Ordinary people don’t often get a chance to strike a blow against cancer. But right now, they do. They can vote to end it.
SXSW, the famous music festival and conference, holds a public election as part of the process of selecting speakers. The voting period for the next conference begins August 10.
Dr. Mona Jhaveri, founder of Music Beats Cancer, the crowdfunding platform for cancer research, has proposed a SXSW panel on bringing the War on Cancer, which has stretched into its 50th year, to a speedy and successful conclusion.
Voting is free, quick, and easy. Anyone with an Internet connection can do it!
(1) Point your browser toward https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/.
(2) Create an account. Your information will be kept confidential.
(3) Vote for Dr. Jhaveri’s panel, “Mitigating the Cancer Burden in the Age of COVID-19.”
Dr. Mona Jhaveri is the founder, executive director, and chairman of the board at Music Beats Cancer. She launched the nonprofit to address the “Valley of Death,” the growing gap in funding that constrains the translation of cancer research discoveries into clinical applications.
Prior to Music Beats Cancer, Jhaveri founded Foligo Therapeutics, Inc. in 2005 to develop and commercialize a DNA-based therapeutic compound as a potential treatment for ovarian cancer. While Foligo was able to initially attract funding from various state-run venture programs and business plan competitions, the company ultimately succumbed to the Valley of Death.
Jhaveri realized that breaking this funding bottleneck was a more critical priority than Foligo and rededicated herself to Music Beats Cancer and its mission.
Jhaveri holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. She trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute and was granted the SPORE Fellowship Award for Cancer Research at the Lombardi Cancer Center of Georgetown University. She subsequently specialized in intellectual property and technology transfer while at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.
SXSW will be held in Austin, Texas, on March 11-20, 2022.
Interviews with Dr. Jhaveri are available upon request.
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