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FUS Foundation and Koch Disruptive Technologies Discuss Advancing Focused Ultrasound

Neal F. Kassell, MD, the Founder and Chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, recently sat down (virtually) with Chase Koch, the President of Koch Disruptive Technologies, for an in-depth discussion about the field of focused ultrasound and how their organizations are working together to revolutionize therapy with this highly disruptive technology.

Today, we are launching a podcast and the first in a three-part blog series that was edited and condensed from their conversation. See links below to listen to the podcast or read the first blog which discusses KDT and Koch Industries, why they are excited about focused ultrasound, and their message to the community at large.

Listen: “FUS Foundation and Koch Disruptive Technologies Discuss Advancing Focused Ultrasound”

Read: "Koch Disruptive Technologies: Who They Are and Why They’ve Invested Hundreds of Millions in Focused Ultrasound"


Upcoming Topics
The second article in the series (in two weeks) will explore the state of the field as it transitions from research to commercialization, and KDT’s relationship with the Foundation as they pursue their shared goal of improving the lives of millions around the world with focused ultrasound in the shortest time possible.

And in the final installment to be shared in August, Dr. Kassell and Mr. Koch will discuss KDT’s current position in the field, future investment plans, and how they feel about spawning the first focused ultrasound “unicorn” (a privately held company with a valuation of more than one billion dollars) via Israeli manufacturer Insightec.  

The articles will appear in our biweekly e-newsletters.
If you would like to read all three blogs in their entirety now, click here.

 
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June is Cancer Immunotherapy Month.
                 

June 30, 2020
 
Focus Feature: Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy
 
 
Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy  

The Focused Ultrasound Foundation recognizes that the intersection of focused ultrasound and cancer immunotherapy offers a highly promising opportunity for combination approaches to treat a variety of cancers. Through our Cancer Immunotherapy Program and collaboration with our partners and the research community, we aim to explore and assess the full potential of focused ultrasound to turn this promise into reality.

It’s been five years since the Foundation formally launched our Cancer Immunotherapy Program. Now, as the Cancer Research Institute’s 8th annual Cancer Immunotherapy Month™ comes to a close, we are pleased to highlight important progress that has been made in the field and key Foundation activities in this flagship program. Our efforts have helped push the field forward, and we continue to work diligently toward a future immune to cancer.  

 
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Learn more about our Cancer Immunotherapy Work and Help us Fund Research! 

Visit our new, dedicated webpage, “Cancer Immunotherapy at a Glance,” for key content and periodic updates on the Foundation’s work in this area.

Support the Foundation’s five-year, $5 million campaign to fund advanced research on focused ultrasound’s role in immune-based cancer treatment.

LEARN MORE >

Watch Now: Dive into the Field of Focused Ultrasound for Cancer Immunotherapy

The following videos and webinar recordings introduce the exciting fields of cancer immunotherapy and focused ultrasound.  
Cancer Immunotherapy Treatment and Research in a COVID-19 World

Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, PhD, CEO of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI), and the Foundation's Chief Scientific Officer, Jessica Foley, PhD, discuss cancer immunotherapy and the ways that CRI and the Foundation are working together to advance exciting research, through a lens of the COVID-19 environment (60 minutes).  
Focused Ultrasound and Cancer Immunotherapy

Chief Scientific Officer Jessica Foley, PhD, discusses focused ultrasound and its potential role in cancer immunotherapy (14 minutes).  
Introduction to Cancer Immunotherapy and Focused Ultrasound

Kelsie Timbie, PhD, Scientific Programs Manager and Veterinary Program Director, provides an introduction to how the fields of focused ultrasound and cancer immunotherapy intersect (8 minutes).  

Immunotherapy Research Overview

New and ongoing clinical and preclinical research is examining the use of focused ultrasound in initiating an anti-tumor immune response – either alone or in combination with immunotherapies – to treat cancer.  

