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6Feb/140

Baby Hearts Foundation Releases New Video Explaining Congenital Heart Disease Produced by Rip Media Group

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2013

Rip Media Group, a Los Angeles based explainer video and digital marketing agency, specialized in understanding complex messages, and condensing them into compelling videos has introduced a medical video to help the medical field.

The agency has worked in the health care community with large medical and health care systems, but this is the first with a medical care sub-specialists category, pediatric cardiology. In the latest video “What is HLHS?” complex medical ailments and procedures are explained quickly, effectively, and in a compelling way for patients to understand congenital heart disease (more specifically Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.)

This type of patient educational video will help to break the gap between doctors and patients care. Adults face the difficulty of dealing with medical terminology and understanding the doctors indications, and many pediatric hospitals are lacking in content that can help young patients, as well as parents, understand their illness and the road ahead. “What we have done is create a message for the children and parents, to understand what congenital heart disease means, and, what the path ahead may look like. We felt it was best said by a character, rather a medical 3D video,” said Maury Rogow, President and lead Producer at Rip Media Group.

“The characters, styles, and types of animation created by Rip Media Group made it easy for me to explain a very complex disease and difficult treatment process in a unique and sensitive way. This is an innovating patient education tool that will help us (health care providers) to reach to our patients and their families in a simple and easy to understand format,” said the Dr. Nai Yu Tang, founder of the Baby Hearts Foundation.

The best way patients can help themselves and their doctors is by taking care of themselves and understanding the severity of their illness.

The video, seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHHUFiLMTnE is free for use, and may be downloaded and used in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and clinics across the globe to explain “hypo plastic left heart syndrome”. Rip Media Group is opening a download link for any medical practitioners that would like a copy to help patients. There may be more in a series.

Rip Media Group is on path to double in size in 2013, making them one of the fastest growing video production agencies on the west coast. “I am confident that our creative and technical abilities can develop the exact story that any community can understand. We are proud to help these wonderful children, Dr. Tang’s foundation, and would love to help other charitable communities as well,” said a designer at Rip Media Group.

Rip Media Group, a leader in corporate whiteboard animation, motion graphic animation, and explainer videos, is also creating information graphics to tell stories.

Rip Media’s mission is to expand your business through integrated marketing. Rip Media can be contacted for video and web services at: 888.899.8910.







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13Sep/130

Indonesian Diaspora Foundation Launches High-Impact Quarter a Day Program

San Francisco, California (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF), a nonprofit organization focused on helping underprivileged children get access to better educational opportunities, today announced the public launch of its innovative Quarter a Day (QUAD) program.

The QUAD program aims to equip potential donors with an easy, affordable and impactful way to help underprivileged children and others in need. With just 25 cents a day ($ 7.50 per month or $ 90 per year), donors can help underprivileged children in small villages in Indonesia go to school and provide underprivileged schools in Indonesia with computers and modern-day technology that help facilitate better learning.

Although the Indonesian economy has grown at an annual GDP rate of more than 6% in recent years, the countrys investment in education is still inadequate. With scholarships comprising only 3% of total public financing for education, many academically-capable but poor students do not graduate from high school or college.

As Indonesia enters the 21st century globalized world, education will become one of the most important components to building a vibrant economy and a resilient democracy, said Sonita Lontoh, IDFs Chairman. Education is the one great equalizer that can help overcome differences in background, culture and privilege. We at IDF hope to contribute in making access to education more readily available to poor students in Indonesia and hope you will join us.

Through the Quarter a Day program, IDF seeks to fund its flagship Computers for School, Foster Family One on One and Diaspora for Diaspora/Humanitarian Assistance programs. The Computers-for-School program seeks to equip underprivileged schools in Indonesia with technology to facilitate more effective and efficient learning. The Foster Family One on One program aims to help underprivileged families in poor villages in Indonesia send their children to school. Diaspora for Diaspora and Humanitarian Assistance program seeks to help those adversely affected by natural disasters and others in needs with humanitarian aids.

We are delighted to launch the Quarter a Day program, said Sukan Makmuri, IDFs President and Ben Rasyad, IDFs QUAD Program Director. The QUAD program enables donors an easy and affordable way to make a real impact. With more people joining the QUAD program, together, we will be able to help many more underprivileged children and schools in Indonesia. We hope you join us today and help spread the word to others, too.

