Dr. Bruce Bloom
President and Chief Science Officer
Dr. Bruce Bloom is the President and Chief Science Officer of Cures Within Reach. His journey to this position started in February 2002, when he became the Executive Director of Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships, a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. In 2005, when Goldman Partnerships created the public charity Partnership for Cures to carry on the Goldman mission, Dr. Bloom became President and Chief Science Officer. In October 2012, Partnership for Cures changed its name to Cures Within Reach to better reflect the focus of its mission: repurposing drugs and other treatments to drive more treatments to more patients more quickly.
Dr. Bloom directs the operation of this public charity dedicated to improving patient quality and length of life by facilitating pilot clinical trials testing repurposed treatments designed to be immediately incorporated into clinical use.
Cures Within Reach’s newest venture is CureAccelerator™, the only global online repurposing research collaboration platform designed to bring together funders, clinicians, researchers, industry and lay stakeholders to create and conduct pilot clinical trials that drive more repurposed treatments to more patients more quickly.
Director of Advancement
Amy Conn has been with Cures Within Reach since 2012, and leads partner development, fund-raising, communications, and operations. She oversees events for the organization, including the Global Health Repurposing Awards, is an integral part of strategy work and program management for Cures, and the general go-to person for the organization.
She began her professional life as a classical singer, and and continues to perform selectively with orchestras and chamber groups across the country. In the context of her first career, she held adjunct faculty positions at the Chicago Academy for the Arts and DePaul University, receiving the "Young Leader's Award" from the National Association of Teachers of Singing and serving as VP of their Chicago Chapter.
Amy is a member of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She earned a certificate through the University of Chicago's Graham School entitled Leadership in Sustainability Management in 2013.
Director of Scientific Affairs
Clare Thibodeaux joins the Cures Within Reach team with over 10 years experience in cancer-related issues. She has conducted original research in a university setting, advocated with state and federal elected officials and engaged the general public through community outreach. She also has led various committees and boards through her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society. Prior to her involvement in the biomedical field, Clare was a market research professional. She has designed and managed market research projects for several trade associations and professional societies, creating actionable information from research data. Clare holds a PhD in Tumor Biology from Georgetown University, an MBA from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.
Director of Strategic Business Development
Edward Kahn has served as Director of Strategic Business Development for the Cures Within Reach Patient Impact Initiative since late 2010. Ed is an intellectual property expert and the founding president of EKMS, Inc., a company known for pioneering novel IP management techniques for two decades.
Ed sold EKMS to a publicly traded company in 2004, but came out of retirement to apply his licensing skills and tech transfer experience at CWR, where he will help patients access effective "new" treatments more quickly and affordably through Rediscovery Research™.
Director of Sponsorships
Jessica Wayne is joining Cures Within Reach to help steer and grow the
organization's sponsorship efforts. She comes on board as an experienced
development professional, with a strong background in corporate and
In 2006, she formed the development consulting firm Jessica Wayne
Consulting, Inc., focused largely on corporate and foundation fundraising,
and has since worked with health organizations such as the American College of Surgeons Foundation, The Rosecrance Foundation and World Continence Week-USA.
Susan joined the Cures Within Reach team in May 2014. Susan graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 with a B.A. in Theatre. Since graduating she's performed sketch and improv at Gorilla Tango Theatre and Donny's Skybox at The Second City. She's been a shift supervisor at The Coffee & Tea Exchange in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago since 2007 and can foam a cappuccino like nobody's business. Susan has a passion for health & wellness, bargain shopping, avocados, and animal welfare. She is a proud vegan and dedicated runner.
James R. Crotty earned his bachelor degree in business management from Robert Morris University in 2006. He has over 15 years of retail and lending banking experience. In 2009 he formed Crotty Consultants, a bookkeeping company aimed to service the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. In 2014 he became a Certified Community Lender. Being a self-driven individual and not afraid to take on new challenges has contributed to his career success.
Social Finance Initiative Intern
Lisa is a junior studying biological sciences and economics at Northwestern University. Originally from Southern California, she has previously conducted research on poliovirus at the University of California, Irvine, and enjoys volunteering at Chinatown's Free Health Clinic and Evanston NorthShore. She is invested in the intersection of business and life sciences and hopes to work in health care consulting in the future. In her free time, she enjoys graphic design, blogging, and playing the ukulele.
Volunteer Coordinator Intern
Hannah is a first year graduate student at Adler University working towards her Masters of Arts in Counseling Sport Health Psychology. She did her undergraduate work in psychology at Lake Superior State University, which is located in the upper peninsula of Michigan. She was very interested in working with Cures Within Reach's Volunteer Coordinator because of her history with volunteer work throughout undergrad as well as her views of equality of health care and her family's history of incurable diseases. In her spare time, Hannah likes to take part in tourist-like activities as this is her first year living in Chicago. She is also very dedicated to sports as well as fine arts.