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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, October 25, 2012

Michael J. Hopkins Rejoins Sansum Diabetes Research Institute Board

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is pleased announce that Michael J. Hopkins has rejoined our Board of Trustees.


Mr. Hopkins is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Legal for Ice Energy, a distributed energy storage company.

Prior to joining Ice Energy, Hopkins practiced law for 18 years as a partner with Bennett Jones LLP, a pre-eminent Canadian law firm recognized internationally as a leader in the fields of energy and climate change. He specialized in the development and financing of power projects, served on the firm’s Executive Committee and led their Utilities Group, International Group and Independent Power Group. Hopkins left Bennett Jones at the end of 2002 to lead the workout of a private data center developer that resulted in its sale. After the sale of that company, He co-founded a geospatial information services company and assisted several other startups.

Hopkins is a member of the Board of Chancellors of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, a member of the Board of Directors and Past Chairman of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada, Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, and a member of the Board of Directors of Integrated Marine Education and Research Expeditions. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and has presented papers at meetings of the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association, the Independent Power Producer’s Society and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.

Hopkins received a B.A. and a law degree from the University of Ottawa, an M.A.(Law and Economics) from the University of Miami in Florida and an MBA from the University of Alberta. He is married to Mary Lee Hopkins. They reside in Santa Barbara.

About Sansum Diabetes Research Institute:

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an internationally recognized research center devoted to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes. Dr. William D. Sansum, who brought renown to Santa Barbara in 1922 as the first physician in the U.S. to produce and administer life-saving insulin to patients with diabetes, founded the nonprofit organization in 1944. Today, under the leadership of Lois Jovanovič, M.D., Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an innovative organization, where diabetes research, nutrition, education, and diabetes prevention have improved the lives of people worldwide who suffer from this serious disease.

The Institute has gained global acclaim for its work to develop an artificial pancreas, its success in developing protocols to increase the incidence of healthy babies born to women with diabetes, and its work with people with and at risk for type 2 diabetes. Physicians and researchers continue to develop new treatment protocols for people with diabetes, including new drugs and medical devices.

It is our intention to use our past and present accomplishments to guide us into the future – to tap into the energy and commitment that made Sansum Diabetes Research Institute what it is today – a global leader in diabetes research, prevention, and treatment. For more information on Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, contact Sarah Ettman-Sterner at (805) 682-7638 or settman-sterner@sansum.org and visit sansum.org.

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