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August 22, 2012 Letter

2004 MBL Strategic Plan

December 5, 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends of the MBL,

It has now been about one month since I became Director of the MBL. I have received wonderful words of welcome and support from staff, friends, and colleagues, and everyone at the MBL has been extremely helpful in getting me settled here. I look forward to working with all of you to move this great institution forward.

As many of you know, the MBL is facing significant and immediate financial difficulties. Thus, much of my first month has been focused on addressing budget matters. A recent article in the journal Nature highlights the special problems faced by independent non-profit research institutions like the MBL, which rely more heavily than colleges and universities on federal and foundation support ("Private labs caught in budget crunch," Nature, 22 November, 2012.

You may recall from Jack Rowe's letter in August that several working groups at the MBL are actively discussing a variety of options that will enable us to achieve a sustainable plan going forward. One of those options includes forming much stronger affiliations with one or more university partners. The objective of these many discussions is to build a strong financial foundation that enables the MBL to meet the demands of modern science and current funding realities. Our overarching goal is to preserve what is special about the MBL: its history, culture, and tradition of excellence in being a leader in biological discovery, while at the same time establishing a structural and organizational plan that will allow us to do so in a sustainable manner. We will keep you informed as our discussions progress.

With very best wishes,

Joan Ruderman

Joan Ruderman