Michael Milken, "The Man Who Changed Medicine" Keynotes the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation's Groundbreaking Summit for Survival

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Leading Researchers Converge in San Francisco on Nov. 9 & 10 to Shine Spotlight, Create Solutions on Lung Cancer, the #1 Cancer Killer

We can't afford to wait any longer for people to start paying attention to this deadliest of cancers which is why we are bringing together these leading experts with one goal in mind: To eradicate lung cancer. We want to have the kind of impact on lung cancer that Mike Milken has had on a wide range of other diseases. We are committed to saving as many lives as we can. Right now.

Michael Milken, chairman of the Milken Institute and of Faster Cures, and the man Fortune magazine said "changed medicine," will be the keynote speaker for The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation's Summit on Lung Cancer, which features the world's leading researchers, November 9 and 10, 2007 at the University of California San Francisco at the Mission Bay Conference Center. (Day One: 7:30am-4:00pm, Day Two: 8:30am - 12pm) Michael Milken will be speaking on Friday morning from 8:15-9:45am. The Summit is by invitation only. Credentials and 48-hour notice for press are required.

Facilitated by Carol Lin, former CNN Anchor and current CNN and NPR contributor, and Founder of the Cancer Social Network, this first-ever two-day Summit brings researchers, physicians, scientists, and lung cancer survivors from all over the globe and under the same roof to collaborate and define comprehensive solutions to eradicate lung cancer, the number one cancer killer.

  • 650,000 people will die by the year 2010 of lung cancer in the U.S alone
  • 14,000 in California alone will die next year
  • An estimated 174,000 cases will occur in the United States this year. That means 450 people will die each day of lung cancer - 19 people each hour.
  • 1.25 million new cases are diagnosed each year worldwide
  • Lung Cancer remains dangerously under-researched and under-funded.

Lung cancer survivor and BJALCF Founder, Bonnie Addario says, "We can't afford to wait any longer for people to start paying attention to this deadliest of cancers which is why we are bringing together these leading experts with one goal in mind: To eradicate lung cancer. We want to have the kind of impact on lung cancer that Mike Milken has had on a wide range of other diseases. We are committed to saving as many lives as we can. Right now."

The Summit for Survival coincides with the second annual "Simply the Best" dinner gala at the Fairmont Hotel on the evening of November, 9, 2007, emcee'd by Cheryl Jennings. The evening will honor the work of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Hagel. Award presentations by Mayor Willie Brown and Wilkes Bashford. There will be a special tribute to Dana Reeve and her family. Dana Morosini, MD, Dana's sister, will be accepting the Dr. Fred Marcus SIMPLY THE BEST Award for her outstanding work as a BJALC Foundation Board Member in the fight to end lung cancer.

Fortune magazine lauded Michael Milken as a leading champion in medical advances. Milken--who also founded the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the world's largest source of support for prostate cancer research--will keynote and be followed by panelists of leading scientists, physicians and lung cancer researchers, government officials, survivors and patient advocates from points throughout the globe: Barcelona, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany to New York City, California and around the world again. Co-chairs includes Dr. Claudia Henschke, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College; David M. Jablons, MD ,Co-Founder of the Foundation and Professor and Chief of Thoracic Surgery, Ada Distinguished Professor of Thoracic Oncology at UCSF, and Rafael Rosell, MD, PhD Chief Medical Oncology Service and Scientific Director of Oncology Research at the Institut Catala d'Onocologia, Hospital Germans Trias I Pujol, Barcelona, Spain.

The Summit will consider answers to the question, "If money for research and development was not a barrier, and a true collaboration of academic medicine, entrepreneurial biotech and pharmaceutical companies could be achieved, what are the immediate next steps needed to reach a cure in the least amount of time and how much would it cost?

Participants will:

  • Discuss and debate viewpoints and approaches to early detection, treatment, research, and ultimately a cure for lung cancer.
  • Begin planning for a structured, actionable, consensus-driven collaboration among the stakeholders.
  • Form an executive committee at the conclusion of the conference comprised of representatives from biotech, pharma, basic sciences and clinical sciences who will create a viable and fundable strategic business plan to accelerate treatments and develop a cure for lung cancer. Upon successful completion of the plan, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation will commit to assemble a group of funders to underwrite this plan as expeditiously as possible.

