Joel Nobel, 79, founder of ECRI Institute, passes away

Joel J. Nobel, MD, founder and president emeritus of the ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit dedicated to research that improves patient care, has passed away at the age of 79, according to the institute.

Nobel founded the ECRI Institute in 1968 and served as president for 34 years before turning his attention toward expanding the organization’s presence in Asia and the Middle East.

ECRI Institute now employs around 400 scientists and other professional staff at its headquarters in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., and in offices in the U.K., Dubai and Malaysia.