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.
Dr. Bloom was profiled in the Chicago Sun Times by financial columnist Theo Pincus and by author Lenore Skenazy. He was quoted several times in Newsweek in June 2009 and in May 2010. He and Cures Within Reach have been featured in Chemical Engineering News, Fierce Biotech, European Pharmaceutical Review, How to Get to Next, Discover Magazine, and the Marquette Intellectual Property Review.
Dr. Bloom was elected an International Ashoka Fellow in 2010. Ashoka: Innovators for the Public recognizes social entrepreneurs for their system-changing solutions to the world's most urgent social problems. In 2013, Dr. Bloom was selected as a “Alumni of Distinction” at the 125th Anniversary Celebration of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. His business experience spans not-for-profit and for-profit work in medical research, law, healthcare, medical malpractice insurance, risk management, regulatory affairs, product development, food service, art, and education.
Dr. Bloom holds a Juris Doctor degree from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Illinois Medical Center, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of Illinois. He is an adjunct faculty member at Kendall College, has been a lecturer at the University of Illinois Chicago since 1990, and was a senior lecturer at Northwestern University Dental School for 6 years. Dr. Bloom has taught Business Law and Risk Management to thousands of health care and other professionals since 1985.
Dr. Bloom currently serves as an editor to the Journal of Drug Repositioning, Rescue and Reuse, is the founding Secretary of the International Drug Repurposing Society, a Trustee of the Kendall College Charitable Trust, a Board member of the Judy Hirsch Foundation, a Science Advisor to the Marian Falk Trust, Chair of the Science Advisory Board of Rediscovery Life Sciences, SAB member for the GARROD AKU Consortium, member of the Board of Councilors of Midwestern University, and a Client Advisor to the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.
He recently completed terms as Chairman of the Board of Pathways to a Better World, President of the Charles E. Culpeper Science Advisory Boards, a Medical Research Advisor to the LUNGevity Foundation, a Policy Advisor to AccelerateProgress.org, a Science Reviewer for the ACS Lung Cancer Grant Program and the CHEST Foundation Grant Program, Vice-Chair of the Kendall College School of Business Advisory Board, and Trustee of the Menninger Clinic Foundation. Dr. Bloom is a host of the Clinician's Roundtable heard on ReachMD.com and on XM 160, and a facilitator for Pathways to Successful Living.