Crary Buchanan introduces VGTI-FL to Martin County leaders

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Crary Buchanan presented the newest science leader on the Treasure Coast — Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute Florida (VGTI-FL) — to business and community leaders in Martin County on May 18, 2011. The law firm hosted an evening reception for the research center at the Mansion at Tuckahoe in Jensen Beach.

Law firm senior members Mike and Larry Crary introduced renowned scientists John D. Schatzle, Ph.D., director of scientific affairs and Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, Ph.D., co-director and chief scientific officer.

“VGTI-FL has so much to offer our community and the world,” said managing partner Mike Crary. “The breakthrough research that the center’s scientists are doing on new types of viral infections is worthy of our interest and support.”

Dr. Schatzle gave the history of VGTI and provided a vision for the work that will take place in the 100,000-square-foot research center under construction in The Center for Innovation at Tradition in St. Lucie West. The $47 million building is set to open March 2012.

Dr. Sekaly explained the VGTI gene-based research underway to cure diseases of the immune system with a focus on cancer, AIDS and aging. Mark Williams, VGTI’s chief operating officer, presented funding opportunities.


VGTI-FL conducts research that can lead to the development of vaccine therapies to promote human health, including ways to treat and prevent AIDS, cancer, tuberculosis and the diseases associated with emerging viral infections.


From left, VGTI Chief Operating Officer Mark Williams, Larry Crary, Linda Weiksnar, Scott Turnbull, VGTI co-director and chief scientific officer Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, Ph.D., Jennifer Williamson, Mike Crary, VGTI director of scientific affairs John D. Schatzle, Ph.D., Steven Beres, Rob Elder and Jim Menendez.