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It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we announce our second Closing the Gap Now Conference on Wednesday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will be held in the Fall Creek Room at the Cornell Club of New York, 6 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017.

The primary aim of February’s Closing the Gap Now Conference will be to do just that - to take a close look at the methods, processes and technologies that help close the time gap for critically ill patients to receive promising new medical treatments which yield the potential for life-lengthening and life-saving outcomes. Closing the Gap Now’s exact mission is to reduce this crucial timeline for the delivery of promising treatments from 10 years to 10 days.  

Closing the Gap Now ( is designed to provide patients who are experiencing life-threatening diseases with technologies such as open source access, data sharing to include real-world experiences, along with other technologies while uniting the best that medicine, technology and science have to offer them. Here patients who would otherwise be left with few, if any options, can receive open access to treatment solutions which have demonstrated some success in early phases of clinical trials.  

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and The Children’s Cancer Research Foundation, along with assistance from The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, have made it possible to present Closing the Gap Now (CTGN). Its Open Access and Open Source Pathway drive Big Data analyses, systems biology, and crowdsourcing technologies together with digital tools for which patients can record their progress and drug effectiveness in real time. In this way, we can gain more information from one individual in one day than we can from dozens of prolonged clinical trials. Indeed, this approach is already saving lives and improving the quality of patients’ lives.

CTGN is at the helm, ready to make exponential and life-changing differences in biomedical research with advanced technologies that are more patient-driven, results-driven, and cost effective.

February’s CTGN Conference is devoted to building on lifesaving, early successes that halt or delay life-threatening illnesses, as well as creating a vital CTGN Steering Committee to help identify and promote awareness of the many important efforts in democratizing Biomedical Research.

We will hear from Lee Hood, Stuart Kauffman, Colin Hill, and other founders of Transforming Medicine: The Elizabeth Kauffman Institute (TMed) about their non-profit ventures to utilize genomics, systems biology, and Big Data health methods and technologies. These processes are designed to actively deliver the best patient outcomes and to extend the quality of life for those persons who have the need for urgent and promising life-saving medical treatments.  

Our first conference in November brought patients, physicians and researchers together with pioneers in cancer research, genomics, Big Data, and cloud computing. In addition to establishing broad goals for advancing Open Access and Open Source Pathways, the conference also produced partnerships between patient groups, Big Data computing groups, and personalized medicine firms. 

With our February 18 CTGN Conference quickly approaching, you may register for it here, or you may do so directly by contacting our Closing the Gap Now Conference Coordinator, Paige von Bank, at

Following the CTGN Conference, please kindly consider attending a Lincoln Center Premier at 6 p.m. of the documentary film entitled, “Surviving Terminal Cancer.” This is an amazing story which was produced in the U.K. by three eminent scientists who experienced brain cancer and who discovered their own treatments! *Please see below for further details regarding reservations for the documentary.

At any rate, we look forward to hearing from you and hope that you are able to join us for our upcoming CTGN conference. Simply put, we need your expert help. We need to hear from you. Let’s work together to Close the Gap Now!


John Morrissey, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
John Hallberg, CEO, Children’s Cancer Research Fund
Robert Goldberg, PhD, Vice President, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

*Please note: The number of spaces for this brilliant documentary will be limited. Reserve your seat for “Surviving Terminal Cancer” at your earliest convenience. You can always cancel, but an early indication of intentions would be very helpful. You may reserve your ticket(s) for this event here.