Accomplishments for 2009

  • SCCF submits the Continuation in Part (CIP) containing all our experimental results with human pediatric sickle cell patients’ blood to the U.S. Patent Office, March 15, 2009.
  • The U.S. Patent on our sickle cell cure is issued the following month, 4/14/09.
  • SCCF’s patents in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the European Union (U.K., France, Germany, and Greece) are maintained, and their annuities paid.
  • The Institutional Review Board (IRB) Protocol for our experiments with human blood from pediatric sickle cell patients is continued for 2009-2010, the 5th consecutive year for this approval rating by the OUHSC IRB for Protection of Human Subjects, acting on behalf of the NIH. These strictly regulated protocols are a critical prerequisite to determine safe and effective dosages before clinical trials in human beings.
  • SCCF launches our new website in magazine format with comments/blog wherein sickle cell patients from around the world may express their concerns and questions in spring 2009, incorporating the capability for on-line donations: www.sicklecellcurefoundation.org
  • International RFPP (Request for Proposals to Partner) with SCCF is written by Director of Development, Gary Bricker, and issued (1st round) in summer, 2009.
  • SCCF submits a grant proposal to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on November 2, 2009, for their Grand Challenges Explorations, Round 4. Our proposal profiles a method the Sickle Cell Disease cure may be used to alleviate and even prevent the tragedy of Malaria. This proposal cleared the hurdle of first level review and is still pending (final decisions, April 2010).
  • SCCF’s first animal trials in mice approved by the OUHSC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), November 11, 2009.
  • New collaboration with Dr. Sunil Joshi, OUHSC, is formed for second phase of animal trials, using transgenic mouse models for human sickle cell disease, December 2009. Stay tuned for developing synergies!
  • International publicist Laura Jenney joins the “team” of SCCF and J.R. Perry III, to promote SCCF and the “Cure Every Cell” fundraising music tour, December 2009.

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