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ASBMB Names New Public Affairs Chief

BenCorbThe American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology this week named Benjamin W. Corb its new director of public affairs.

Corb, who will replace longtime ASBMB public affairs chief Peter Farnham upon his retirement, brings to the society almost a decade of experience in building partnerships between the federal government and the private sector to utilize scientific advancement to improve the quality of life and well-being of Americans.

“Ben is uniquely positioned to take the reins of the society’s policy arm, build on its past successes and identify new opportunities and partnerships,” said ASBMB Executive Director Barbara Gordon. “He is adept at managing existing and developing new relationships with key officials on local and federal levels, and he has a track record of helping to develop sound policies that rely upon unbiased data.”

Corb has spent the past two years as director of public affairs at the Washington, D.C.-based American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, serving as the chief public face of the organization before institute partners, the White House and Congress. Before that, he served as a senior technical coordinator for the Next Generation Air Transportation System Institute, a government affairs representative for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a management analyst for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

“Ben brings a clear understanding of our legislative issues, the workings of Congress and the importance of our contacts at the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other federal agencies,” said Suzanne Pfeffer, the president of the society. “He is smart, energetic and will be a wonderful addition to our excellent staff.”

Corb said he looks forward to learning more about, hearing from and serving the society’s members.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to join the talented team at ASBMB,” he said. “My addition to the staff comes at a time when the society’s leadership will be working to emphasize to our members the importance of policy and to identify new and innovative ways to include members in the policy-making process.  I cannot wait to roll up my sleeves and get started.”

Corb will take his new post Sept. 13, and Farnham will shepherd the leadership transition through Dec. 30.