In order to encourage more internships in the focused ultrasound community, this blog outlines ideas and strategies for creating a successful program that benefits students, mentors, and organizations alike – while cultivating the next generation of researchers and clinicians in the field of focused ultrasound. To date, the Foundation has more than 120 global interns and another 70+ local interns.

Matt Eames, PhD, the Foundation’s External Programs Manager, and Sam Clinard, a former Foundation intern and employee who is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Utah, answered a series of questions about the Foundation’s Internship Program.

In this three-part blog series, Neal F. Kassell, MD, the Founder and Chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, talks with Chase Koch, the President of Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), about the field of focused ultrasound and how their organizations are working together to revolutionize therapy with this highly disruptive technology.

The article below – the last in the series – is edited and condensed from their discussion and takes a closer look at KDT's investments in the field, which spawned the first focused ultrasound "unicorn" (a privately held company with a valuation of more than one billion dollars); why Mr. Koch says Israeli manufacturer Insightec perfectly fits the vision of KDT; and future investment plans.

In this three-part blog series, Neal F. Kassell, MD, the Founder and Chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, talks with Chase Koch, the President of Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), about the field of focused ultrasound and how their organizations are working together to revolutionize therapy with this highly disruptive technology.

This blog, the second in the series, is edited and condensed from their discussion and explores the state of the field of focused ultrasound as it transitions from the research to commercialization phase, the role of the Foundation, and KDT's relationship with the Foundation as they pursue their shared goal of improving the lives of millions around the world in the shortest time possible with this revolutionary, noninvasive technology.  It begins with Dr. Kassell talking about the field of focused ultrasound and the role of the Foundation.

Neal F. Kassell, MD, the Founder and Chairman of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, recently sat down (albeit 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.

Below is the first in a three-part blog series edited and condensed from their conversation. Read on to learn more about KDT and Koch Industries, why they are excited about focused ultrasound, and their message to the community at large. The second article in the series 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, 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.

It's a shame that none of you will ever meet Maryanne, a mother of four, who made blankets for other cancer patients even as she was losing her own battle with a malignant brain tumor five years ago. Then there is Zoraida, a beautiful woman inside and out, who is bravely combating her formidable opponent – a glioblastoma – better than any superhero.

Zoraida is one of 700,000 people currently living with a brain tumor in the United States. It is projected that in 2020, there will be 87,240 new diagnoses of primary brain tumors and somewhere between 70,000 and 170,000 new diagnoses of brain metastases in adults. Sadly, with incidences on the rise, about 100,000 people will die with brain metastases each year. The five-year survival for glioblastoma patients is only 6.8 percent.

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