Port St. Lucie, Florida – April 16, 2013 – Supporters of the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI Florida®), a leading nonprofit immunological research institute, celebrated its second annual BioBallTM, a gala to benefit its lifesaving cancer and infectious disease research programs. This year’s theme, “Making a World of Difference,” is a reference to the potential global impact of VGTI’s critical research. The black tie event drew more than 300 guests from the research, business, philanthropy, government and academic communities.
While serenaded by Sha Zhang, featured violinist on Celine Dion’s Titanic hit theme song, “My Heart Will Go On,” guests were also greeted by VGTI Florida new additions to the staff, Keith Knutson, Ph.D., whose innovative work on vaccines may help the body’s immune system fight off breast and ovarian cancers, and Ted Ross, Ph.D., who is exploring vaccines that could eliminate the need for seasonal flu shots. Also in attendance were national and local dignitaries, Congressman Patrick Murphy, Representative Larry Lee, Jr. and St. Lucie County Commissioner, Tod Mowery.
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