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Autism Speaks creates Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism LLC
Date:10/25/2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 25, 2012) Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced the formation of Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism (DELSIA) an independent not-for-profit affiliate of Autism Speaks that will work directly with for-profit sector partners to stimulate the conversion of scientific research from the lab into products needed by both the autism and medical communities, more rapidly and effectively.

"There is an urgent need for autism therapies, medications and devices now, and we are committed to leading both the research and the developments that will benefit the thousands of people who struggle with autism every day," stated Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., who will chair DELSIA's independent board of managers. "Autism Speaks has funded important research that holds great promise for delivering more effective ways to diagnose and treat autism and it's crucial that we apply what we are learning in the lab to real world solutions that can improve the lives of people living with autism today."

DELSIA will help to advance Autism Speaks' mission by accelerating the development of medicines, treatments, diagnostic tools, therapeutic technologies and devices, and other products that originate from breakthroughs in autism research. DELSIA provides a model of venture philanthropy to take ground-breaking research being done in the lab and facilitate development of those products. While Autism Speaks already invests in scientific research that produces papers for publication or for presentation at professional conferences, this next generation philanthropy will produce medical and non-medical treatments, products and devices to be directly used by the community.

"It's necessary to engage partners from the for-profit sector in order to realize the real-world value promised in the scientific breakthroughs we read about in papers every day," e
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Contact: Jane E. Rubinstein
jrubinstein@rubenstein.com
212-843-8287
Autism Speaks
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