To participate in the QUAD program and make a difference today, please visit http://www.indonesiandiasporafoundation.org/hal-contribute.html

About Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF)

The Indonesian Diaspora Foundation (IDF) is a nonprofit organization focusing on empowering Indonesian diaspora communities worldwide, strengthening the Indonesian educational system and providing humanitarian assistance. IDFs flagship initiatives include Computers for School, One-on-One Foster Family and Diaspora for Diaspora/Humanitarian Assistance programs. For more information and to get involved, please visit http://www.indonesiandiasporafoundation.org/hal-contribute.html







8Sep/130

Foundation Repair Needs Rise from Effects of Harsh Winter Weather


Calimesa, CA (Vocus) March 12, 2010

Possibly having adverse effects, harsh winter weather may soon take its toll on concrete foundations around the country. Home and business owners can now visit ConcreteNetwork.com for updated information on foundation repair methods, should they encounter a problem. Outlining the two methods for repair slabjacking and piering the site offers articles covering method overviews, how to choose the correct method, advantages, how each process is done and more.

Choosing the right type of foundation repair method is the first step in the process. For smaller slabs, such as driveways, pool decks and others, the most commonly used method is slabjacking. For larger problems, like commercial building foundation shifting, piering is typically used.

Before a method can be chosen, it is important to determine what is causing the distress. There are several factors that contribute to the settlement and movement of foundations. Winter weather, in regards to heavy rain and snow, can cause drainage problems, eroding or consolidating the soil underneath the foundation. Other reasons for failure include building on unsuitable soils like expansive clay or improperly compacted fill soils, or improper maintenance around foundations are just a few.

For further information on these foundation repair methods and to find a foundation repair specialist, visit ConcreteNetwork.com.

Established in 1999, The Concrete Networks purpose is to educate consumers, builders, and contractors on popular decorative techniques and applications. These include stamped concrete, stained concrete floors, concrete countertops, polished concrete, and much more. Over 11 million people visited ConcreteNetwork.com in 2009 to research, get ideas and to find a contractor.

The site excels at connecting buyers with local contractors in their area through its Find a Concrete Contractor service. The service provides visitors with a list of decorative concrete contractors throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is fully searchable by more than 20 types of decorative concrete work in over 200 regional areas throughout North America.

Article photo courtesy of Ram Jack Systems Distribution, LLC in Ada, OK. Attached photo courtesy of Concrete Slab Jacking Inc in Maryland.

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17Aug/130

Acceptd and the National YoungArts Foundation Announce Strategic Partnership


Columbus, OH (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

Acceptd of Dublin, OH, and the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) based in Miami, FL announce a strategic partnership that will provide a powerful, easy-to-use, digital application process for talented young artists across the fields of the visual, literary, performing, and design arts to apply to YoungArts.

YoungArts provides life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and opportunities for participants to showcase their work in some of the most prestigious venues in the country.

Acceptd provides a comprehensive suite of online resources that help students identify and apply to performing arts programs around the world. Decision-makers have access to all applications and media in a common format and can view, comment, and rate collaboratively in real time. Arts programs efficiently find, evaluate, and select candidates that are the most suitable. Acceptd serves hundreds of the top universities, foundations, festivals, and competitions across the globe.

Acceptd is thrilled to be partnering with the National YoungArts Foundation to offer access to hundreds of thousands of talented students, said Don Hunter, Acceptd co-founder and president. YoungArts is a remarkable organization committed to identifying, encouraging, and nurturing our nations exceptionally talented high school students as they pursue careers in the arts. Our mission of efficiently connecting young artists with opportunities in the performing arts is naturally aligned with YoungArts goals.

The National YoungArts Foundation receives more than 10,000 applications per year from young artists hoping to participate in their national and regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York City as well as YoungArts annual events in Washington D.C. This past year, 685 young artists between the ages of 15 to 18 were selected for opportunities which included master classes with world-renowned artists (as seen on the Emmy-nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass), access to scholarships, career opportunities, and professional contacts.

In addition, YoungArts serves as the sole nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Each year, 20 YoungArts winners are recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Their work is showcased at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Beginning with the 2014 application process, Acceptd will provide the backend system that will help YoungArts Winners from across the nation.

The applications process is a crucial part of the YoungArts experience, it is the entry point into our organization for the hundreds of young artists we support every year, stated Paul T. Lehr, National YoungArts Foundations executive director. This partnership with Acceptd has the potential to maximize the ease and efficiency of this process and provide us with the structure needed to clearly evaluate each artists application.

