The John Whitehead Page

Whitehead founded the Campaign for Medical Research, a registered lobbying group, which started the "movement" among Republican Senators to double the budget of the National Institutes of Health between 1998 and 2003 - for which the White House may have been their party's reward from the Lasker Foundation.

Edwin C. "Jack" Whitehead inherited the Technicon company, which made automated blood analyzers, from his father, Edwin C. Weiskopf, in 1968. In 1980, he sold it to Revlon, and established the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David Baltimore was the Whitehead Institute's first director. Whitehead died in 1992, and his children, John, Peter and Susan Whitehead, remain involved with it. About 80% of its sponsored research of $105 million is from the federal government, plus $10 million from its endowment. A lot of the government money is for their Human Genome Project research.

A History of the Whitehead Institute / Whitehead Institute

Joshua Lederberg, President of Rockefeller University, nominated Edwin C. Whitehead for membership in the Council on Foreign Relations, Feb. 24, 1988.

Lederberg to CFR Membership Committee, 1988 / National Institutes of Health (pdf, 1p)

Whitehead was a director of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation in 1990. (Lasker Foundation Suspends Its Awards. By Lawrence K. Altman. New York Times, Feb. 20, 1990.)

The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

David Baltimore and Alice Huang

Baltimore and his wife, Alice Huang, were members of the American Cancer Society's National Commission on Smoking and Public Policy in 1977.

Members, National Commission on Smoking and Public Policy / UCSF-Legacy

Baltimore was a member of the Editorial Board of Science in 1989. Other members of the Editorial Board included Elizabeth E. Bailey, a director of Philip Morris; Philip E. Converse, Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences from 1989-94; and James D. Watson, of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Directors included Walter E. Massey, the retiring President and Chairman; its Treasurer, William T. Golden; and Beatrix A. Hamburg. Lasker Foundation director Daniel E. Koshland Jr. was the Editor. (Science 1989 June 16;244(1440):1229.) In 1992, Paul A. Marks, the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, joined the Editorial Board. (Science 1992 Jul 31;257:595.)

Science, June 16, 1989 / UCSF-Legacy
Science, July 31, 1992 / UCSF-Legacy

Alice Huang is Senior Councilor for External Relations, Faculty Associate in Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, and a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Eric S. Lander

Director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, was the number one NIH funding fat cat in 2001. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Infinity Pharmaceuticals, along with former National Cancer Institute Director Richard D. Klausner, a co-founder of Infinity, who is under investigation for funneling NCI grant money to it through SAIC and Harvard University. The Genomics Center received massive funding from former AIG director Eli Broad, and Lander is now Assistant to the President for Science and Technology in the Obama administration.

Scientific Advisory Board / Infinity Pharmaceuticals

The Campaign for Medical Research

"Doubling the NIH Budget - Substantial Increase Sought for Medical Research," Lasker Foundation News, 1998; and "NIH Strikes Gold. Politics, Science, Budget Surplus Combine to Deliver $2 Billion Funding Boost," Lasker Foundation News, 1998, which also notes: "Wealth of Friends in High Places Helps Secure Largess for NIH."

Doubling the NIH Budget / Lasker Foundation
NIH Strikes Gold / Lasker Foundation

"[John] Whitehead has been the sole source of financial support for CMR since he founded it in 1998, with the goal of advancing long-term funding growth for the NIH. He has also been active on the boards of several research advocacy organizations including Research!America, Americans for Medical Progress, and Friends of the National Library of Medicine." (FASEB Board Recognizes John Whitehead For Advocacy Effort. FASEB Newsletter Feb. 1999.)

Whitehead / FASEB

Between 1999 and 2002, Whitehead spent from $180,000 to $360,000 per year on political lobbying through the CMR.

Campaign for Medical Research / Political Money Line
Board of Directors / Research!America

"Kaufman and former FASEB President make Capitol Hill visits with representatives from the Campaign for Medical Research" (FASEB Newsletter, June 2000), including to Sen. Larry E. Craig, R-ID, and Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-GA. Former Sen. Connie Mack, R-FL, is named as "the Florida Republican who started the campaign to double the NIH's budget."

FASEB Newsletter, 2000 / Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

"The effort to double the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget began as a movement among Senate Republicans and has had bipartisan support in both the House and Senate since the first session of the 105th Congress." The FY 1998 base level budget of $13.612 billion increased to over $27 billion in FY 2003. (Doubling the NIH budget in the 107th Congress, NIH Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis.)

Doubling the NIH Budget / NIH Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis

"American Heart Association commends Congress for completing the NIH budget doubling campaign," AHA Advocacy News, Feb. 14, 2003.

Advocacy News, Feb. 14, 2003 / American Heart Association

Friends of the National Library of Medicine

The Board of Directors of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine includes former Assistant Secretary for Health Edward N. Brandt Jr, former DHEW Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Lasker lobby insiders Lois and Michael DeBakey, Mary Lasker's nephew James Fordyce, the late Francis Humphrey Howard, Joshua Lederberg, Robert G. Petersdorf, former Surgeon General Julius Richmond, former Surgeon General Louis W. Sullivan, John Whitehead, Susan Whitehead, and Research!America President Mary Woolley. Former Rep. Paul G. Rogers is Chairman of the Executive Committee.

Board of Directors / Friends of the National Library of Medicine

American Cancer Society

John Whitehead was elected to the National Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society in 2000. (ACS Press Release, Nov. 17, 2000.)

ACS Press Release, 2000 / Charity Wire


John Whitehead resigned as a director of i-STAT in 1995, and was elected director emeritus. He owned 7% of the stock. Fellow directors include J. Robert Buchanan, who was General Director of Massachusetts General Hospital from 1982 to 1994 (succeeding Charles A. Sanders), and was on the Board of Trustees of Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan; and Lionel N. Sterling, who co-founded the Whitehead/Sterling investment firm with Edwin Whitehead in 1988, and has options to acquire over 100,000 shares of the company from John, Susan, and Peter Whitehead.

i-STAT 1997 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

Funding First

Whitehead is a member of the Leadership Team of the Lasker Foundation's Funding First lobbying group.

Leadership Team, Funding First / Lasker Foundation

Lionel N. Sterling

Sterling has been a director of i-STAT since 1990, and still has options to acquire over 100,000 shares of the company from John, Peter, and Susan Whitehead.

i-STAT 2003 DEF 14A / i-STAT (pdf)

Sterling has been a director of Specialty Chemical Resources since 1989. Wolverine Investors of Chicago owned 12.49% of its stock in 1999. Newton Minow and Daniel Tisch were trustees of each of the Trusts which were the general partners of Wolverine Investors. The beneficiaries of each of the Trusts were family members of J. Ira Harris.

Specialty Chemical Resources 1999 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

"Will Jean-Claude Duvalier Return to Haiti?" Haiti Surf, Sep. 2000. "A certain Haitian Center for Economic and Social Development (CHADES) was the nominal organizer of the event, which had been publicized, at least in part, by the placing of flyers on the windshields of cars around Brooklyn. Outside the club, the streets were lined with many Mercedes, BMWs, and fancy sport utility vehicles. The crowd inside was mostly older and male, with protruding abdomens and lots of gold. 'This is a meeting for the return of President Duvalier to Haiti,' declared Lionel Sterling, the ambassador to New York of the death-squad known as the Revolutionary Front for the Advancement and Progress of Haiti (FRAPH)."

Will Jean-Claude Duvalier Return to Haiti? / Haiti Surf

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