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Southern Research Institute Appoints Vice President and General Counsel

April 29, 2014

Birmingham, Ala. – Southern Research Institute today announced the appointment of M. Allison Taylor as vice president and general counsel. Ms. Taylor has more than 15 years of experience in legal and business affairs in diverse industries including the manufacturing, services and technology sectors. Ms. Taylor will be based in the Institute’s Birmingham headquarters where she will manage the contract administration and intellectual property groups and report directly to Arthur J. Tipton, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Southern Research Institute.

Dr. Tipton commented, “Allison’s tremendous legal and business experience will make her an invaluable member of our executive team as we continue to advance our programs during this important time for the Institute. I am also thrilled with her role as an additional bridge to our key collaborator — the University of Alabama at Birmingham and to the University System.”

Prior to joining Southern Research Institute, Ms. Taylor was a shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC. Ms. Taylor earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Ms. Taylor also completed her undergraduate studies the University of Alabama where she earned a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration, majoring in accounting. Ms. Taylor has been recognized for her legal expertise by a number of organizations including The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.

About Southern Research Institute

Southern Research Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) scientific research organization founded in 1941 that conducts preclinical drug discovery and development, advanced engineering research in materials, systems development, and environment and energy research. Approximately 500 scientific and engineering team members support clients and partners in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, defense, aerospace, environmental and energy industries. Southern Research is headquartered in Birmingham, AL, with additional laboratories and offices in Wilsonville and Huntsville, AL, Frederick, MD, Durham, NC, Houston, TX, and Cartersville, GA. For more information visit:

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