The Missouri Cures Education Foundation is a statewide nonprofit public education and advocacy alliance working to promote medical advances to improve the health of Missourians and stimulate the economy so Missourians can look forward to a brighter and healthier future.
Originally formed to protect stem-cell research in Missouri, Missouri Cures has broadened its mission to protecting all medical research in the state, focusing on the treatment and restoration of health to ensure that all medical research legal at the federal level is also legal in Missouri.
The original 501(c)4 advocacy arm of the organization was founded in 2005 by the late James Stowers and former Washington University Chancellor Dr. William Danforth. Then known as The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, the organization now called Missouri Cures began as a 2006 state constitutional amendment ballot initiative. “The Stem Cell and Cures Initiative,” known as “Missouri Amendment 2,” was co-chaired by former US Sen. John Danforth and the late US Sen. Thomas Eagleton and was formed to protect stem-cell research and therapies in Missouri that were legal under federal law. Donn Rubin served as the campaign chairman and still serves as Chairman today.
Dena Ladd - Executive Director
Ellie Hayes - Outreach Director
Donn Rubin - Chairman
In 2011, the 501(c)3 nonprofit Missouri Cures Education Foundation was founded. Its mission is to promote ongoing clinical and medical research, clinical studies, and thought leadership in the area of regenerative medicine. It sponsors events and provides educational forums; enables thought leadership by participating in, or speaking at, medical and biotech industry events; issues regular communications through emails and social media posts; and collaborates with other like-minded advocacy groups. In 2013, the Women in Science & Entrepreneurship events were created and are now held in six cities in Missouri to give women in the field a chance to learn and network.
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The Missouri Cures Education Foundation