The YoungArts application on Acceptd is now open. Applicants in visual, performing, literary, and design arts will be able to upload their digital portfolios and apply to the YoungArts program from May 31 until October 18, 2013.

During the past 32 years, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $ 6 million dollars in monetary awards and facilitated in excess of $ 150 million in scholarship opportunities. In 2013, YoungArts programs have supported 685 participants with $ 600,000 in cash awards.

Business leaders, educators, and master performers everywhere recognize the importance of supporting and encouraging the arts. Theres no better way to do that than to invest, as YoungArts does, in our nations next generation of artists, said Tom Walker, CEO of TechColumbus, a public-private partnership that focuses on building high-growth companies that advance the Central Ohio economy. We are enthusiastic about the technology and services that Acceptd provides and are delighted that this outstanding young Ohio firm has been chosen to enhance the YoungArts application process.

TechColumbus has been an investor in Acceptd from early on, first with a validation grant and then as leader of two seed investment rounds totaling nearly $ 1 million.

We invested in Acceptd, Mr. Walker said, because the company has an exciting business model that makes sense. The management team understands the market the company serves and provides a unique product that efficiently and affordably resolves significant challenges for applicants and program decision-makers. Its also terrific to have a portfolio company that has the potential to help launch more of Americas talented young people into careers in the arts.







7Mar/130

Eric Westacott Foundation Raises Over $30,000 to Help Young Quadriplegic Boy


St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) August 11, 2009

The Eric Westacott Foundation (EWF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the study and cure of spinal cord injuries (SCI), announced today that it has raised over $ 30,000 to provide physical therapy for 11-year old Alex Malarkey. The funds were raised by the Foundation, with the help of Patrick Rummerfield, the first fully functional quadriplegic in history, during the recently-held EWF Golf Classic Tournament.

A Huntsville, Ohio resident, Alex Malarkey was involved in a car accident in 2004, while riding home from church with his father. Alex sustained serious neck injuries as the result of the car accident, which left him paralyzed from the neck down; Alex has been confined to a wheelchair and ventilator since the accident.

Patrick Rummerfield, who has known Alex since shortly after his accident, also asked the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to help, by making available to Alex a state of the art RT300 Functional Electrical Stimulus (FES) bike and tilt-table donated by Lorraine Valentini and Chris Reyling. The RT300 FES bike is designed to send electrical impulses to electrodes placed on the patient's muscles, causing the muscles to contract and - essentially - perform a workout. The use of RT300 FES bikes provides people with spinal cord injuries many benefits, including prevention of muscle loss, muscle strengthening, improved circulation, and cardiovascular exercise.

The proceeds of the EWF Golf Classic Tournament will allow Alex Malarkey and his parents to spend two separate two-week stays at the newly-opened International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility dedicated to targeted spinal cord therapy, part of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Eric Westacott Foundation will also cover the cost to transport the FES bicycle and tilt-table to the Malarkey's home in Ohio.

"It gives all of us an enormous sense of pride and purpose to know that our efforts are going to forever change the life of an intelligent young individual like Alex", said Eric Westacott, President of the Eric Westacott Foundation. "Alex has never had the opportunity to participate in a therapy program, and this is a prospect that will certainly make a difference for him and his family."

As a spinal cord injured person himself, Mr. Westacott knows the challenges faced by SCIs, and the need for a consistent, focused rehabilitation regimen.

"Alex is brave young man, who deserves a shot at improving his condition", said Patrick Rummerfield. "The Kennedy Krieger Institute's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury is certainly the most advanced center in the world for this type of rehabilitation program. This is where miracles happen every day, and we wanted Alex to have the best shot possible at healing."

The Golf Tournament, which this year boasted the participation of over 100 participants and players from all over the Country, along with a special visit from the St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders, is in its 16th year.

Alex made history in January 2009, at the age of 10, by becoming the youngest patient to undergo a surgical procedure that replaced the breathing unit he once was forced to use (weighing over 200 lbs) with a much smaller and lighter one. This surgery has allowed adult quadriplegics to sail solo and skydive.

"We could have never done it without the help of the Eric Westacott Foundation", said Alex's mother, Beth Malarkey. "Between the use of the bike and the ability to come to Baltimore to work with the men and women of the International Center for Spinal Cord, we feel blessed. It's like Christmas in August!"

The Eric Westacott Foundation, which is run on a completely volunteer basis, has raised almost $ 300,000.00 for spinal cord research since its creation, in 2002.

