Four Winnick Scholars presented findings from their cutting-edge clinical work in the biomedical science at this event, which was made possible by a partial grant from Winnick Family Foundation.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) — February 10, 2011 – The Winnick Family Foundation Clinical Research Center in Los Angeles was lauded at a recent special event, hosted by the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The Winnick Clinical Research Center was funded by a $5-million endowment gift from the Winnick Family Foundation as well as from a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The center provides seed money each year to four Winnick Scholars – leading research scientists on the Cedars-Sinai staff who are doing cutting-edge clinical work in the biomedical sciences. The event featured presentations by each of four current Winnick Scholars.

Dr. Shlomo Melmed, MD, Dean of Medical Faculty at Cedars-Sinai, said, “We are delighted to welcome Gary and Karen Winnick to this series of presentations so that they can see the remarkable results of their investment and their trust in our research effort. Gary, of course, is not only involved financially but brings to our hospital community a wonderful, probing intellectual curiosity, always seeking to discover the practical application of this important work. Thankfully, breakthroughs in medical knowledge and discoveries result from the research of our Winnick Scholars each year.”

Gary Winnick told the hospital’s Board of Governors and senior members of its medical staff: “The research presented this afternoon confirms our belief that this clinical research center is attracting and funding the very finest medical talent at Cedars-Sinai. Under the wise guidance of Dr. Melmed, this research is producing world-class scholarship and effective results that are meaningful for clinical colleagues who are fighting disease and extending lives today. Karen and I are proud to play a small, leveraging role in the bigger picture of discovery and progress at Cedars-Sinai.”

Added Dr. Melmed: “The research done by the Winnick Family Foundation Clinical Research Center absolutely stands up with the work produced by any major biomedical research center in the world, confirmed by the additional national and international grants our Winnick scholars attract every year.”

Here are the 2011 Winnick Scholars and their presentation topics:

  • Dr. Mark O. Goodarzi: Genetics of insulin clearance in diabetes and advances in polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Dr. Stanley C. Jordan: Desensitization protocols in kidney transplantation.
  • Dr. Hyung Lee Kim: Immunotherapy in renal cell carcinoma.
  • Dr. Julia Y. Ljubimova: Tumor delivery of polymalic acid.

About the Winnick Family Foundation

The Winnick Family Foundation encourages project-specific programs but also selectively supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects in Los Angeles and New York – or for those having an international component.

Foundation naming grants include:

  • Winnick Family Clinical Research Institute at Cedars Sinai Hospital
  • Winnick House at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Arnold S. Winnick Student Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University
  • Winnick International Conference Center at the Simon Wiesenthal Center / Jerusalem
  • Winnick Children’s Zoo in Los Angeles
  • Winnick Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
  • Winnick Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center
  • Arnold & Blanche Winnick Popular Library and Karen Winnick Children’s Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library
  • Winnick Hillel House at Syracuse University
  • Winnick Board Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
  • Winnick Winners Mentoring Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Winnick Fellows at UCLA School of Medicine
  • Winnick Gallery at Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History

Karen and Gary Winnick and the Foundation have endowed university and high school literacy and scholarship programs at Brown University, at Mrs. Winnick’s alma mater Syracuse University, and at Gary Winnick’s alma mater, Long Island University.

They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus C.W. Post mansion administrative center – renamed Winnick House – as well as the main cafeteria which is now named in honor of Mr. Winnick’s late father.

In California, the Foundation has supported educational programs at the California Science Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KOREH L.A., the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Program, the Wonder of Reading, the Fulfillment Fund and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center.

Among the many other Foundation grantees are the Special Olympics, The Center for Jewish History, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Partnership for Better Schools, Teach for America, The Gettysburg Foundation, The National Parks Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

The Foundation also supports charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, World Wildlife Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Heifer International and the Bloomfield Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For more information on the Foundation and its work, visit on the Web.


iCrete, now an SAP partner with an SAP-certified solution, provides customers instant intra-business communications and real-time, streamlined access to plant data

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 9, 2011 — iCrete© LLC today announced its iCrete Link™ 2.0 has been certified by SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) as “powered by SAP NetWeaver®.” Through the integration with SAP® applications, the iCrete Link gives producers of concrete and construction materials quick and cost-effective access to critical data, empowering them to enhance intra-business communications, streamline manufacturing processes, and monitor production in real time. Furthermore, iCrete has strengthened its relationship with SAP by joining the SAP PartnerEdge™ program as an SAP software solution partner.

Said Bernie Benson, CEO of iCrete: “SAP has a strong footprint in the cement and concrete industry, the same industry that iCrete serves. Hence, many of our customers are also SAP customers. With this integration certification and partnership, iCrete is now able to help producers further maximize ERP system investments by connecting to their manufacturing assets in an elegant and cost-effective manner.”

The iCrete Link is a proprietary data-integration platform that enables a selection of innovative business applications for the concrete and construction material industry worldwide. It complements iCrete’s original patented concrete mix design technology.

The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that the iCrete Link 2.0 can effectively and reliably provide real-time operating data to the SAP Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) application via the SAP NetWeaver composite application-manufacturing integration scenario (NW-CA-MFG 1.0).

By integrating plant-level data made available by the iCrete Link with SAP MII, producers can access the many remote and isolated information silos that limit manufacturing efficiency in the concrete and construction material industry vertical.

“iCrete Link integrated with SAP MII delivers an elegant but robust set of solutions for data integration,” said Adam Winnick, President of iCrete. “This will help concrete and construction material producers better respond and adapt to a rapidly changing economic environment, to the continuing vertical integration and consolidation of the industry, and to growth opportunities in modernizing and emerging nations.”

