G. Thompson Hutton, Geoffrey Beene Foundation

TITLE:  Trustee and CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Cancer research

CONTACT:  212-472-7711, info@geoffreybeene.com

PROFILE: G. Thompson Hutton became Geoffrey Beene’s president and CEO in 2004, and in 2006, he established the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back philanthropic initiative. He was a lawyer working for company founder Geoffrey Beene, who was diagnosed and succumbed to cancer.

Research America published the following information about his background when he won an advocacy award in 2010:

Hutton initiated and led the creation of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, for which the Beene Foundation is the primary funding source. Through Geoffrey Beene Gives Back®, he supports other medical research such as Alzheimer's, heart disease, public education initiatives, and social causes to improve quality of life. Hutton created the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® Alzheimer's Initiative, which spearheaded the "Rock Stars of Science" campaign and was one of the lead co-sponsors of the 2009 HBO pioneering documentary series "The Alzheimer's Project."

Under his leadership, Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® launched the "Rock Stars of Science" campaign in June 2009 in GQ magazine pairing leading scientists with well-known rock stars to advocate for increased research funding and engage the next generation in science. The campaign ads later appeared in other Conde Nast publications. In September 2009, Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® and other organizations held a "Rock Stars of Science" briefing/concert performance on Capitol Hill to celebrate scientists and research.

You can watch his speech accepting the award on the Rock Stars of Science YouTube page.