Re: [GRG] Fundraising

I have been trying to make contact and get someone interested in doing a multi-part piece on the regenerative medicine industry at a high-level publication like the New York Times.
I reached out to Elisabeth Rosenthal to no success thus far :/

Mallory McLaren, J.D.

On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM, Elliot Bergman wrote:
Good luck if you proceed with the documentary.
If you do, I suggest that you plan to work with Dan Perry founder of the Alliance for Aging Research & their current CEO Susan Peschin (both Cc’d). They are the lobbying arm for our aging research community.
Another good contact on messaging is Kris Rebillot Director of Communications of the Buck Institute.

On Dec 21, 2014, at 6:23 PM, Tom Funk wrote:
> I’d started attending the GRG meetings back in the mid-90’s, and picked up again maybe 5 years ago online with the email list.  But I’m basically a filmmaker by profession.  I had started speaking with Steve a while back about shooting a full documentary on the current (and future) state of biogerontology R&D.  Something fairly technical, but with understandable explanations and graphics to make it accessible.
> I haven’t seen The Immortalists (yet), but I wouldn’t focus on particular people as that doc seems to do, but rather on the actual science.
> My idea is to use the doc to raise public awareness, at the least, and to help drive that awareness to donations to help fuel research.
> I had sent an outline to Steve and tried to follow up and maybe get the ball rolling, but frankly with his illness, I didn’t push it.  (I wish I had at least gotten him onto film for it, though!)
> Anyway, I would like to potentially revisit this.  I would need to work up an approach and outline, plus figure out who key people are to interview.   Below I’ll paste in the initial rough list of specific topics I’ve come up with thus far.
> Then there would be a lot of travel and shooting .. and graphics and editing.  I’d likely use crowdfunding to help get it made.
> If anyone would like to at least discuss being involved and making it happen, please let me know.
> Thanks,
> Tom Funk


About Johnny Adams

My full-time commitment is to slow and ultimately reverse age related functional decline to increase healthy years of life. I’ve been active in this area since the 1970s, steadily building skills and accomplishments. I have a good basic understanding of the science of aging, and have many skills that complement those of scientists so they can focus on science to advance our shared mission. Broad experience Top skills: administration, management, information technology (data and programming), communications, writing, marketing, market research and analysis, public speaking, forging ethical win-win outcomes among stakeholders (i.e. high level "selling"). Knowledge in grant writing, fundraising, finance. Like most skilled professionals, I’m best described as a guy who defines an end point, then figures out how to get there. I enjoy the conception, design, execution and successful completion of a grand plan. Executive Director Gerontology Research Group (GRG). Manages Email discussion forum, web site, meetings and oversees supercentenarian (oldest humans, 110+ years) research. CEO / Executive Director Carl I. Bourhenne Medical Research Foundation (Aging Intervention Foundation), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Early contributor to Supercentenarian Research Foundation. Co-Founder Geroscience Healthspan Forum. Active contributor to numerous initiatives to increase healthy years of life. Co-authored book on conventional, practical methods available today to slow the processes of aging – nutrition, exercise, behavior modification and motivation, stress reduction, proper supplementation, damage caused by improper programs, risk reduction and others. Fundamental understanding of, and experience in the genomics of longevity (internship analyzing and curating longevity gene papers). Biological and technical includes information technology, software development and computer programming, bioinformatics and protein informatics, online education, training programs, regulatory, clinical trials software, medical devices (CAT scanners and related), hospital electrical equipment testing program. Interpersonal skills – good communication, honest, well liked, works well in teams or alone. Real world experience collaborating in interdisciplinary teams in fast paced organizations. Uses technology to advance our shared mission. Education: MBA 1985 University of Southern California -- Deans List, Albert Quon Community Service Award (for volunteering with the American Longevity Association and helping an elderly lady every other week), George S. May Scholarship, CA State Fellowship. BA psychology, psychobiology emphasis 1983 California State University Fullerton Physiological courses as well as core courses (developmental, abnormal etc). UCLA Psychobiology 1978, one brief but fast moving and fulfilling quarter. Main interest was the electrochemical basis of consciousness. Also seminars at the NeuroPsychiatric Institute. Other: Ongoing conferences, meetings and continuing education. Aging, computer software and information technology. Some molecular biology, biotech, bio and protein informatics, computer aided drug design, clinical medical devices, electronics, HIPAA, fundraising through the Assoc. of Fundraising Professionals. Previous careers include: Marketing Increasing skill set and successes in virtually all phases, with valuable experience in locating people and companies with the greatest need and interest in a product or service, and sitting across the table with decision makers and working out agreements favorable to all. Information Technology: Management, data analysis and programming in commercial and clinical trials systems, and bioinformatics and protein informatics. As IT Director at Newport Beach, CA based technology organization Success Family of Continuing Education Companies, provided online software solutions for insurance and financial professionals in small to Fortune 500 size companies. We were successful with lean team organization (the slower moving competition was unable to create similar software systems). Medical devices: At Omnimedical in Paramount CA developed and managed quality assurance dept. and training depts. for engineers, physicians and technicians. Designed hospital equipment testing program for hospital services division. In my early 20’s I was a musician, and studied psychology and music. Interned with the intention of becoming a music therapist. These experiences helped develop valuable skills used today to advance our shared mission of creating aging solutions.
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