As a result of the certified integration announced today, customers of iCrete using the iCrete Link together with SAP MII are now able to share real-time production and performance data with popular ERP applications to facilitate activities as fundamental as inventory management and as pressing as carbon auditing.

The iCrete Link solution also enables vendor-managed inventory programs, which, while in high demand, have seen slow adoption due to a reliance on expensive and customized hardware solutions often difficult to implement.

In addition, as an SAP software solutions partner in SAP PartnerEdge, iCrete works closely with SAP to develop and certify the technical integration of its solutions with SAP software. Integrated partner applications extend, complement and add value to SAP solutions, thereby helping mutual customers more successfully meet business needs and drive strong results.

About iCrete

iCrete is a provider of advanced technology solutions that enable the global concrete and construction industry to harness the value of real-time communications. iCrete helps customers leverage resulting information networks to elevate their businesses to a new standard of profitability, performance, and environmental stewardship.

iCrete cloud-based software tools and solutions help concrete and construction material producers integrate plant operations with the rest of the enterprise and powerful applications to optimize and automate key business processes. iCrete mix designs improve the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of poured concrete. Our mix designs have been used on some of the world’s most challenging and demanding construction projects including 1 World Trade Center and Beekman Tower in Manhattan.

For more details, visit iCrete at on the Web.

iCrete Link and all iCrete logos are a trademark of iCrete LLC. SAP, SAP NetWeaver, PartnerEdge and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries.

All other product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.


Gary Winnick rebuilds

December 23, 2010

The fallen telecom star is using his  talents to focus on a new kind of infrastructure.

By Rupali Arora, contributor

Of all the bubbles that burst during the dotcom era, few popped louder than Gary Winnick’s Global Crossing. The California entrepreneur, who built a network of undersea fiber-optic cables, became one of telecom’s richest superstars. Though Global Crossing never posted a profit, its stock price grew and Winnick cavorted in a fleet of corporate jets and a $90 million Bel Air, Calif., estate.

(Read more via Fortune.)

iCrete offers worldwide some of its most capable and durable concrete mix designs – designs intended use in seawalls, roadways, bridge pilings, piers and locks that abut or cross vital waterways.

iCrete’s newest mixes are specially designed to withstand even the assault of a hostile saltwater environment and meet the lifespan and structural reliability standards set by mega-projects such as these.

LOS ANGELES, CA – February 4, 2010 – iCrete LLC, a clean technology leader and the world’s premier concrete technology company, announced today the introduction of a new family of advanced marine concretes.

Said iCrete’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Tom Schneider: “iCrete is pleased to offer worldwide some of its most capable and durable concrete mix designs – designs intended for the harshest marine environments on the planet.”

Seawater in constant motion provides a continuous chemical attack on materials, with weather extremes and the constant impact of waves and splash zones further worsening an already dynamic and corrosive environment. Construction of concrete seawalls, roadways, bridge pilings, piers and locks that abut or cross marine waterways encounter some of the toughest and most threatening conditions on the planet – and expectations for a service life that may extend a century or more.

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When nano-scale particles in concrete rearrange themselves, the life of a building can be shortened. Luckily, researchers have figured out how to make buildings stronger. It’s one more element in the changing world of concrete.

MIT researchers have pieced together one of the oldest mysteries in construction – why concrete breaks down. The answer could help buildings, bridges and other structures last far longer than they do today.

Longer-lasting structures, of course, would directly help reduce the carbon dioxide generated in manufacturing concrete – 5 percent to 8 percent of the total manmade CO2 comes from making concrete – and eliminate tons of waste by curbing building demolition.

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Financier and philanthropist Gary Winnick delivered keynote remarks at an afternoon conversation and open forum for students and faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The subject of the April 23rd event, held in the School’s Darman Seminar Room, was “Leadership in Crisis.”


Gary Winnick has gone green. Winnick is the chairman and founder of iCrete, which says it can reduce the carbon content in concrete by 40 percent. Manufacturing concrete and cement are two of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Winnick also continues to be the CEO of Pacific Capital Group.

The company has developed algorithms that let engineers and contractors optimize the concrete going into a particular site for strength and durability, while at the same time maximizing LEED points. The secret sauce is that iCrete can reduce the amount of cement paste in the aggregate concrete mix by increasing the voids. Additionally, iCrete-fashioned concrete dries quicker than regular concrete, thereby shortening construction time. The company claims that the technology also allows builders to reduce the amount of steel that goes into a structure.

[Read full article via Aggregate Research]

A recent issue of Mosaic, the magazine of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, featured a profile of entrepreneur, philanthropist and visionary Gary Winnick in its recent issue. 

The article highlights Mr. Winnick’s career in the communications, financial and environmentally friendly concrete industries — in addition to celebrating his substantial contributions to Los Angeles, the United States and international charitable causes.


Gary & Karen Winnick

March 7, 2008

Gary Winnick is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the private investment group, Pacific Capital Group, Inc. and of iCRETE, L.L.C. – a global concrete technology company.


The Mitten Drinnen Kid

December 1, 2007

By Mosaic Magazine

Gary Winnick’s mother had an expression for him when he was a child— she called him the mitten drinnen kid. Of course, Gary wasn’t the only boy in the world who grew up with that moniker; it’s a fairly common Yiddish expression that means “the kid always in the middle of everything.”