Wakefield, Mass. (PRWEB) October 14, 2013
The tranSMART Foundation, a non-profit organization providing a global, open-source knowledge management platform for scientists to share their pre-competitive data, today announced the formation of its Membership Program to provide an ecosystem for partners that are developing, delivering, hosting, supporting, and using the tranSMART open source platform for translational medicine research. The Membership Program also provides the Foundation with sustainability in its mission to mobilize and enable the tranSMART community around the content and codebase.
“The launch of the Foundation’s official Membership Program is an important step in growing the tranSMART community,” said Brian Athey, Ph.D., co-CEO of the tranSMART Foundation. “Our members will benefit from member-only events such as our Collaboration Summit, the ability to influence the direction of the organization, leveraging unsurpassed networking opportunities, participating in member councils, and much more. Currently, there are more than 25 organizations spanning pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, and non-profit sectors, that are participating in creating a vibrant, active and capable ecosystem that is envisioned.”
The tranSMART Foundation Membership Program will offer three membership tiers based upon the level of commitment to the sustainability of the Foundation. The three levels include:
•Gold – recognizing an investment of at least $100,000 per year in the Foundation. Gold-level members can elect a representative from their company to the tranSMART Foundation board of directors and have a representative on all Foundation Working Groups.
•Silver - recognizing a minimum of a $50,000 annual investment with the ability to submit a representative to the pool of candidates to be elected to the Foundation’s board of directors and have two representatives in the Foundation Working Groups.
•Bronze – recognizing a minimum annual investment of between $5,000-$20,000 with the ability to submit a representative to the pool of candidates to be elected to the Foundation’s board of directors and can nominate one individual to one of the Foundation’s Working Groups.
Working Groups that will include representatives from the Foundation membership will focus on the three key areas of the organization: Code, Content and Community. Under the code activity, the Architecture Working Group will define the path forward for the tranSMART platform. The Scientific Advisory Group will focus on the content, specifically on key issues around the application and use of the platform for scientific and medical research. And, the Community Leadership Group will be responsible for the community aspect by creating, managing and disseminating the key messages of the tranSMART Foundation and community to ensure that the community continues to grow with the mission in mind.
About The tranSMART Foundation
The tranSMART Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides an open-source, cloud-based, data-sharing and analysis platform that enables scientists at universities, disease foundations, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies around the world to share pre-competitive data in a way that saves money and time in translating research findings into new therapies and diagnostic tools. Founded to steward the tranSMART platform, the Foundation is headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, with Centers of Excellence in Ann Arbor, Mich.; London, England; Boston, Mass.; and Amsterdam, Netherlands, the tranSMART Foundation can also be found on the web at http://www.tranSMARTFoundation.org.