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The Heifetz International Music Institute was established by Daniel Heifetz and is based in Ellicott City, Maryland. The institute also holds a six-week long summer festival program to train young musicians,  held at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

The founder, violinist Daniel Heifetz, has played with many world-renowned orchestras and has taught master classes as well as university courses. As a young musician, Heifetz was mentored by legendary names such as Henryk Szyerng, Efrem Zimbalist, Jascha Brodsky, and Ivan Galamian.In 1996, Heifetz started the Heifetz Music Institute in an effort to draw in talented young musicians of violin, viola, and cello from all over the world.

The Institute is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and can be supported through various giving opportunities.  Its daily operations are led by Daniel Heifetz, but it is also guided by an advisory board whose members include local Maryland businessman Fuad el-Hibri.

Information can be found online about the institute, including reviews of past experiences. Violinist.com featured an article about the summer festival held by the Heifetz Institute from the perspective of a talented high school musician.More information about the institute can be found on its Facebook page.

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Fuad El-Hibri was interviewed a few months ago by Ricardo Karam. This interview was aired in the 2011 season on the Ricardo Karam’sShow, which focuses on successful people from the Arab community. Ricardo Karam is a well known talk show host who has interviewed many high profile people, such as Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour, Paolo Coelho, Valentino, Kofi Annan, Andre Agassi and others.
Here is a summary of the televised interview:  (Note that the interview begins in Arabic but switches to English within the first few minutes).

Fuad El-Hibri was interviewed a few months ago by Ricardo Karam. This interview was aired in the 2011 season on the Ricardo Karam’sShow, which focuses on successful people from the Arab community. Ricardo Karam is a well known talk show host who has interviewed many high profile people, such as Celine Dion, Charles Aznavour, Paolo Coelho, Valentino, Kofi Annan, Andre Agassi and others.

Here is a summary of the televised interview:  (Note that the interview begins in Arabic but switches to English within the first few minutes).

Born in Germany, Fuad El-Hibri came to America to be a self-proclaimed entrepreneur. With a strong ancestry from Europe and the Middle East, he believes that,“one identifies oneself by the way one is brought up.” “One never really loses one’s ancestry,” he says, as he describes his strong relationship with both a German and Middle Eastern Heritage. Being fluent in both English and Arabic, he describes language as a matter of practice and opportunity.

Born of a German mother and Lebanese father, he was brought up within multiple cultures. Having such a broad exposure to cultures, he was able to pick and choose aspects that fit his personality and life the best, creating a well-rounded lifestyle and culture that he looks fondly at.

He is a dedicated citizen to the U.S., being that the U.S. is where he lives and works. However, no matter how long he lives in the U.S. and adopts American culture, he will never forget his heritage and the cultures he originates from.

Ever since he was a young teen, El-Hibri had the goal of becoming an entrepreneur. He worked towards this goal while attending Stanford University. He views himself, “very lucky” to have all of the opportunities that were offered to him, like the ability to attend a prestigious college and obtain a good education. El-Hibri was then introduced by his father to a group of honest, hardworking businessmen that helped tojump-start his career.

His dream of becoming an entrepreneur always stemmed from wanting to do something meaningful; something that could help people’s lives, help with communication and help the environment. He did not want to create a company whose main goal was trade or simple moneymaking; profit was not his overall objective. Most importantly he wanted to build something that he and his family could be proud of.

Being very fortunate as a child and young adult, he was given the means and opportunities to make his dreams possible. Without his parents’ support, both emotionally and financially, he may never have accomplished everything he has toady. As the current CEO of Emergent BioSolutions, he was able to make his dreams come true.

Although he was given the support he needed to make his dreams become reality, none of it could have been possible without the hard work, effort and perseverance he put into his work.  Becoming an entrepreneur didn’t come easily, and could never have been achieved without the determination El-Hibri has.

Looking fondly at his culture, family and life experiences, El Hibri has become the success he always wanted to be. Through hard work and perseverance, he can say that both he and his family are proud of everything he has accomplished.

