and his team on Alere's successes to date, and
look forward to the company's continued growth."
From her early days as the founder of a rural health clinic in Alabama to her
leadership role in the worldwide advancement of preventative health care, Dr.
Regina Benjamin has forged a career that has been recognized by a broad
spectrum of organizations and publications. In 1995, she was the first
physician under the age of 40 and the first African-American woman to be
elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. Other past
board memberships include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser
Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Catholic Health Association, and
Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Benjamin is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the
American Academy of Family Physicians. She has been chosen as a Kellogg
National Fellow and Rockefeller Next Generation Leader.
In 1998 Dr. Benjamin was the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela
Award for Health and Human Rights. She received the 2000 National Caring
Award, which was inspired by Mother Teresa and was recognized with the Papal
honor Pro Ecclesia et Ponticifice from Pope Benedict XVI. In 2008, she was
honored with a MacArthur Genius Award Fellowship. In 2011, Dr. Benjamin became
the recipient of the Chairman's Award at the 42^nd NAACP Image Awards.
Dr. Benjamin has a B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University in New Orleans,
attended Morehouse School of Medicine, earned an MD degree from the University
of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MBA from Tulane University. She is the
recipient of 22 honorary degrees.
By developing new capabilities in near-patient diagnosis, monitoring and
health information technology, Alere enables individuals to take charge of
improving their health and quality of life at home. Alere's global leading
products and services, as well as its new product development efforts, focus
on infectious disease, cardiology, toxicology and diabetes. Alere is
headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information regarding Alere,
please visit www.alere.com.
SOURCE Alere Inc.
Contact: Jackie Lustig, Director, Corporate Communications,
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