Woychik to Step Down at Jax Lab

BAR HARBOR — Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Richard Woychik announced today that he has asked the Jackson trustees to begin the search for his successor.

Rick  Woychik
Rick Woychik


Mr. Woychik, who assumed the presidency of the laboratory in 2002, indicated to the board that he is willing to

continue in his current capacity during the search for a new CEO.

Such searches typically take a long time. Mr. Woychik came to the lab nearly three and a half years after his predecessor, Ken Paigen, announced his intention to step down.

“When I came to the laboratory seven years ago, my goals were to stabilize the laboratory’s finances and to explore new areas of scientific research,” said Mr. Woychik. “We have achieved these goals, creating a firm foundation upon which the organization can build. It is time for new leadership to take the laboratory to the next level of excellence.”

Trustee Chairman Brian Wruble said Mr. Woychik as accomplished a great deal during his tenure as president and CEO. “We are grateful for his many contributions,” he said. “We will seek a preeminent scientist of international stature to lead the lab into the future. I am grateful that Rick has agreed to stay on during the search to ensure a smooth and deliberate transition.”

Since 2002, the laboratory has experienced significant expansion. The total operating budget has grown from $103.8 million in 2002 to $170 million in the current fiscal year. The work force has expanded from 1,162 employees in 2002 to 1,318 employees today. Research support has grown steadily. During Mr. Woychik’s tenure, the laboratory has constructed more than 118,000 square feet of new research and support spaces, and has renovated an additional 70,000 square feet for a total capital investment of $80.1 million.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human diseases, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

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