The Vilcek Foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia.  The Foundation was established with the aim of raising public awareness around immigrants’ contributions to the sciences, arts, and culture in the United States.  The Foundation’s mission was inspired by the couple’s careers in science and art, as well as their personal experiences and appreciation for the opportunities given to them as newcomers to the United States.  The Foundation showcases immigrant artists and performers in their New York gallery, awards the annual Vilcek Prizes, and sponsors numerous events such as the Santa Fe Opera and Hawaii International Film Festival.

In the 2010 Spring newsletter, the Vilcek Foundation recognized Fuad El-Hibri, Chairman and CEO of Emergent BioSolutions, Inc.  This is a summary of their report.  The original can be found here:

http://www.vilcek.org/news_articles/newsletters/2010/spring/newsletter_spring2010.html

In addition to his accomplishments in the business world, El-Hibri founded the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation in 2001 in honor of his father, Ibrahim El-Hibri.  The Foundation annually awards the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize to peace educators.  It also funds other programs aligned with its four part mission statement promoting Peace Education, Interfaith Dialogue, Humanitarian Aid, and Social Justice.

El-Hibri credits much of his success in the business and philanthropic world to his immigrant background.  He was raised in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East but always knew he wanted to attend college in the United States.  After being accepted to Stanford that dream became a reality.  After completing his undergraduate degree at Stanford he received his Master’s degree from Yale.  This international background instilled in El-Hibri the desire to encourage dialogue between different cultures which in 2007 lead to the annual El-Hibri Prize for Peace Education.

“We are trying to get to the crucial goal of establishing a more evident culture of peace,” said Zen Hunter-Ishikawa, Vice President of Operations at El-Hibri Charitable Foundation.  The Prize for Peace Educators awards individuals who have made major contributions to the field of peace education.  Past winners of the prize include Scott Kennedy, former Mayor of Santa Cruz, California, and Abdul Aziz Said, professor at American University in Washington D.C.

“It’s taken some time to get organized,” said El-Hibri, “So it’s only been the last few years we’ve been able to focus on our programs.  We hope to grow significantly over the years.”

The National Health Museum (NHM) is a science-based institution devoted to educating and inspiring Americans to live healthier lives. With an on site museum planned in Atlanta, and a web-based cyber museum, NHM is committed to bringing health science to life with exhibits, programs, and teaching strategies for educators. The web-based cyber museum is a global online network and digital information hub, consisting of an interactive online exhibit of cutting-edge science. Its global conference center and forum will stimulate dialogue between scientists, policy makers, and consumers concerning medical breakthroughs. Along with other leaders in business, science, public service, and medicine, Fuad El-Hibri serves on the NHM Board of Trustees.

NHM’s on-site museum, called The Experience Museum, is expected to be located at Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park. The facility will consist of self-guided multi-dimensional immersive presentations of life, health, and the human body, designed by BRC Imagination Arts. Renowned architect Moshe Safdie is designing the facility.

August  17,  2010  — The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation announced today that prominent peace educator, nationally renowned columnist and accomplished author Colman McCarthy has been selected as the recipient of the  2010 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. The Prize, which carries a monetary award of  $15,000, is given annually by the foundation to honor an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the field of peace education. McCarthy’s selection was made by a committee of peace education experts chaired by Dr. Mubarak Awad, President of Nonviolence International.

“Colman McCarthy has dedicated his life to teaching young people the principles of peaceful conflict resolution,” noted Robert Buchanan, president of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation. “His personal commitment and example, combined with his access to national media, have inspired countless individuals to incorporate the values of peace and nonviolence in their personal and professional lives. The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation is pleased to recognize Colman McCarthy for his tireless efforts on behalf of peace education.”

McCarthy was a columnist with The Washington Post from  1969 to 1997. He also wrote for The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Atlantic, among other publications, and has been a frequent guest on C-SPAN. In addition to his career in journalism, McCarthy has been teaching courses on nonviolence and peace studies for nearly thirty years at Washington, D.C. area schools, universities, and student leadership programs. In 1985, he founded and continues to lead the Center for Teaching Peace, a non-profit organization that works with schools and individuals around the world to initiate and expand academic programs in peace education.

