Support our work in developing novel therapeutics for devastating neurological diseases.
In 2006, one of my close friends passed away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS).
Losing someone so young to this devastating disease was a humbling experience, yet, one that ignited a passion in me and ultimately changed the direction of my career.
Driven to overcome my own sense of powerlessness, I began my work in medical research. During my graduate studies, I discovered a receptor in the central nervous system that seemed to be involved with the regeneration of failed nerves.
In 2013, after completing my PhD, I established a biotech company to develop drugs that could exploit this receptor and potentially repair damaged tissue in the brain and spinal cord. We are developing therapies that can promote regeneration of neuronal tissue in a number of conditions.
In cases of trauma, like in spinal cord injury (SCI),our technology allows nerves to regenerate under conditions that would otherwise be blocked.
In multiple sclerosis (MS), another main focus of ours, current therapies only target the immune system attacks on the brain. Our technology has shown potential to repair MS damage after it occurs, which is a major unmet need in this disease.
While MS and SCI are two major focuses of ours, our technology has the potential to help people with many diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer's, stroke, glaucoma, and more.
To date, our research has been funded almost entirely by invaluable government grants. Unfortunately, the current political climate has significantly reduced grant opportunities, leading to disruptions in our work.
The purpose of this campaign is to help us raise the capital necessary to maintain basic research operations through the beginning of our next wave of funding. To do so, we are hoping to raise $16,000 to ensure that both our lab and core personnel are intact heading into the spring.
All contributions made will go directly towards ensuring that no momentum is lost on developing treatments that may very well reverse paralysis and neuronal dysfunction caused by trauma and/or disease.
Our long-term goal is to ensure the technology we’ve developed is given the best chance to succeed and change the lives of patients with intractable diseases.
Your generousity, help, and support can give us that chance.
Thank you so much.