Patrick Dempsey, JAX honored



Jean Maginnis, left, founder and executive director of the Maine Center for Creativity (MCC), joins actor and Maine native Patrick Dempsey, Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Edison Liu and MCC President Jamie Morin at the group’s creative industries Award ceremony in Portland Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF BROADREACH PUBLIC RELATIONS

Jean Maginnis, left, founder and executive director of the Maine Center for Creativity (MCC), joins actor and Maine native Patrick Dempsey, Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Edison Liu and MCC President Jamie Morin at the group’s creative industries Award ceremony in Portland Saturday.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BROADREACH PUBLIC RELATIONS

PORTLAND — Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Edison Liu and actor and cancer activist Patrick Dempsey shared the stage Saturday night at an awards ceremony put on by the Maine Center for Creativity (MCC).

Both men, honored for their visionary thinking and persistence in helping Maine cancer patients, were recipients of the Maine Creative Industries Award, a biennial honor presented to those collaborating to impact Maine positively through art and business.

“We are in the business of nurturing creativity; therefore, we are pleased to deliver an award to Patrick Dempsey and The Jackson Laboratory, who have demonstrated the highest value of what that creativity brings to Maine,” remarked MCC founder and Executive Director Jean Maginnis. “It’s our mission to help the people of Maine to bring their ideas to life.”

An independent nonprofit organization with a mission to discover precise genomic solutions for cancer and other genetic diseases, The Jackson Laboratory is world renowned for its genetics research, education and resources. The Bar Harbor-based organization is Hancock County’s largest employer, with a workforce of more than 1,200.

Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Edison Liu and actor Patrick Dempsey chat after being honored by the Maine Center for Creativity. PHOTO COURTESY BROADREACH PUBLIC RELATIONS

Jackson Laboratory President and CEO Edison Liu and actor Patrick Dempsey chat after being honored by the Maine Center for Creativity.
PHOTO COURTESY BROADREACH PUBLIC RELATIONS

“As scientists and researchers, we are constantly creating something out of nothing. That creation is going to make a difference in humanity and our future,” said Liu. “By working together, we are going to do some great things for cancer patients in Maine and worldwide.”

Best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on the long-running TV drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” Dempsey founded The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston, his native city. The center offers a cutting-edge model of support, education and integrative-medicine services to anyone impacted by cancer.

Dempsey received the Creative Industries award from his sisters Mary Dempsey and Alicia Hatten, as well as his niece Nicole.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have received this award,” said Dempsey. “Maine has a lot to be proud of. It is important to be an individual, but be a community at the same time. I’m proud to be a Mainer.”

Upon the announcement of the award recipients in March, The Jackson Laboratory and The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing forged a new collaboration to work together.

“The partnership of Patrick and Edison exemplifies what organizations can accomplish through creative collaboration,” said MCC board President Jamie Morin. “Their shared work is the realization of progressive industry, and real evidence of creativity’s economic impact. We’re excited to see more businesses collaborating in the years to come, and watching the economy develop as a result.”

As one the first of its kind in the country, MCC’s Maine Creative Industries Award is a biennial honor celebrating excellence in art, innovation and enterprise – and the recipients’ positive impact on the state of Maine and the world. The selection committee chooses candidates whose contributions bring together arts and industry to stimulate Maine’s economy and build its reputation for innovation and creativity. Jackson Lab Life Trustee David Shaw and his wife, the Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Glenn Close, received the inaugural award in 2012 in Portland.

“The Maine Creative Industries Award sparks a collaboration of science and art that we will continue to grow over the years to come. We are looking forward to being a part of and participating in future partnerships throughout Maine’s communities and beyond,” Morin said.

The event was hosted at Portland’s Holiday Inn by the Bay, and included a showcase of Maine’s creative and performing arts.

The MCC is led by a volunteer board of directors. Founded in 2005, the MCC is committed to nurturing innovative companies and people in Maine by developing projects and programs that support the growth of creative industries and the arts.

Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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