Panel Discussion with Focused Ultrasound Foundation
The Focused Ultrasound Foundation in Charlottesville is an extraordinary, innovative and world class institution, devoted to improving the lives of millions of people worldwide with serious medical disorders by accelerating the development and adoption of focused ultrasound.
Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology that could transform the treatment of many medical disorders by serving as an alternative to surgery and radiation.
Unfortunately, the evolution of a new therapeutic medical device from concept to standard of care is an extremely slow process that can take decades. Complicated and inefficient, the process requires the dynamic interaction of an array of organizations with different agendas and timelines. In addition, there are numerous technology, economic, regulatory and reimbursement obstacles to be overcome. Every day without it translates into unnecessary suffering for countless individuals. The Focused Ultrasound Foundation is working to provide patients with this treatment option in the shortest time possible.
The Focused Ultrasound Foundation is on the leading edge of the venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship movements and has become a model of how donor funding can be used to bridge the gap between laboratory research and widespread patient treatment. The Foundation works to clear the path to global adoption by coordinating and funding research, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, overcoming barriers to progress and building awareness of the technology among patients and professionals. Since its establishment in 2006, the Foundation has become the largest non-governmental source of funding for focused ultrasound research.
Panelists will include Foundation leaders who shape and execute the strategies worldwide, including Chairman Dr. Neal Kassell, Scientific Director Dr. Jessica Foley and clinicians involved in ongoing trials of the technology sponsored by the Foundation.