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Call for Comments: Guidelines for Immune Analysis During Focused Ultrasound Research

The Foundation’s scientific team has drafted guidelines outlining high priority immune assays for preclinical and clinical studies to help standardize research in this area. We are inviting public comment on these documents until August 1, 2020.

REVIEW GUIDELINES AND PROVIDE INPUT >

Cancer Immunotherapy Month: Foundation Educates Thousands with Targeted Outreach Campaign

In recognition of the 8th annual Cancer Immunotherapy Month™, the Foundation coordinated with the Cancer Research Institute throughout June to help raise awareness of immunotherapy for all types of cancer and emphasize the role of focused ultrasound.  

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Nobel Laureate James Allison to Deliver Special Lecture on Cancer Immunotherapy at 2020 Symposium

James P. Allison, PhD, Chair of Immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, will share three decades of experience studying cancer immunotherapies. His documentary “Breakthrough” chronicles how his visionary immunology research revolutionized cancer treatment and earned him the Nobel Prize. 

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Cancer Immunotherapy Grants Available

Through our Cancer Immunotherapy Funding Program, the Foundation offers research funding alone and in conjunction with its partners. Over the past four years, we have funded 20 studies that range from preclinical through translational to clinical trials on all types of cancer models.  

SEE HOW TO APPLY FOR FUNDING >


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June is Cancer Immunotherapy Month...
                 

June 25, 2020


IN THIS ISSUE
Top News | Foundation News | Symposium News | Research News | Industry News | Events
 
 
Nobel Laureate James Allison to Deliver Special Lecture on Cancer Immunotherapy at 2020 Symposium 

James P. Allison, PhD, Chair of Immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, will share three decades of experience studying cancer immunotherapies.  
 
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June is Cancer Immunotherapy Month. Look for this icon for the latest in this field. 
Foundation News
Watch Now: Liquid Biopsy for Brain Tumors Webinar 

The University of Pennsylvania’s Stephen Bagley, MD, MSCE, discussed liquid biopsy for brain tumors and its potential to assess the tumor immune environment and guide patient selection for immunotherapies.

WATCH THE RECORDING >

 

Watch Now: Discussion on Cancer Immunotherapy

On Wednesday, June 24, Cancer Research Institute CEO Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, PhD, and the Foundation’s Chief Scientific Officer Jessica Foley, PhD, discussed cancer immunotherapy in the time of COVID-19.  

WATCH THE RECORDING >

Reminder to Apply for Lockhart Memorial Prize

July 31 is the deadline to apply for this annual $75,000 award that recognizes a promising researcher in the field of focused ultrasound and cancer.  

READ MORE >

More Foundation News
See media coverage of the Foundation’s new Directors from Washington DC CityBizList and Virginia Business
Symposium News
Submit an Abstract for 2020 Symposium Now

Monday, July 6, is the deadline to submit an abstract for the 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound, to be held virtually in November.   

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT NOW >

Nominations Open for the Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award

The Ferenc Jolesz Memorial Award honors a world-class visionary while recognizing and encouraging Dr. Jolesz's innovative spirit in a mid-career researcher in focused ultrasound.

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Research News
Case Report: Histotripsy-Induced Abscopal Effect in Liver Tumors 

A 67-year-old male with stage 4 colon cancer underwent histotripsy-mediated ablation and noticed a significant reduction in tumors outside the treatment area.

READ THE CASE STUDY >

Call for Comments: Guidelines for Immune Analysis During Focused Ultrasound Research 

We're asking members of the research community with experience in immunology to comment on our draft assessment guidelines.

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Master’s Student Completes Foundation-funded Thermometry Project

Yekaterina “Katya” Gilbo recently completed her work on a Foundation-sponsored focused ultrasound thermometry project and earned her MS degree in Biomedical Engineering. 

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Focused Ultrasound—Assisted Liquid Biopsy in the Brain

Hong Chen's team at Washington University in St. Louis has published new parameters for using focused ultrasound to improve the biomarker yield when conducting liquid biopsy for brain tumors.

