(Washington, DC) May 12, 2009 – FasterCures / The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions today announced that Margaret Anderson, currently Chief Operating Officer, will take on additional interim responsibilities in managing the organization, effective June 1, 2009. Greg Simon, President of FasterCures since its inception in 2003, will be leaving his post to join Pfizer Inc as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Policy.
For the past six years, FasterCures has analyzed the barriers to medical progress and developed innovative programs to address them, such as: the Philanthropy Advisory Service, an online information marketplace designed to make philanthropic investment in medical research more effective and productive; “TRAIN” (The Research Acceleration and Innovation Network), established to create opportunities for medical research innovators to discuss and tackle the challenges that cut across diseases; and PHD (Patients Helping Doctors), an effort aimed to empower patients to contribute to medical research.
“By accelerating the process of medical research, the work of FasterCures is bringing improved treatment outcomes for people everywhere. That effort will produce more lifesaving cures,” said Michael Milken, chairman of FasterCures.
FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, is an “action” tank committed to saving lives by saving time in the research, discovery, and development of new treatments for deadly and debilitating diseases. It is nonpartisan, nonprofit and independent of interest groups.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the outstanding FasterCures team to implement strategies key to developing new medical solutions,” said Anderson. “As we continue to energize the biomedical research community, we’re pleased that Greg will serve on the FasterCures advisory board.”
Anderson has extensive experience in managing biomedical and public health initiatives and facilitating multi-sector collaborations. Since she joined FasterCures in 2004, she has managed the organization’s day-to-day operations. She came to FasterCures from the Academy for Educational Development (AED) where she was the deputy director and a team leader in the Center on AIDS & Community Health. Prior to AED, she led programs and studies at the Society for Women's Health Research, American Public Health Association, and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Margaret holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in science, technology, and public policy from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
FasterCures/The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions is committed to saving lives by saving time in the research, discovery and development of new treatments for deadly and debilitating diseases. FasterCures, as a center of the Milken Institute, is nonpartisan, nonprofit and independent of interest groups. For more information, visit www.fastercures.org.