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Dr. George D. Yancopoulos, Founding Scientist, Regeneron Laboratories, to Be Honored by Burke Rehabilitation Center

Published June 3, 2013

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute will be honoring George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., with the 2013 Burke Award on June 12, 2013. The Burke Award Reception will take place from 6-10 p.m. at The Westchester Country Club, 99 Biltmore Avenue in Rye, N.Y.

"Burke is pleased to honor Dr. Yancopoulos for his work, investigating new therapeutic approaches for treating neurological disorders. He and his company, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, have made significant scientific contributions to those with debilitating conditions like macular degeneration," said Mary Beth Walsh, M.D., CEO and executive medical director, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Yancopoulos is the founding scientist and president of Regeneron Laboratories, and and chief scientific officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., both headquartered in Tarrytown, N.Y. He joined the company in 1989 and was the 11th most highly cited scientist in the world in the 1990s.
In 2004, Dr. Yancopoulos was elected to the National Academy of Sciences whose members serve as advisors to the nation on science, engineering and medicine. Dr. Yancopoulos is a principle inventor and developer of Regeneron's FDA-approved drugs, which are primarily used by people who have visual and metabolic disorders, as well as cancer. Dr. Yancopoulos also works with Glen Prusky, Ph.D., director of the Center for Vision Rehabilitation laboratory at Burke Medical Research Institute, to investigate new therapeutic approaches to treat disorders affecting the vision system. Dr. Yancopoulos and Dr. Prusky worked closely to develop Regeneron's newest drug, EYLEA®, which is indicated for the treatment of patients with neovascular (Wet) Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Dr. Yancopoulos received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he is also an adjunct professor. He was recently awarded Columbia University's Stevens Triennial Prize for Research and its University Medal of Excellence for Distinguished Achievement. Dr. Yancopoulos lives in Yorktown Heights, NY.

In addition to Dr. Yancopoulos, two other individuals will be honored with the 2013 Burke Award: Harry Carson and Marc Tesler. Carson played as a linebacker for the New York Giants for 13 years and was inducted into the National Football League's Hall of Fame in 2006. Carson is now a spokesperson on concussions in sports, an advisor to brain injury groups and an advocate for athletes and veterans who live with the aftermath of traumatic brain injuries. Tesler is a retired technology investor and venture capitalist. Tesler is currently chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke, a new and innovative program that offers robotic assisted therapy for patients with neurological impairments such as paralysis.

This year's honorees will join an esteemed group of individuals who have contributed greatly to the field of medical rehabilitation, including Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, late actor and medical research activist Christopher Reeve, Paralympic gold medalist Sarah Will, 9/11 survivor Lauren Manning, among other extraordinary individuals. The Burke Rehabilitation Center is very grateful to all of its award recipients for their dedication and effort to this cause.

For more information about the Burke Award, please contact Allison Galligan (914) 597-2222 or via email at

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