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Meeting Report: Pan Canada Neurotechnology Ethics Collaborative

“From Talk to Action: Canadian Leadership Ethics and Neurotechnology” was the theme of the recent Pan Canada Neurotechnology Ethics Collaborative’s virtual workshop.  

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More Research News
Focused Ultrasound Shows Promise Against Deadliest Brain Tumor | University of Virginia Health System
MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Treats Psychiatric Disorders | Physics World
Treatment Decision Satisfaction and Regret after Focal HIFU for Localized Prostate Cancer | UroToday
New MRI Methods Could Improve Treatment for Tremor and Parkinson’s | Diagnostic Imaging
Ultrasound Technology for 5 Types of Medical Conditions | Nanalyze
Industry News
Company Profile: PI Ceramic

PI Ceramic is a German company that fabricates one of the most critical parts of a focused ultrasound – or any type of ultrasound – machine: the piezoceramic elements that vibrate to produce the ultrasound.

READ THE COMPANY PROFILE >

Insightec Hosts Webinar on Launching New Treatment Sites

Dr. G. Rees Cosgrove and Dr. Leo Verhagen discussed their clinical experiences implementing an incisionless surgery program to treat movement disorders in the recent webinar, "From Launch to 100 Treatments." 

WATCH THE RECORDING >

SonALAsense Wins Brain Race Competition

SonALAsense was a winner in the Center for Advancing Innovation’s “Brain Race,” an open innovation contest to advance high-impact inventions and solutions to defeat brain tumors. 

READ MORE >
 
More Industry News
OEL (Holdings) Enters JV Agreement with Shanghai Suntec | Reuters

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Upcoming Events
 
July 16-17, 2020 Chordoma Foundation's International Chordoma Research Workshop | virtual event 

July 27-31, 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference | virtual event 

October 5-7, 2020 The MedTech Conference | virtual event 

November 8-13, 2020 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound | virtual event | Abstract submission deadline is July 6, 2020.

November 19-22, 2020 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) 25th Annual Scientific Meeting & Education Day, Austin, TX

November 29 – December 5, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting | virtual event 

 


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Jane and Dorothy Batten are longtime Foundation supporters... 
                 

June 11, 2020


IN THIS ISSUE
Top News | Foundation News | Symposium News | Research News
Industry News | Patient News | Events

 
 
Family Matters: Jane and Dorothy Batten Are on a Mission to Advance Focused Ultrasound

Supporters of the Foundation since its inception, Jane and Dorothy Batten have advanced the field of focused ultrasound immeasurably through their philanthropy and conviction in the potential of the technology.  
 
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June is Cancer Immunotherapy Month. Look for this icon below for the latest in this field. 
Foundation News
Register for Two Upcoming Webinars for Cancer Immunotherapy Month 

On June 17, the University of Pennsylvania’s Stephen Bagley, MD, MSCE, will discuss liquid biopsy for brain tumors.
REGISTER NOW >

On June 24, Cancer Research Institute CEO Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, PhD, will discuss cancer immunotherapy research and treatment during the pandemic. 

REGISTER NOW >

Foundation Appoints Two New Directors

Scott Beardsley, Dean of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and Mike Lincoln, Global Business Department Chair at the international law firm Cooley LLP, have joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  

READ THE RELEASE >

ISTU Announces Board of Directors Election Results

Two valued members of the Foundation's family have been elected to the Board of Directors for the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU).  

READ MORE >

In Memoriam: Todd Mainprize, MD

We are saddened to share the passing of a leader in the focused ultrasound community, Dr. Todd Mainprize, Division Head of Neurosurgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. 

READ SUNNYBROOK'S ANNOUNCEMENT >
Symposium News
Symposium 2020 Will be a Virtual Event

After much consideration for the wellbeing of our participants during the current public health crisis, we have made the difficult decision to hold this year's Symposium virtually.  