Reporters interested in covering the summit or the gala can contact Erin Simon, 415-999-9123 with inquiries.

About The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to eradicating lung cancer, BJALCF works with a diverse group of physicians, organizations and individuals to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change through research, early detection, education, prevention, and treatment. Founded in 2006, the Foundation has raised almost $2 million in funding for lung cancer research and early detection. The Foundation has a simple, yet urgent goal: to eradicate lung cancer. In less than two years, Addario, a native San Franciscan, who was the first female president of the California Independent Oil Marketers, built the Foundation into the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to eradicating lung cancer. With unanimous support from the United States Senate to make lung cancer a national priority, this 3-1/2 year survivor works tirelessly to change the face of lung cancer and save lives. Bonnie has three children, seven grandchildren and another on the way.

Information about the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is at http://www.lungcancerfoundation.org

About Michael Milken
Information about Michael Milken is at http://www.mikemilken.com.

Media requests about Milken: http://www.mikemilken.com/contacts.taf

SUMMIT FOR SURVIVAL AGENDA
DAY ONE-Friday November 9, 2007
Mission Bay Conference Center, UCSF Mission Bay
8:00am Welcome Carol Lin, Moderator
Bonnie J. Addario

8:15am Keynote Speaker Michael Milken

9:45am Break

10:00am Introduction Session David M. Jablons, MD Fred S. Marcus, MD

10:15am Panel Discussions Carol Lin, Moderator
Wells Whitney

10:30am Panel #1
Early Detection, Imaging and Diagnostics
James L. Mulshine, MD presiding
Rush University Medical Center
Don Listwin
Canary Foundation - Keynote on Early Detection
Stephen Lam, MD, FRCPC
University of British Columbia
Melissa S. Lim, MD
Redwood Pulmonary Medical Associates
Gary Kelloff, MD
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Claudia I. Henschke, MD, PhD, MS - By Video
Cornell University

11:30am Panel #2
Biomarkers and Molecular Diagnostics
David P. Carbone, MD, PhD presiding
tVanderbilt Cancer Center
Matthew L. Meyerson, MD, PhD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Harvey Pass, MD
NYU School of Medicine
Chana Palmer, PhD
Canary Foundation
James Dao
Genyous Biomed
Gary Kelloff, MD
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

12:30pm Lunch Buffet/Working Lunch

1:00pm Panel #3
Basic Research, Cell Pathways, Targeted Therapies, Systems Biology
Allan Balmain, PhD, FRSE presiding
UCSF Cancer Center
Jill M. Siegfried, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Kwok-Kin Wong, MD, PhD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Monte M. Winslow, PhD
MIT Center for Cancer Research
Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute

2:00pm Panel #4
Clinical Trials, Targeted Diagnostics
Joan H. Schiller, MD presiding
University of Texas Southwestern
Matthew L. Meyerson, MD, PhD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Rafael Rosell, MD
Hospital Univ. Germans Trias i Pujol, Barcelona, Spain
Ravi Salgia, PhD, MD
University of Chicago, Thoracic Oncology Research
Mark G. Kris, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Steven M. Keller, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Jeffrey Dao
Genyous Biomed

3:00pm Panel #5
Collaborations - Partnerships, Consortia, Funding
Marc Pollick presiding
The Giving Back Fund
Suzy Jones
Genentech
Margaret A. Anderson
FasterCures
Samuel E. Bain, Jr.
Bainco International Investors
Tracy Sestili
The Beverly Fund
Winfield Boerckel, MSW, MBA, LCSW-R
LIVESTRONG
Elizabeth A. Amery
Changing Our World
Regina Vidaver, PhD
National Lung Cancer Partnership
Gary Kelloff, MD
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

4:00pm Adjournment

5:00pm Gala Registration in the Fairmont Hotel Lobby
VIP Reception in the Crown Room

6:00pm Simply the Best Dinner Gala II Cocktail Reception
Vanderbilt Room

7:00pm Simply the Best Dinner Gala II
The Grand Ballroom

DAY TWO-Saturday November 10, 2007
Mission Bay Conference Center, UCSF Mission Bay
9:00am Summation Panel and Open Discussion for
All Panelists and Summit Attendees

David M. Jablons, MD
Fred S. Marcus, MD
Bonnie J. Addario
Wells Whitney
Marc Pollick
Others

12:00pm Adjournment/Box Lunch to Go

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