About Patrick Rummerfield

Patrick Rummerfield is the first fully functional SCI quadriplegic in the history of medicine. Following a 1974 car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down, Patrick entered an uncharted and grueling regimen of physical therapy and physical and psychological support. With sheer determination and an iron will, Patrick regained function to his limbs, and went on to race marathons all over the world, including the Ironman Triathlon, the Gobi Desert march, and the Antarctica marathon, and to establish the FIA World Land Speed record on an electric car, along with 34 World Firsts. Today Patrick works with the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute and has co-founded Adventures on Wheels, a nonprofit organization developed to bring the world of adventure to those affected by spinal cord injury. Patrick's primary focus is to bring awareness to the importance of activity based restorative therapies and paralysis research. Patrick is an accomplished motivational speaker and is in the process of writing a book about his incredible life story. For additional information, visit Patrick Rummerfield's website.

About Eric Westacott

In October of 1993, while playing in an intramural college softball game, Eric attempted to stretch a triple into a homerun. His headfirst slide resulted in a broken neck, rendering Eric a complete quadriplegic. He spent the next 23 days at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, undergoing spinal fusion surgery and acute recovery and completed a rigorous 4

16Jan/130

Tom McDonnell Elected CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Jan Kreamer Elected Chairman of the Board

KANSAS CITY, Mo (PRWEB) December 04, 2012

The Board of Trustees of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced the election of Thomas A. McDonnell as the Foundations new president and chief executive officer. McDonnell, an experienced business leader with a track record of building global organizations that are both innovative and philanthropic, recently stepped down as CEO of DST Systems, Inc. He has been a Kauffman trustee since 2003 and chairman of the board since 2006. McDonnell succeeds Carl Schramm, who served as the Foundations president and CEO from 2002 to 2011. Since January of this year, Kauffman trustee Benno Schmidt has served as interim CEO while the board conducted a national search for a new leader.

Janice C. Kreamer was elected the chairman of the board of the Kauffman Foundation, succeeding McDonnell in that role. Kreamer has served as a Kauffman trustee since 2006 and is known nationally for her leadership of community foundations, and especially for her pioneering work with donor-advised products for community foundations. Kreamer is the former CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.

"After a deliberate and thoughtful search process, the board determined that Tom is the right person to lead the Kauffman Foundation," said Kreamer. Tom has demonstrated that he can lead organizations with global reach and local impact. In partnership with our board, Tom will allow the Foundation to build on our strong heritage."

With these leadership changes, the Kauffman Foundation board emphasized its unwavering commitment to Ewing Kauffmans intention to help people attain economic independence by supporting education and entrepreneurship, which Mr. Kauffman saw as two ends of a continuum. By electing two individuals with long-time ties to Kansas City, the board also reinforced Kansas Citys importance to the Foundation where it historically spends nearly two-thirds of its annual budget while affirming its commitment to programs with national impact and global reach.

The Kauffman Foundation is committed to improving education through programs such as Kauffman Scholars and the Ewing Marion Kauffman charter school, as well as through partnerships with other Kansas City foundations, including the Hall Family Foundation, the H&R Block Foundation, and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation as we work to improve student outcomes in our community, said Kreamer. We are equally enthused about our entrepreneurship programs, such as Startup Weekend and Global Entrepreneurship Week, as well as our research work to educate policymakers about the important role entrepreneurs play in the economy.

Nancy Roob, CEO of the New York City-based Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, where Kreamer serves a trustee, praised Kreamers insight and her leadership abilities. "Jan's contributions to philanthropy have been significant. Her thoughtful leadership is recognized nationally and locally, and she will be a strong voice for the Kauffman Foundation."

McDonnell joined DST Systems in March of 1969 and served as president and CEO from 1973 to 2012. Headquartered in Kansas City, DST is a publicly traded company that employs more than 11,000 associates, both domestically and internationally, and is a global leader in providing information processing and computer software services and products to the financial services, communications and healthcare industries.

With his experience running a global organization, based in Kansas City one that he grew with obvious skill Tom is ideally suited to lead the Kauffman Foundation. Tom thinks globally, yet understands the genuine affection Mr. Kauffman had for Kansas City, said Min Kao, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Garmin.

