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Doug Oliver to Receive Global “Action” Award at

2019 World Stem Cell Summit

Past award recipients include Joe & Jill Biden; Michael J. Fox; Christopher Reeve Foundation; Ed Bosarge; Sherry Lansing; Bernie Marcus; A. Alfred Taubman; Bob Klein; and Govs. Jennifer Granholm, Martin O’Malley, and Jim Doyle

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“Doug’s passion and vision represent an important contribution to the future of medicine and hope for all patients."

- Executive Director, Regenerative Medicine Foundation, Bernard Siegel, J.D.

 

NASHVILLE— The World Stem Cell Summit has announced that Doug Oliver, a Nashville resident and world advocate for patient access to regenerative medicine, has been chosen to receive its Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine “Action” Award, noting his “accomplishments in advancing public awareness and supporting treatments in the field of regenerative medicine.”

 

The award will be given on Jan. 23 during the 2019 World Stem Cell Summit in Miami, Fla., where Mr. Oliver is also scheduled to speak to the conference on his innovative work helping to prepare biotech companies and provider groups to pursue FDA approval for their products and therapies.

 

“Doug’s passion and vision represent an important contribution to the future of medicine and hope for all patients,” said Bernard Siegel, Executive Director of The Regenerative Medicine Foundation, which hosts the annual event, now in its 14th year.

 

“It is a rare honor for any individual to be able to say they’ve made an impact on so many, and I am grateful for the privilege of receiving this award,“ Doug said, “As someone who was legally blind for 10 years, and who is now seeing again as a result of the power of regenerative medicine, I plan to continue spreading the word that it’s time now for patients like me to get up from the children’s table we’ve all been placed at, resist the urge to passively wait for cures to drop on our doorstep, and actively assert that same privilege, not only on health policy, but on industry directly, so we can get as many of these therapies to as many people as safely as we can, as quickly as we can. I want what happened for me to happen for everybody.”

 

Past recipients of the award Mr. Oliver will receive in January include former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden; Michael J. Fox; The Christopher Reeve Foundation; Ed Bosarge; Sherry Lansing; Bernie Marcus; A. Alfred Taubman; Bob Klein; and Govs. Jennifer Granholm (Michigan), Martin O’Malley (Maryland), and Jim Doyle (Wisconsin).

 

For 14 years, the Regenerative Medicine Foundation, a nonprofit organization, has celebrated the stem cell and regenerative medicine community's top innovators, leaders, and champions at this annual conference. Global leaders in advanced therapies, regenerative medicine and the stem-cell field will gather in Miami from Jan. 22-25.

 

In January 2018, the meeting brought together 1,550 attendees from 35 countries with 100 exhibitors. This year, Phacilitate and RMF expect to attract 2,000 attendees, 150 exhibitors, and 300 speakers representing every major stakeholder group.

 

 

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