Thanks to Manny and his team, we have successfully launched a seriously big research summit in Bethesda Maryland! When we started planning a few short months ago, our goal was to reach 150 people, and we would hope for 250, but we thought that was a long shot! Well surprise! We have 455 registered and a waiting list!!
Perhaps the greatest satisfaction is that this should be a message to FDA and Pharma that we patients need to hear about what’s in the pipeline! Sadly, when Merck purchased SmartInsulin, Dr. Zion had to withdraw from the summit. He was as disappointed as we were, but this was the direction they needed to take to insure that they meet their deadlines, guidelines and regulatory obligations. Dr. Ed Damiano graciously stepped in for Dr. Zion and the show is on!
For those who could not make it, or for those on the waitlist, we have great news! Ginger Vieira will be blogging live from the summit from the HealthCentral.com site. Here’s the link to her page for anyone interested in following the day’s event! HealthCentral sponsored a bloggers table and we have some great people joining us!
We will also be tweeting live and you can follow our feed #JDRFsummit!
Again, my thanks to everyone here for spreading the word, building the excitement and we’ll make sure if you can’t be at summit, you can still be included!