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Peter C. Cook and Ralph Hauenstein recipients of David Van Andel Life Sciences Achievement Award at MSU College of Human Medicine inaugural Gala

September 12, 2008

Two of West Michigan’s most prominent health science philanthropists, Ralph Hauenstein and Peter C. Cook, were honored as the first recipients of the David Van Andel Life Sciences Achievement Award at this evening’s inaugural Gala for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

“Peter Cook and Ralph Hauenstein have been very involved in medical and life sciences research throughout West Michigan,” said Marsha D. Rappley, MD, Dean, MSU College of Human Medicine. “The wisdom, counsel and philanthropy these men have provided to the life sciences community has made a significant impact on each of our partnering institutions and has helped to make the expansion of MSU College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids a reality.”

The David Van Andel Life Sciences Achievement Award honors a research scientist or clinician, an entrepreneur whose work involves translational research, an advocate for the life sciences, or a philanthropist whose giving has enhanced translational medicine or life sciences research. The College of Human Medicine will provide a scholarship to an exceptional MSU College of Human Medicine student in the names Hauenstein and Cook.

The award criteria for the philanthropist category is described as an individual whose giving has enhanced translational medicine or life sciences research and whose philanthropy has provided significant financial resources provides to an institution that is focused on translational or clinical research.

Cook and Hauenstein were selected because of the significant impact their philanthropy has made to many institutions in Grand Rapids, but most importantly their philanthropic support of MSU College of Human Medicine’s partnering institutions that are focused on medical and life science research.

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