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Avon Foundation for Women, NIH, and the Center for Advancing Innovation Launch Start-Up Challenge to Advance Breast Cancer Biomedical Invention
Date:9/19/2013

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  •     Gil Price, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Drug Safety Solutions
  •     Thomas M. Stackhouse, Ph.D. Associate Director, Technology Transfer Center, NCI
  •     George F. Tidmarsh, M.D., Ph.D. President, Chief Executive Officer, La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co.
  •     Rosemarie Truman Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Advancing Innovation, INC.
  • “In addition to making an impact on breast cancer health, I believe this Challenge will fundamentally change the commercialization of NIH innovation and the business model of healthcare philanthropic funding,” said George Tidmarsh, M.D., Ph.D. President, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co.

    “Having worked with several organizations that launched monumental efforts, it's been exciting to see this Herculean startup challenge successfully catalyzed! I look forward to the outcomes that this Challenge will create,” said Nick Donofrio, a retired IBM Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology.

    “The Business Plan and Start-up Challenge will create a new paradigm to link venture philanthropy and translational research to ignite economic growth and advance public health,” said Rosemarie Truman, founder and CEO of The Center for Advancing Innovation. “The Avon Foundation for Women, the Technology Transfer Center of the NCI and The Center for Advancing Innovation are pioneering novel innovative models to create start-ups for promising inventions arising out of breast cancer research.”

    For more information about the Business Plan and Start-up Challenge or to field a team, visit http://www.BreastCancerStartupChallenge.com.

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