McDonnell serves on the boards of Kansas City Southern and Euronet and has served on the boards of Garmin, Cerner, Computer Sciences Corporation, BHA Group, Commerce Bancshares, and Blue Valley Ban Corp, among others. His service to Kansas City includes work with a number of prominent local nonprofit institutions, including as chairman of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City United Way Campaign and the Union Station Project Consultants.

Tom is an entrepreneur, a change agent and a leader who is committed to making a difference, said Bob Regnier, chairman and CEO, Bank of Blue Valley. I cant think of a better person to carry out the mission that Ewing Kauffman established for his foundation.

McDonnell has been recognized with various honors, including Kansas Citian of the Year in 2003 and the William Jewell College Yates Medallion for Distinguished Civic Service. In 2004, McDonnell received an honorary Doctorate of Law from the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. He received a BSBA degree in accounting from Rockhurst University and an MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School of Business.

I am honored to serve as the CEO of the Kauffman Foundation and together with Jan Kreamer, our board and our talented associates, commit to doing all I can do to fulfill Ewing Kauffmans legacy, said McDonnell. Our important work in education and entrepreneurship has made an impact both around the globe and in our hometown of Kansas City. It is an exciting time to be at the Kauffman Foundation.

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About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to improve education outcomes for children and advance entrepreneurship. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit http://www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on http://www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and http://www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.







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14Jan/130

World Health Organization Answers International Essential Tremor Foundation Call for New Classification


Lenexa, Kansas (PRWEB) December 03, 2012

Essential tremor (ET), a neurological condition that affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S., now has a specific classification with important ramifications for patients and healthcare providers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has given validation to millions of people in the U.S. diagnosed with essential tremor when the International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems (ICD) code book was updated to the 10th edition. What was once coded and known by the healthcare community as a nonspecific tremor (333.1) or nonparkinsonian tremor now has a name and a code.

ET is very frequently misdiagnosed as Parkinsons disease. The condition is often characterized by rhythmic, involuntary and uncontrollable shaking of the hands and arms during movement, but it sometimes can also affect the head, voice, legs and trunk. This serious and progressive condition can significantly affect a persons quality of life socially, professionally and emotionally.

For the ET community, this designation means that essential tremor is recognized as a separate neurological condition that is classified and separate from other tremor disorders, says Catherine S. Rice, Executive Director of the International Essential Tremor Foundation.

Despite the high prevalence of ET, estimated at 46% among persons aged 65 and older, until now, there was no ICD-9-CM diagnostic code that is specific for ET, says Dr. Elan Louis, Department of Neurology, Columbia University, referring to the code system in the 9th edition of the code book.

The 10th edition ushers in, for the first time, a specific diagnostic code for ET. For the ET community, including patients, patient advocacy groups, physicians, and researchers, this is an important step that has implications in terms of research, clinical care, and public health, says. Dr. Louis.

For research, patients can be better ascertained from clinical care databases and billing data bases. A disease-specific code may be queried and cases may then be easily identified. The lack of a specific code for ET has been a barrier in this regard.

Prior to this classification, the medical community could not code essential tremor as a diagnosis all to itself. It was lumped in with other nonspecified conditions. Rice says, We considered this yet again another sign of indifference for a person diagnosed with essential tremor because their medical condition could not be properly classified by the medical community.

In clinical settings, ICD codes are universally applied across the country, thereby helping physicians to define the exact medical problem of a patient, anywhere in the country. The codes are necessary for patients filing insurance claims. Clinical trials would benefit from the ability to more accurately identify a patient sample, based on a more precise diagnostic code. Similarly, for clinical researchers and pharmaceutical companies, the usage patterns of specific medications may more easily be tracked in ET patients through computer linkage to pharmacy records.

Clearly, essential tremor is now recognized as a valid neurological condition that is viable, specific and respectable. This is a huge step forward in the fight to increase awareness not only with the public but with everyone in the healthcare community, says Rice. And it also provides a way of tracking the incidence and mortality rates so appropriate statistical information can be gathered.

But our job is not over and in many ways it intensifies. We must keep the pressure on continue to demand and expect that essential tremor as a neurological condition be given the respect it deserves and that it no longer be diminished as a nonspecific condition in the eyes of the healthcare community, says Rice. We must continue to make sure that people are not ignored or disrespected and that they be given as much courtesy and consideration as others who have other medical conditions. People diagnosed with essential tremor deserve so much more; access to better treatments, greater awareness of the condition and its effects and the funding of more research. This is a grand step in the right direction but by no means, the last.

