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Partnering With His Wife Dan Bell Spearheads Board Drive To Raise 100 Million For New Miami Science Museum Site

Written by on February 16, 2012

Just one week before the Miami Science Museum’s Feb. 24 groundbreaking, Dan Bell, who co-chairs the museum’s board of trustees with his wife, Trish, is hoping that going vertical will allow him to expand fundraising efforts.

"We spent the better part of seven years trying to cultivate donors," he said, "and one of the biggest problems was their response often was, "I’m not convinced this thing is going to happen.’… I expect that the groundbreaking, the beginning of construction and the fact that we’ve already raised about 80% of the total cost makes it a lot easier to believe this thing is going to happen and it is going to be successful."

Before joining the museum’s board in 2002, Mr. Bell was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Miami-based Key Pharmaceuticals. After leaving the drug-delivery company in 1986, he co-founded Kos Pharmaceuticals, overseeing the company’s growth from three to 1,500 employees.

"It took us about nine years to get a product on the market," he said. "We sold the company in 2006 to Abbott Laboratories, at which time [Kos] had about 1,500 employees and nearly $1 billion in annual sales."

Mr. Bell discussed his fundraising efforts at the Miami Science Museum, his work with Community Partnership for the Homeless, and his efforts with the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home with Miami Today staff writer Ashley Hopkins at his home in Coral Gables.To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e -Miami Today, an exact digital replica of the printed edition. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to e-MiamiToday. With the e-MiamiToday you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department.   Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2012 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketingvar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4990655-1″);pageTracker._initData();pageTracker._trackPageview(); var _rsCI=”us-bpaww”; var _rsCG=”0″; var _rsDN=”//”; var _rsPLfl=0; var _rsSE=1; var _rsSM=1.0; var _rsCL=1;