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Leading Authority on Neurodegenerative Disorders to Present Special Lecture at 2020 Symposium

Merit Cudkowicz, MD, Chief of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, will present a special lecture at the Foundation’s Symposium this November.

READ MORE >
Research News
CarThera Treats First Patient in New Brain Cancer Clinical Trial

CarThera announced the start of its first immunotherapy clinical trial for patients with brain metastases from a primary melanoma.

READ MORE >

Research Site Profile: Seoul National University Hospital

The Core Hub for Medical Research of UltraSound (CHORUS) is a focused ultrasound research facility at Seoul National University Hospital with a mission to make a better world using ultrasound.

READ THE SITE PROFILE >

Call for Comments: Guidelines for Focused Ultrasound Treatment Reporting

We're asking for your input to create a set of guidelines to help standardize focused ultrasound treatment reporting and methodologies for measuring and describing key parameters for preclinical and clinical investigations.

READ MORE >


Meeting Report: Frontiers of Immunotherapy

Several presentations at the New York Academy of Sciences' “Frontiers in Cancer Immunotherapy 2020” online symposium covered areas where focused ultrasound combined with immunotherapies could improve therapeutic outcomes.  

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Focused Ultrasound Plus Fluorescein Inhibits Brain Tumor Growth

A research team led by a former Foundation Research Fellow published a promising study that used focused ultrasound to activate, or “sonosensitize,” a nontoxic chemical agent. 

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Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation for Epilepsy

A team in Shenzhen, China, found that low intensity, pulsed focused ultrasound neuromodulation can inhibit seizures in a preclinical model.  

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More Research News
Grad Students, Alums Receive NSF Research Fellowships | UC Merced
Inspired by Father, Student Aims to Find Cure for Pancreatic Cancer | Roanoke Star
How Scientists Influenced Monkeys’ Decisions Using Ultrasound in Their Brains | Singularity Hub
A Sound Treatment | University of Utah
Recent CCNY Alum Ethan Bendau Earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship | City College of New York
Industry News
Company Profile: E&I

E&I has been working behind the scenes of the focused ultrasound industry for 16 years to build the “rugged and reliable” RF amplifiers that launch new ideas and new companies.

READ THE COMPANY PROFILE >

SonaCare Medical Publishes Promising Data for Focused Ultrasound Salvage Therapy

SonaCare has announced new study results suggesting that focal ablative salvage therapy after radio-recurrent prostate cancer is safe and provides good cancer control. 

READ MORE >

HistoSonics Announces $40 Million Financing Round

HistoSonics has closed a $40 million Series C-1 financing round led by Yonjin Venture, LLC. The financing will be used to accelerate activities focused on HistoSonics’ Edison™ Platform and launch new strategic projects.   

READ MORE >
 
More Industry News
EDAP Appoints Frank Van Hyfte as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing | Global Newswire
Sonomedical to Open Third Unit in Spain | Born2Invest
Patient News
Chordoma Foundation Urges Supporters to Complete a #5Kfor5

In lieu of their annual half marathon fundraiser, the Chordoma Foundation’s #TeamChordoma is asking people to complete their own 5K, donate, and nominate five people to do the same.  

LEARN MORE >
 
More Patient News
Your Guide to the Best Prostate Cancer Care...As it Becomes the Most Diagnosed Cancer in Britain, This is What Every Man (and His Other Half) Should Read | Daily Mail

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Upcoming Events
 
June 22-24, 2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting II | virtual event

July 16-17, 2020 Chordoma Foundation's International Chordoma Research Workshop | virtual event 

July 27-31, 2020 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference | virtual event 

October 5-7, 2020 The MedTech Conference, Toronto, Canada

November 8-13, 2020 7th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound | virtual event | Abstract submission deadline is July 6, 2020.

November 19-22, 2020 Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) 25th Annual Scientific Meeting & Education Day, Austin, TX

November 29 – December 5, 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting | virtual event 

 


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