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October 6, 2012

New director named at Trudeau Institute


The prospect proved transient, even as the new $10 million Stafford Wing came online in 2010.

Brewster and Trudeau trustees affirmed their intent to stay in Saranac Lake in early 2011, and in July of that year, former Trudeau Director Dr. David Woodland left for a research post in Colorado.

The institute began searching for a new director.


Goldfarb said the connection between biotechnology and business is key to how he views Trudeau’s future.

“Our current business plan is to stabilize and then expand financial structures at Trudeau,” he said.

Recombined business and biotechnology research would stabilize the revenue base to include pharmaceutical resources, donors and philanthropists’ funding and then reposition the institute as a hub inside a larger bio-technology cluster.


“We’re like a pair of glasses that allows us to look at the entire picture to see how immune response fits in different diseases without harming normal cells,” Goldfarb said.

That scientific strength presents options to build strategic partnerships with universities in the North Country and beyond, he said.

“I would certainly look forward to Trudeau taking a biotechnology leadership role in the North Country. A couple years from now, when we’re in excellent financial shape, we could begin exploring how Trudeau could use its research efforts to spin out — or work with others to spin out — for-profit companies.”


Goldfarb and his wife, Ellen, have already made Saranac Lake their home.

“We moved into faculty housing on the campus,” he said. “Until I get to know the area better, I thought to start out there,” he said.

They have two grown children.  

“Our daughter, Amy, has a couple master’s degrees and teaches art at the City University of New York. Our son, Andrew, is associate editor of news and features for IGN Entertainment in the San Francisco area.”

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