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John M. Pellock, MD, a Leader in the Field of Pediatric Epilepsy, Presented With the 2016 Lifetime Accelerator Award
LANDOVER, MD --(Marketwired - March 04, 2016) - The Epilepsy Foundation, the nation's leader in epilepsy and seizure information and engagement, hosted hundreds of investors, emerging biotech and medical technology companies, major pharmaceutical and device companies, and researchers and innovators at the cutting-edge of epilepsy treatment advances during this year's Epilepsy Foundation Pipeline Conference. The Conference is part of the Foundation's Epilepsy Therapy Project.
Despite a century of significant advances in epilepsy therapy, treatment-resistant seizures remain a problem for one-third of people living with epilepsy. The Conference focuses on the robust pipeline of drugs and devices in clinical development that are needed to improve the lives of people with epilepsy through enhanced seizure control, better side effect profiles, and safer treatment.
"The pipeline conference allows the epilepsy community, government representatives, and industry partners to all meet together to discuss the best paths forward and to hear about new therapies and diagnostic devices in early and late development," said Jacqueline French MD, chief scientific officer of the Epilepsy Foundation and professor of neurology at New York University. "It is impossible not to feel a sense of optimism with so many innovative and novel potential new interventions at hand. This year we were also treated to six very novel and exciting epilepsy proposals from all over the world in the "Shark Tank" competition, an annual event which helps entrepreneurs with innovative ideas obtain visibility and financial support."
During the "Shark Tank" competition, innovators present in hopes of receiving an investment of up to $200,000. The funding will be used to advance their project to the next phase of development. The "Shark Tank" judges included:
The audience participated in a live voting process that, along with the judges votes, eventually led to the following winners of the competition:
In total, 65 individuals or teams entered the "Shark Tank" competition from across the U.S. and 13 countries around the world. Other finalists competing this year, who each won a prize of $5,000, were:
This year's annual presentation of the Lifetime Accelerator Award recognized Jack Pellock, MD, for his many contributions in the field of pediatric epilepsy. Dr. Pellock is the professor of neurology, pediatrics, pharmacy, and pharmaceutics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and has been principal investigator for more than 100 trials evaluating epilepsy treatments in children and adults. For more than 30 years, he has been involved in antiepileptic drug development and studying epilepsy in children.
"We are honored to recognize Dr. Jack Pellock during this year's Pipeline Conference," said Philip M. Gattone, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. "Jack's work is a true testament to his commitment of service to the epilepsy community and his outstanding leadership in supporting our mission to ultimately stop seizures. We are grateful for his lifetime of continuous support of the Epilepsy Foundation and individuals living with seizures, and we look forward to presenting him with the 2016 Lifetime Accelerator Award."
When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy. Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million people in the U.S. and 65 million worldwide. This year, another 150,000 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy.
About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with nearly 50 affiliated organizations throughout the U.S., has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is: to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential. For additional information, please visit epilepsy.com.
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