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Company Overview of Southern Research Institute, Inc.

Company Overview

Southern Research Institute, Inc. provides contract research services in the areas of drug discovery, preclinical drug development, advanced engineering, and environmental protection. It offers preclinical drug development and clinical trial support services, such as basic research and target identification, lead discovery and optimization, preclinical drug development, and clinical trial support services for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The company also provides engineering research services in advanced materials and structures, stabilized gimbal systems, systems and engineering and integration; and airborne sensor design, fabrication, and integration. In addition, it offers ...

2000 Ninth Avenue South

Birmingham, AL 35205-5305

United States

Founded in 1941





Key Executives for Southern Research Institute, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 56
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President and General Counsel
Director of Emerging Pathogens Research Department
Head of Drug Discovery Team
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Southern Research Institute, Inc. Key Developments

Southern Research Institute Appoints Corinne E. Augelli-Szafran as Director of Chemistry

Southern Research Institute announced that Corinne E. Augelli-Szafran, Ph.D., has been named Director of Chemistry. In this role, Dr. Augelli-Szafran is responsible for managing the Institute's chemical research initiatives for the identification of new therapies in oncology, infectious diseases, and neuroscience. Dr. Augelli-Szafran brings more than 25 years of practical and managerial experience in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery gained from leading research programs at institutions and pharmaceutical companies. Most recently, Dr. Augelli-Szafran was the Director of the Laboratory for Experimental Alzheimer Drugs at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Southern Research Institute Builds Solar Research Center

Southern Research Institute announced the completion of a facility to study solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The facility, the Southeastern Solar Research Center (SSRC), will house numerous research efforts beginning with an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) project focused on solar PV system orientation, tracking and aging. The Southeastern Solar Research Center includes multiple configurations of photovoltaic solar panel arrays, microinverters and an advanced energy-monitoring system, including trackers that follow the sun throughout the day, as well as southwest-facing solar PV systems to evaluate the utilization of afternoon sun, when electricity use is generally higher. The SSRC will be located on the campus of Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, Ala. The center is looking for participants to evaluate technologies in this climatic region.

U.S. Department of Energy Signs $1.05 Million Cooperative Agreement with Southern Research Institute to Develop Advanced High-Temperature Solar Thermal Storage System

Southern Research Institute announced that it has signed a jointly funded cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the DOE's new Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS) funding program, part of the SunShot Initiative. CSP: ELEMENTS supports the development of high-temperature thermochemical energy storage (TCES) systems that enable concentrating solar power plants to produce electricity in the evenings and even overnight when the sun is no longer shining. CSP technology employs mirrors that concentrate reflected sunlight onto receivers containing heat transfer fluids. From there, the fluids are used to heat water, which in turn generates steam that is used to power turbines and produce electricity. By adding thermal storage to these facilities they are able to operate at significantly higher capacity factors and produce approximately double the energy for the same size power facility. Furthermore, the production of electricity can be shifted to occur at the same time as peak power demand, making the electricity much more valuable. The Southern Research Institute project will develop a TCES system that uses a low-cost calcium-based sorbent in a reversible closed-loop endothermic-exothermic chemical reaction cycle. The system stores energy during mid-day when sunlight is plentiful in the endothermic step, and then releases energy when the sun is no longer shining during the exothermic step, allowing for electricity to be produced in a more stable and consistent fashion. This TCES system is projected to cost about one-quarter as much as current molten salt storage systems, and will be able to store the same amount of energy in a system about one-sixth the size.

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