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Wednesday noon
January 28, 2015

Greg Demopulos
Omeros


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January 28, 2015
Greg Demopulos
Omeros

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Gregory A. Demopulos, M.D.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Omeros


Gregory A. Demopulos, M.D. is one of the founders of Omeros and has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since June 1994. Prior to founding Omeros, Dr. Demopulos completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Stanford University and his fellowship training at Duke University. Dr. Demopulos received his M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine and his B.S. from Stanford University.


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REMINDERWear your Seahawks gear this Wednesday
to celebrate our team's return to the Super Bowl!
           FEBRUARY 4 meeting has been canceled.
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President Tom opened the meeting with, “How ‘bout them Hawks!”  (And be sure to wear your Hawks gear to our meeting on January 28 to celebrate the NFC Championship and to get ready for the Super Bowl!)

Joel Paget led us in prayer and Danner Graves chose “America/My Country Tis of Thee” as our song in honor of Martin Luther King whose life we celebrated this week. Danner reminded us that Dr. King referenced this song in his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial and we repeated the refrain of “Let Freedom Ring” to recognize his use of it in this famous speech. 

ImageWe had several announcements: Harvey Rubenstein (and thank you, Harvey, for the pen to take notes for this report at the meeting!) reported on all the ways our members volunteered on Monday in honor Martin Luther King, and he and President Tom announced Cathy Gibson as the volunteer who won the fine bottle of wine drawing; we heard about an upcoming Young Rotary Leaders Happy Hour at the Rotary Boys and Girls Club; the Rotary Mariners are sponsoring the upcoming Crystal Mountain ski trip; and we were reminded by Trent Mummery to sign up for the Rotary District Conference in May in Tulalip, which he called an “extended version of a great Seattle 4 meeting with great speakers and connection with fellow Rotarians,” to help us reach our goal of having 100 of our members attend.

ImageJoel Paget came back to the podium and introduced our new member, Jim Kraft of Plum Creek, who has two relatives in our club.  Jim is a Seattle native who worked for Burlington Northern before joining Plum Creek . He volunteers his time with several organizations including the Seattle Theater Group and the Annual Seattle Stair Climb.

ImagePresident Tom introduced “the sparkplug of our club,” Virginia McKenzie who briefed us on her recent experience at a special Rotary International summit in Evanston with 30 other Rotary Young Professionals.  Rotary engaged them on how to attract younger members.  Rotary International discussed their focus group project where their worst fears were confirmed, that this was “a social club for old white men.”  Viriginia said there is a huge gap between college graduates and the average Rotarian age of 62 years.  She said that “this is not a public relations/marketing problem, we need a cultural change from within.” The good news is Seattle 4 is “head and shoulders above most clubs and we are doing it right with our young Rotary committee, reduced dues, young Rotarians in leadership positions, and we have a vibrant Facebook page.” We also have a good connection with students at the UW through our Business Mentors program but “there is no clear path to join Rotary after college.”  For example, not one of the 700 students who participated in the Business School Mentors program has joined our club. Virginia announced that she is starting a new community-based Rotaract Club that will work to attract students from the UW Business Mentors and other existing Rotaract clubs.  She encouraged you to contact her to get involved. 

Our featured speaker was David Poston, COO for the Allen Institute for Brain Science.  Paul Allen started it in 2003 and funds their work which focuses on how our brains work.  They have a staff of 280 scientists in Seattle and a $68 million budget that will grow to $100 million by 2021.  In 2016 they will be in their new space that they will share with the Allen Institute for Cell Science where they will integrate their work on cell and brain research.


ImageDavid told us that 25% of people suffer from some type of brain disease and a quarter of those have a debilitative form. The Institute has a unique operating model that comes from both the academic and corporate worlds. They are milestone driven, exercise budgetary control and encourage team work.  And all of their research is available online to the public. Their three guiding principles are:

• Team Science – multi-disciplinary goals and working toward common goals
• Big Science – clear goals for large scale projects
• And Open Science – all data is publicly available

And their future goals are to understand the brain and understand the brain’s decision-making process and then the resulting action; how does what we see and perceive drive our actions and behavior?  They want this information to be shared by scientists around the world which has never been done before. He stressed that they are purely philanthropic (there will be no commercialization of their research), and concluded with, “how we understand ourselves as humans” is the gift that Paul Allen gave the community.


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