Fund (ETF). This investment follows a $250,000 deal announced in March 2008, and will fund additionaldevelopment of Halsa’s treatment for obesity and diabetes.”
(Governor Rick Perry, “Gov. Perry Announces Second ETF Investment In HalsaPharmaceuticals,” Press Release, 8/3/09)
Perry Has Close Ties To Halsa Board Members
Perry Has Close Ties To Halsa Board Member Guy Diedrich
Texas A&M Vice Chancellor For Federal Relations, Commercialization And Economic Development GuyDiedrich Is On Halsa’s Board Of Directors.
“Dr. Diedrich is the Vice Chancellor for The Texas A&M UniversitySystem responsible for federal relations, economic development and technology commercialization. Dr. Diedrichserved for eleven years as President and CEO of GRA Inc., a software development and consulting companyacquired in 1998 by a publicly-traded technology company. He also served as President of Austin TechnologyVentures. Dr. Diedrich serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Life Sciences Center, AmericanTrauma Society, Texas A&M College of Science, Young President’s Organization, Royal Economic Society, andSociety of Business Economists. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Institute for Genomic Medicine.”
(Halsa Pharmaceuticals Website,www.halsapharma.net, Accessed 8/3/09)
Article On Power Struggle Between A&M System Chancellor MikeMcKinney And Then-A&M University President Elsa Murano Describes Diedrich As “Close” With Perry.
“Recent events and disclosures reveal a power struggle involving system Chancellor Mike McKinney, campusPresident Elsa Murano, the regents, the faculty and, to some extent, Gov. Rick Perry. … Not only did Perry appointall nine regents, but McKinney is a former chief of staff for the governor. Guy Diedrich , vice chancellor for federalrelations and commercialization, is also close to Perry. Mark Ellison , associate vice chancellor for economicdevelopment, is a former director of the state's Emerging Technology Fund, a pet project of Perry's.”
(Ralph K.M. Haurwitz,“Aggie leadership fight coming to a head,”
In May 2009, Perry Appointed Diedrich To Product Development And Small Business Incubator Board.
“Gov. Rick Perry has appointed four members to the Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board.The board advises the Economic Development Bank on the administration of the product and small businessdevelopment fund. Guy K. Diedrich of Austin is vice chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. … Hereplaces Richard E. Ewing of College Station for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2011.”
(Gov. Rick Perry, “Gov. Perry Appoints Four toProduct Development and Small Business Incubator Board,” Press Release, 5/14/09)
On March 24, 2009, Diedrich Appeared Before State House Appropriations Committee To Testify OnControversial $50 Million ETF Grant To National Center For Therapeutics Manufacturing.
“Lawmakers grilledGov. Rick Perry’s advisers Tuesday on their decision to spend $50 million meant to lure new businesses to Texason a new research facility. Members of the House budget-writing committee said they don't oppose creation of theTexas A&M University System's National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing, which will be built on the campusof A&M, Perry's alma mater. The world-class facility will help researchers advance production processes for newdrug therapies. But the way Perry's office funded it - moving $50 million that lawmakers earmarked for the state'sdeal-closing fund into an account used for new technology programs - raises red flags for legislators. The grant isthe largest by far from a fund that has never before been used to construct university buildings. The money transfer was the first of its kind.”
(Emily Ramshaw, “Perry advisers take heat on A&M grant,”
The Dallas Morning News
, 3/25/09; Appropriations Committee, Texas StateHouse, Hearing, 3/24/09)
In 2008, Diedrich Was Interviewed By Perry Advisers As A Possible Replacement For Former Secretary Of State Phil Wilson.
“Gov. Rick Perry has a high-profile job to fill and, far as I can tell, hasn't found a favorite. Don'trush to apply, though. Unless he breaks with history, Perry isn't likely to give the job to just anybody. The post of secretary of state, which pays up to $117,516, amounts to a political plum - meaning only a select few have a shot.