McCarthy’s publications include “I’d Rather Teach Peace”, “All of One Peace” and “At Rest with the Animals”.He is also the editor of two anthologies of peace essays that are used as course texts in high schools and colleges:  “Solutions to Violence” and  “Strength Through Peace”.

The  2010 El-Hibri Peace Education Prize will be awarded to Colman McCarthy at a ceremony to be held at 6:30 p.m. on September 25th at the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

The El-Hibri Charitable Foundation is a  501(c)(3) non-profit private foundation founded in 2001 and led by Fuad El-Hibri, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.. The foundation seeks to build a better world by encouraging peace education, interfaith dialogue, humanitarian aid and social justice.The El-Hibri Peace Education Prize was initiated in  2007. Past Laureates include Abdul Aziz Said, founder of the Center for Global Peace at American University; Scott Kennedy, peace activist and co-founder of the Resource Center for Nonviolence; and Mary E. King,international educator,author and policy advisor.

For further information, visit http://www.elhibriprize.org

Company anticipates total revenues of $275 to $300 million and net income of $40 to $50 million

ROCKVILLE, MD, July 20, 2010 – Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) announced today that it is revising upwards its 2010 annual guidance to now reflect anticipated total revenues of $275 to $300 million and net income of $40 to $50 million.  Of the anticipated total revenues of $275 to $300 million, $165 to $190 million is expected to be recognized in the second half of 2010.  This revised forecast does not reflect or incorporate any revenue impact from a possible development contract for the company’s rPA vaccine candidate.

The revision to the 2010 financial forecast is supported primarily by the recent modification to the company’s current BioThrax® procurement contract with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This contract modification increased the number of doses of BioThrax that the company can deliver into the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) during calendar 2010.  This increased volume of available doses of BioThrax is due to consistently high production yields throughout 2010.

“This modification by the CDC to our existing BioThrax procurement contract reinforces, yet again, the US government’s commitment to BioThrax as a critical component of the Strategic National Stockpile and to our nation’s defense against bioterrorism,” said Fuad El-Hibri, chairman and chief executive officer of Emergent.  “This is another example of how we continue to work with our US government partners in establishing BioThrax as the backbone of our readiness against the threat of anthrax and to building a stockpile as rapidly as possible.”

Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi, president and chief operating officer of Emergent, also commented, “The production yields we have been experiencing are a direct result of our commitment to driving innovation in our manufacturing process and to a multi-year initiative focused on process optimization of the existing Building 12 production facility.  We are extremely pleased with the results of our continuous process improvement program for BioThrax and expect this program to drive the maintenance of positive production metrics going forward.”

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of vaccines and antibody therapies that assist the body’s immune system to prevent or treat disease.  Emergent’s marketed product, BioThrax® (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), is the only vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of anthrax infection.  Emergent’s product pipeline targets infectious diseases and includes programs focused on anthrax, tuberculosis, typhoid, flu and chlamydia.  Additional information may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

About BioThrax®

BioThrax is the only FDA-licensed vaccine for the prevention of anthrax infection.  It is indicated for the active immunization of adults who are at high risk of exposure to anthrax.  BioThrax is manufactured from a culture filtrate, made from a non-virulent strain of Bacillus anthracis.  Since 1998, the U.S. government has procured over 45 million doses of BioThrax.  During that time period, more than 9.6 million doses have been administered to nearly 2.4 million military personnel.  For full prescribing information, please visit www.biothrax.com/prescribinginformation_biothrax_us.pdf.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements, other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, including any potential future securities offering, our expected revenue growth and net earnings for 2010, and any other statements containing the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including appropriations for BioThrax® procurement; our ability to obtain new BioThrax® sales contracts; our plans to pursue label expansions and improvements for BioThrax®; our plans to expand our manufacturing facilities and capabilities; the rate and degree of market acceptance and clinical utility of our products; the success of our ongoing and planned development programs, preclinical studies and clinical trials; our ability to identify and acquire or in license products and product candidates that satisfy our selection criteria; the potential benefits of our existing collaboration agreements and our ability to enter into selective additional collaboration arrangements; the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for our other product candidates; our commercialization, marketing and manufacturing capabilities and strategy; our manufacturing success rates; our estimates regarding expenses, future revenue, capital requirements and needs for additional financing; and other factors identified in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.

