Douglas Oliver, MSW
Doug is a writer, editorial contributor, and patient advocate from Nashville, Tennessee. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New England and has specialized in work on health care policy, compliance, and clinical case advocacy.
After years suffering with legal blindness caused by macular degeneration, Doug’s vision was restored in 2015, when he received stem cell treatments for his damaged retinas. He received his driver’s license five months later. Doug’s story has reached millions through both U.S. and international broadcasts, and he has been featured in People, Forbes, Fox News, and has been shared with Pope Francis.
In early 2016, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., engaged Doug in helping to craft key legislation aimed at speeding access to regenerative medicine technology and therapies, and due in part to his successful efforts, the bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act passed and was signed into law.
Doug is a regular contributor to The Hill and other national news media. His current policy work has broadened further, being recently appointed by Senator Alexander to the Foundation of State Medical Boards’ stem cell policy and ethics workgroup, undertaking academic efforts in informed consent, patient engagement, and a framework for stem cell counseling.
In January 2019, Doug was awarded the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine "Action" Award at the 14th World Stem Cell Summit, joining the ranks of notable recipients like Vice President Joe and Dr. Jill Biden, Michael J. Fox, and The Christopher Reeve Foundation.
Megan Moneypenny, MAT
Megan Moneypenny, M.A.T., is an emerging thought leader gaining influence in the regenerative medicine regulatory community. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer, following her work in the non-profit sector at The Regenerative Outcomes Foundation where she acted as Director of Operations since 2018.
Prior to moving with her husband to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue new opportunities in the emerging field of Regenerative Medicine, Megan created innovative educational curriculum in the field of gymnastics training for foundational health development in early life.
Megan grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, and after receiving her BA in Political Science and Government at the University of Texas at San Antonio, she graduated as an Outstanding Academic Achievement Awardee from the Institute of Law and Public Affairs.
After attaining her Masters Degree in Education and Teaching from Simmons College in Boston, she and her husband Ron co-founded Galaxy AI Innovations, a digital health company focused on the Opioid crisis and chronic pain and dedicated to developing evidence-based protocols in regenerative medicine for pain management and addiction.
On the world stage, she has presented as a panelist at the World Stem Cell Summit and is active as a Women Offering Mentoring And Networking (W.O.M.A.N.) Women in Advanced Therapies mentor volunteer.