About The International Essential Tremor Foundation:

Headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., and founded in 1988, the International Essential Tremor Foundation is the leading organization in the world dedicated to helping those affected by essential tremor. The IETF funds research to find the cause of essential tremor (ET) that leads to a treatment and cure, increases awareness, and provides educational materials, tools, and support for healthcare providers, the public, and those affected by ET.

Since its inception, the IETF has distributed more than $ 600,000 in research grants to fund 24 promising ET research studies. To learn more about essential tremor, visit http://www.essentialtremor.org.

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31Dec/120

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Receives $250,000 Challenge Grant From The Broad Foundation


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) has received a $ 250,000 challenge grant from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to help advance the Citys leadership in creating up to 1,600 green jobs in the next five years, fostering economic development, and advancing environmental stewardship in the clean technology sector. The grant is the first private funding that provides the cornerstone to LACI's $ 1 million bridge to sustainability fundraising campaign that will help support operations through the opening of the La Kretz Innovation Campus, a 60,000-square-foot advanced clean technology center soon to break ground in Los Angeles Downtown Arts District.

The Broad Foundation's support comes on the heels of widespread city support for LACI, a key regional initiative that helps promising green startups succeed and create new jobs. As a private non-profit born from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosas vision of a world-class clean technology ecosystem in Los Angeles, LACI received seed operational funding from the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). In addition, LACI has partnered with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), which has taken the lead on securing more than $ 30 million in federal, state, local and private capital to fund the acquisition and build the La Kretz Innovation Campus.

While the Campus is funded, the state-mandated dissolution of the CRA/LA has left a temporary operational funding gap for LACI that the Los Angeles business and philanthropic communities are being asked to fill. Weve achieved a lot in a short time, and were so very close to funding programs that will continue to create jobs and a better, cleaner Los Angeles for generations to come, said Fred Walti, executive director of LACI. Our goal now is to raise the necessary operating funds to sustain and scale our organization until we are profitable. We are grateful to The Broad Foundation for its challenge grant, as it provides us with crucial support, validation and momentum as we move forward.

With our challenge grant, we hope to encourage other private and corporate philanthropists to support LACI as an investment in our local economy, said Eli Broad, co-founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. LACI is like the baseball farm team system, identifying and funding promising clean technology startups that will hopefully grow into a clean tech corridor in our city.

"We are enormously grateful to The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation for their generous support of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "The incubator will play a key role creating jobs, building a stronger regional cleantech industry cluster, and revitalizing the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles."

LACI works closely with the Mayors Office to identify, attract, and accelerate the growth of businesses with clean technologies that will support the City in meeting its environmental, renewable energy, energy efficiency and related goals. In addition, LACI holds a close strategic relationship with the LADWP, acting as a scout in the region to identify and accelerate technology that supports their pursuit of innovative clean technologies for water conservation and renewable power.

In its first year operating in a temporary facility in LAs Downtown Arts District, LACI has helped nine high-quality cleantech companies grow their green businesses, create jobs and build sustainable products that are Made in LA. LACI has recruited a team of more than 40 expert mentors and advisors to help these businesses and offers educational, coaching, and outreach programs. LACI has also generated significant national awareness by hosting roundtable discussions about regional clean technology initiatives with the likes of US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, US Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley.

Once the permanent La Kretz Innovation Campus opens next year, LACI is expected to sustainably accelerate the growth of dozens more promising companies and entrepreneurs in world-class facilities that include wet labs, dry labs, prototype manufacturing space, conference space, and strategically aligned partners all in one convenient location. It is anticipated that, over the next five years, LACI can help create over 1,600 direct and indirect jobs.

About LACI

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private nonprofit founded by the City of Los Angeles to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies in the Los Angeles region. Located in the center of the Citys Cleantech Corridor, LACI offers flexible office space, CEO coaching and mentoring, and access to a robust network of experts and capital. Incubated companies operate in a range of sectors including Smart Grid infrastructure, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric transportation, and materials science. LACI works closely with the regions universities, business community, government institutions, capital markets and utilities to foster innovation and to grow the regions green economy. Learn more at http://www.laincubator.org/media.

About The Broad Foundations

The Broad Foundation were established by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts. The Broad Foundations, which include The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation, have assets of $ 2.4 billion. The Broad Foundations Internet address is http://www.broadfoundation.org.

