CureAccelerator Live!

CureAccelerator Live! is a philanthropic pitch event where up to 5 PIs pitch their clinical repurposing trial ideas. Attendees select the winning project which is awarded up to $50,000 in funding.

CureAccelerator Live!

CureAccelerator Live! is an exciting philanthropic pitch event presented by Cures Within Reach that raises awareness of and funding for innovative repurposing research projects and gives attendees the chance to select and fund the next breakthrough treatment!

CureAccelerator Live philanthropic pitch event attendees

CureAccelerator Live! To Date

We launched CureAccelerator Live! in 2016 with a Chicago focus.  In 2017, CureAccelerator Live! for Oncology focused on clinical repurposing trials in unsolved cancers or unmet cancer needs.  In 2018, CWR we held our first event outside of Chicago, focused on Mid-Atlantic clinical repurposing research in October.  In 2019, we held CureAccelerator Live! for the Developing World in Boston in May and for Rare Diseases in Philadelphia in June.  In 2020, we held 2 virtual events: CureAccelerator Live! for Rare Diseases in June and for Chicago in September.  In 2021, we held a virtual CureAccelerator Live! for Pediatric Rare Diseases in June.

This engaging way to select our funded clinical repurposing trial projects is scalable, providing all stakeholders a voice.

Events may have several possible themes, including:

  • Geographic (i.e. Chicago-based researchers / universities)
  • Therapeutic or Patient Population (i.e. oncology, rare diseases, neurology or impacting veterans’ issues, for pediatric patients)
  • Institutional (i.e. researchers from a specific partner institution)
  • Diversity and Inclusion (i.e. any disease area led by minority or underserved or female researchers, impacting health disparities)

Sample CureAccelerator Live! Agenda:

Reception: 6 – 6:30 pm
Program, Pitches & Expert Q&A: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Networking & Voting: 7:30 – 8 pm
Award & Close: 8 – 8:30 pm

Principal Investigators are selected to pitch their clinical trials for repurposing medical treatments, and expert panelists representing academia, industry, clinicians and patients ask follow up questions.  Then, attendees vote to award up to $50,000 in funding for the winning project, which is announced that evening.

CureAccelerator Live! is a unique networking opportunity for researchers, clinicians, patient groups, biomedical industry professionals and funders.  It provides an opportunity to help harness the power of repurposing research and bring groundbreaking treatments to patients in need, while bringing key repurposing stakeholders together.