Global Health Repurposing Awards

Each year, Cures Within Reach honors leadership in medical repurposing with our Global Health Repurposing Awards.

These Awards are given to industry leaders, scientists, philanthropists and organizations driving improvements in clinical care and, most importantly, creating patient impact through repurposing.

Cures Within Reach holds patient education events, with themes related to the repurposing achievements of each year’s honorees, in cities that allow an honoree’s community to help us celebrate.

Global Health Repurposing Award reception honoring leadership in medical repurposing

Our 2020 Awardees Are:

The Stanford SPARK Program at Stanford Medicine: Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative: Golan Christie Taglia Patient Impact Philanthropy Award

Camargo Pharmaceutical Services: Patient Impact Industry Award

Background

Awards are given to industry leaders, scientists, philanthropists and organizations driving improvements in clinical care through repurposing at several events throughout 2020, part of Cures Within Reach’s largest annual fundraiser.  These events celebrate our collective commitment to patient impact through repurposing. In 2020, Cures Within Reach will honor these three recipients in locations that best celebrate the honorees in their own communities, with the people who best can help us honor them.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, email GHRA@cureswithinreach.org

Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award

The Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award is given to one or more researchers, clinicians or computational biologists who have created positive patient impact through repurposing research. We honor the impact Dr. Rowley (1925-2013) had on patients through her clinical care and medical research, including her pioneering work that led to the creation of drugs that were later repurposed for additional indications.

Previous Awardees Include:
  • Dr. Denise Faustman, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Scott Weir, The University of Kansas Cancer Center and the University of Kansas Medical Center (See a short video about his research at the top of this page!)
  • Dr. Berish Rubin & Dr. Sylvia Anderson, Fordham University
  • Dr. Marty St. Clair, Viiv Healthcare
  • Dr. Vincent Rajkumar, Mayo Clinic
  • Dr. James Surmeier and Dr. Tanya Simuni, Northwestern University
  • Dr. David Teachey, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 
The researcher, clinician, and/or computational biologist should fit the following profile:
  • Has successfully repurposed a drug, device or nutraceutical for human clinical use, which is either used off-label or has been approved by the FDA or other regulatory agency; has made significant advancements in repurposing research; and/or is a recognized thought leader in repurposing research
  • Has published repurposing research data in the scientific literature
  • Patients who use or used a repurposed treatment discovered and/or advanced by the nominee enjoy an increased quality and/or length of life
  • Will work with Cures Within Reach on public recognition of the award

Golan Christie Taglia Patient Impact Philanthropy Award

The Golan Christie Taglia Patient Impact Philanthropy Award is given to an individual, group or organization that has created positive patient impact by advocating for patients or contributing to the growth of repurposing research through financial, operational or professional philanthropic support. Named in honor of Golan Christie Taglia LLP in gratitude for their many years of financial and in-kind support for Cures Within Reach, helping us to grow and thrive.

Previous Awardees Include:
  • The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • FRAXA Research Foundation
  • Dr. Nicolas Sireau, with Professor Lakshminarayan Ranganath, AKU Society
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • George and Judy Goldman, Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships
  • Golan Christie Taglia LLP
The individual, group, or organization selected should fit the following profile:
  • Be a recognized leader in an advocacy, research, healthcare, philanthropic or non-governmental (NGO) organization endeavor, or be a supporter of such an endeavor
  • Has made significant philanthropic contributions and/or created fundraising that have resulted in the advancement of repurposing
  • Has brought together various stakeholders to create an increased quality and/or length of life for patients
  • Will work with Cures Within Reach on public recognition of the award

Patient Impact Industry Award

The Patient Impact Industry Award is given to an industry individual, group or organization that has created positive patient impact by contributing to the growth and profile of repurposing research within the healthcare industry, through financial, operational and/or collaborative support. Nominees may represent any size of industry organization, from start up to large pharmaceutical companies. In addition, nominees may also represent any sector that impacts repurposing research, including biotech, pharma and indutry service / support providers.

Previous Awardees Include:
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Novartis
  • Timothy P. Walbert, Horizon Therapeutics plc
  • Dr. Jerome B. Zeldis, Sorrento Therapeutics, formerly of Celgene Global Health and Celgene Corporation
  • Dr. Richard DiMarchi, University of Indiana, formerly of Eli Lily
  • Dr. Norbert Riedel, Aptinyx Inc., formerly of Baxter International
  • Michael S. Rosen, Rosen Bioscience Strategies, formerly of Illinois Science + Technology Park and Forest City Realty Trust
The individual, group, or organization selected should fit the following profile:
  • Is or was in a significant leadership position in the healthcare industry and has demonstrated a commitment to collaboration, service and/or support for repurposing research
  • Focused the attention of the healthcare industry, and/or their own group or organization and similar groups or organizations, on improving the lives of patients through repurposing
  • Patients who use or used a repurposed treatment supported by this nominee enjoy an increased quality and/or length of life
  • Will work with Cures Within Reach on public recognition of the award

Questions? Contact Clare Thibodeaux, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs

clare@cureswithinreach.org or 847-745-1250