ROCKVILLE, MD, July 16, 2010 – Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today held a ribbon cutting ceremony, led by Governor Martin O’Malley and Fuad El-Hibri, Emergent’s chairman and chief executive officer, to mark the formal opening of Emergent Manufacturing Operations Baltimore.  Emergent’s new facility consists of 56,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, and includes multiple manufacturing suites designed to support clinical and commercial manufacture of the company’s rPA, anthrax monoclonal, and tuberculosis product candidates, among others.

“The Baltimore facility symbolizes Emergent’s continued investment in manufacturing as one of its core competencies and competitive advantages,” said Mr. El-Hibri.  “It is also a testament to Emergent’s commitment to the State of Maryland, where we are proud to be a key contributor to economic development and job growth.”

“Maryland has a reputation of being a haven for thriving life sciences and biotechnology companies, thanks to industry leaders like Emergent BioSolutions,” said Governor O’Malley. “Emergent’s expansion into Baltimore, through the purchase and re-commissioning of this facility, enables significant investment in the biotech infrastructure already in place and ensures that high-paying, highly-skilled jobs are created and remain in Maryland.”

Emergent employs over 680 employees across the globe, with 180 employees located in Maryland, where, aside from the Baltimore manufacturing facility, its corporate headquarters and one of its product development sites are located.  The opening of this new facility could create an additional 120 jobs in the next five years.

“The opening of this new biopharmaceutical facility is good news for three reasons: jobs, jobs and more jobs for Maryland,” said Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD-D). “To keep our state competitive in the global economy, we have to create and support Maryland’s jobs of the future, like the innovative life sciences jobs at Emergent BioSolutions. I’m proud that East Baltimore has been selected to house a facility dedicated to research that will keep Americans healthy and safe.”

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Fuad El-Hibri

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Fuad El-Hibri

“I’m pleased to welcome Emergent BioSolutions to Baltimore,” said Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-D).  “This manufacturing facility helps Maryland maintain its status as a leader in the bioscience industry and brings more than 100 high paid, high skilled jobs for Marylanders.”

“Baltimore City is excited about Emergent BioSolutions’ decision to invest here, which will create many jobs and contribute a great deal to the Baltimore biotech industry,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.  “I welcome Emergent BioSolutions to Baltimore City and look forward to the company’s growth in one of Baltimore’s key industries.”

The company is currently working on modifying and re-commissioning the facility.  Planned facility modifications will allow for the utilization of disposable manufacturing technology to potentially result in lower capital investments, lower operating costs, and accelerated process development timelines.  The facility previously operated as a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed facility used by an experienced contract manufacturing organization to produce a number of products approved by the FDA and the European Medicines Agency.

About Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of vaccines and antibody therapies that assist the body’s immune system to prevent or treat disease. Emergent’s marketed product, BioThrax® (Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), is the only vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of anthrax infection.  Emergent’s product pipeline targets infectious diseases and includes programs focused on anthrax, tuberculosis, typhoid, flu and chlamydia. Additional information may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements, other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, including any potential future securities offering, our expected revenue growth and net earnings for 2010, and any other statements containing the words “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “estimates” and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including appropriations for BioThrax® procurement; our ability to obtain new BioThrax® sales contracts; our plans to pursue label expansions and improvements for BioThrax®; our plans to expand our manufacturing facilities and capabilities; the rate and degree of market acceptance and clinical utility of our products; the success of our ongoing and planned development programs, preclinical studies and clinical trials; our ability to identify and acquire or in license products and product candidates that satisfy our selection criteria; the potential benefits of our existing collaboration agreements and our ability to enter into selective additional collaboration arrangements; the timing of and our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approvals for our other product candidates; our commercialization, marketing and manufacturing capabilities and strategy; our estimates regarding expenses, future revenue, capital requirements and needs for additional financing; and other factors identified in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 and subsequent reports filed with the SEC. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.