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3Dec/120

The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and the Scripps Research Institute Partner to Advance Genomic Breast Cancer Research


Sioux Falls, SD, Jupiter, FL, La Jolla, CA (PRWEB) November 01, 2012

The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation and The Scripps Research Institute(TSRI) today announced a dynamic, interdisciplinary collaboration that will lay the groundwork for significant advancements in personalized breast cancer treatment and care.

Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research will leverage TSRIs expertise in genomic sequencing as it embarks on a proof-of-concept study to reveal the differences between a womans normal genome and her breast tumor genome during the progression of disease. The project marks an important milestone for Edith Sanford, as it will establish research protocols to frame larger-scale studies that will help pioneer the integration of genomics into breast cancer research and patient care.

Edith Sanford is thrilled to partner with Scripps Research, an institution that is on the cutting-edge of genomics, and harness their expertise and technological capabilities in our work to accelerate these discoveries from the bench to bedside, said Brian Leyland Jones, MB BS, PhD, director of Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research. This partnership will facilitate the translation of large-scale sequencing data into meaningful information that will help us understand how to more precisely and accurately treat breast cancer patients based on their DNA profiles.

Specifically, Edith Sanford will provide TSRI with tissue samples from 25 breast cancer patients for analysis to identify the changes in genes and proteins that are linked to the cancer and Edith Sanford will then validate these findings through clinical testing.

Scripps Research is committed to helping accelerate the work of Edith Sanford to bring to patients the lifesaving potential of forward genomic research, said Brandon Young, director of the Genomics and Cell-Based Screening Core Lab at Scripps Florida. We are excited to work with Edith Sanford as it is establishing a genomics program that will transform the way we think about and treat breast cancer.

Young and colleagues, Nicholas Schork, PhD, Ali Torkamani, PhD, and Andrew Su, PhD, at Scripps California, and the Genomics Core at Scripps Florida will be working jointly with the research team at Edith Sanford.

Additionally, in order to mine and accurately interpret vast sets of patient data produced in this field of research, Edith Sanford recently established the foundation for a leading bioinformatics program through the hire of Scooter Willis, PhD, as its director of computational bioinformatics. Dr. Willis is a specialist in computer science and engineering and brings expertise in the genomic analysis of expression data from the fast-moving field of next-generation sequencing. He will also work closely with TSRI and play a vital role in facilitating the partnership.

The prestigious partnership with TSRI, which Leland-Jones confirms is the first of many high-caliber collaborations, and the ongoing recruitment of leading scientific experts, are pivotal steps for Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research as it positions itself as a national hub for breast cancer genomic research.

Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research is supported by the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer through genomic and translational research. Thanks to a transformational gift that launched the Foundation in 2011 and will catalyze its future growth, Edith Sanford is able to commit 100 percent of every contribution to its research program.

To change the course of breast cancer, our research team is pursuing collaborations to bring together the brightest minds from different scientific fields to quickly move the field of breast cancer research, treatment and care, said Kimberly Simpson Earle, president of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.

About the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation

The Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation is pioneering a bold new comprehensive approach to breast cancer, with a mission to unlock each woman's genetic code, advance today's prevention and treatment, and end breast cancer for future generations. Edith Sanford Breast Cancer is pursuing cutting-edge translational genomic research to identify specific treatments that will work best for each person, prevent the disease on an individual basis, and ultimately eradicate breast cancer. To accelerate the research and advances in care, a cornerstone of this ground-breaking organization is our biobank a shared collection of genetic information from people of all ages, medical histories and backgrounds that provides researchers easy access to data.

The launch of this movement began with a gift from Denny Sanford, who tragically lost his mother, Edith, to breast cancer when he was just four years old. For more information about the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, visit edithsanford.org or call 1-855-GO-EDITH (463-3484).

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is the patient care and research partner of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, and the largest rural, nonprofit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities, in seven states. In addition, this dynamic integrated health system is now developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health has been in service for more than 100 years and includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and nearly 1200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is one of the world's largest independent, not-for-profit organizations focusing on research in the biomedical sciences. Over the past decades, TSRI has developed a lengthy track record of major contributions to science and health, including laying the foundation for new treatments for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hemophilia, and other diseases. The institute employs about 3,000 people on its campuses in La Jolla, CA, and Jupiter, FL, where its renowned scientistsincluding three Nobel laureateswork toward their next discoveries. The institute's graduate program, which awards Ph.D. degrees in biology and chemistry, ranks among the top ten of its kind in the nation. For more information, see http://www.scripps.edu.

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