Reversing the Irreversible in Spinal Cord Injury and MS

For: Travis Stiles
San Diego, CA
Organizer: Advocacy and Outreach Specialist
Reversing the Irreversible in Spinal Cord Injury and MS (Travis Stiles)
of $16,000 goal
50% Complete
Raised by 57 donors

The Story

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. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 7, 2018

Posted on February 7, 2018

Thank you everyone for all of your support! While the campaign is not closed, today's news of a Senate budget is a tremendous step towards keeping Novoron moving forward. Your donations have been what have allowed us to keep working during all this uncertainty, and I cannot ever express how much that means. Thank you all so much! 

Posted on December 26, 2017

Posted on December 26, 2017

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! I just wanted to send out an update thanking everyone once again for their incredible generosity. We are officially on pace to meet our goal, and I can't thank you all enough for making that happen. Merry Christmas and I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!

Posted on December 14, 2017

Posted on December 14, 2017

I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your support. It is amazing to see so many people share my passion for improving outcomes in these terrible conditions. I promise to do everything in my power to make sure that your generosity makes a difference in the lives of these patients. Thank you a hundred times over. 

Travis Stiles

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