Morris Animal Foundation Appoints Dr. John Reddington as President and CEO

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Morris Animal Foundation, a global leader in supporting research to
advance animal health, today announced it has appointed Dr.
John Reddington
as the organization’s new president and CEO,
effective May 16. A veterinarian and researcher by training, Dr.
Reddington has nearly 30 years experience in the animal and human health

“Dr. Reddington brings to Morris Animal Foundation a wealth of
experience across a broad range of animal-health related enterprises,”
said Walt George, the foundation’s interim CEO and board trustee. “His
entrepreneurial history and strong leadership skills, combined with his
veterinary background and research training, make him uniquely qualified
to lead the foundation. His passion for animals and desire to make a
difference in their lives brought him to the foundation, and we are
excited to welcome him on board.”

Most recently, Dr. Reddington was working as a consultant for the
biopharma industry, prior to which he was chief operating officer for
Cambridge Biomedical Inc., a privately held contract research
organization. Dr. Reddington has served as president and CEO of Sirtex
Medical Inc., a U.S. division of the Australian company Sirtex Medical
Group Ltd. Prior to joining Sirtex, he was chief operating officer and
senior vice president of research and development for Valentis Inc.,
where he played a key role in transitioning Valentis’ clinical focus in
the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

“I have been impressed by Morris Animal Foundation and its mission since
first coming to know about it in veterinary school, and have followed
its progress and superb reputation over the years,” said Dr. Reddington.
“As a long-time pet owner and licensed veterinarian, I have always had a
passion to help animals. I’m looking forward to doing everything I can
to continue the foundation’s legacy of improving the lives of animals
around the world.”

Dr. Reddington received his DVM and PhD in immunology from Washington
State University. He started his first company, DiagXotics Inc., in
1990. The company specialized in commercializing vaccines and
diagnostics for exotic and zoonotic animal diseases, validating them for
clinical use and licensing technologies from leading veterinary schools
and research institutes.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization that invests in
science to advance animal health. The foundation is a global leader in
funding scientific studies for companion animals, horses and wildlife.
Since its founding in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more
than $100 million toward 2,400 studies that have led to significant
breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures to
benefit animals worldwide. Learn more at Morris
Animal Foundation


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