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Wallace Foundation Names New Director of Learning and Enrichment

Giselle “Gigi” Antoni, president and CEO of Big Thought in Dallas, is a respected national leader in arts, enrichment

Press Release – New York, N.Y. (February 23, 2017)The Wallace Foundation announced today that it has selected a new director of learning and enrichment who will oversee one of the foundation’s key grant making areas.

Giselle “Gigi” Antoni, president and CEO of Big Thought in Dallas, a nonprofit organization that focuses on building partnerships that close the opportunity gap through creative out-of-school time programs, will join Wallace after May 1, said Will Miller, the president of the foundation. Antoni will succeed Nancy Devine, the current director of enrichment and learning, who is retiring.

“We’re delighted that Gigi will be joining Wallace,” said Miller. “As a leader, she has helped Big Thought make a big difference not just in Dallas, but also nationally as an example of what collaboration and consensus-building can accomplish in youth development at the scale of an entire city. Her expertise, focus on system-level change, and commitment to evidence and continuous learning will help Wallace advance its mission.”

As director of learning and enrichment at Wallace, Antoni will supervise a unit of five staff, and lead an interdisciplinary team responsible for strategy and implementation of initiatives in areas including social and emotional learning, summer learning and afterschool system-building. Miller noted that Big Thought has been a Wallace grantee in arts education, summer learning, and social and emotional learning, giving her a valuable perspective on the foundation’s approach.

“It’s a great honor for me to join the staff of The Wallace Foundation,” Antoni said. “I have seen how the foundation’s work has helped my community build more accessible, equitable and sustainable learning systems for children. I look forward to drawing on my experience as part of a team working to help other communities expand opportunities for children.”

Antoni has served as the leader of Big Thought and its predecessor organization, Young Audiences of North Texas, for 21 years; before that, she spent five years as its artistic director. Prior to that, she was a teaching artist for Children’s Arts and Ideas. During her tenure, Antoni led Big Thought through a major overhaul to deepen the impact of its programming serving children in poverty. Its programs serve 130,000 of Dallas’ most marginalized youth year-round, with in-school and community-based programming during the school day, after school and during the summer. She also led an in-depth, citywide research and planning process that increased access and the breadth of out-of-school programming in Dallas.

Her contributions have been recognized through major awards and honors, including the Founder’s Award from the National Summer Learning Association and the Champion of Change for Arts Education by the White House.

Antoni has been a keynote speaker at national conferences including Grantmakers for Education, the Afterschool Alliance and 21st Century Learning Community Centers. She has consulted with and conducted trainings for UNESCO, Charleston, S.C., Baltimore, Md., Memphis, Tenn., Chicago Funders Forum and the Harvard School of Education. She has co-authored three publications including “More than Measuring: Program Evaluation as an Opportunity to Build the Capacity of Communities” and “Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education,” and is the author of numerous op-eds, essays and white papers.

Antoni is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and the Drama Studio London at Berkeley, and studied social work at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Miracle Flights Rings in the New Year with Record Flight Count

588 Flights Coordinated in January 2017 for Kids in Need of Distant Medical Care

Press Release – LAS VEGAS, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The nation’s leading medical flight charity, Miracle Flights, welcomed the New Year with 588 life-saving flights during January 2017. This marks the highest January flight count in the charity’s three-decade history—A New Year’s resolution worth celebrating!

The nonprofit transports patients from all over the U.S, as well as all over the globe. In January 2017 alone, Miracle Flights serviced patients from 31 states and 8 countries, including Peru, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Highlights include 68 flights from California, 39 from Florida and 34 from Texas.

To-date, the charity has celebrated 106,058 flights and covered over 59 million miles. Miracle Flights has helped patients with rare and life-threatening medical conditions gain access to distant medical care for over 30 yrs. Plane tickets are provided at no cost to the families and as many times as necessary.

Mark E. Brown, CEO of Miracle Flights, said, “The New Year is about new beginnings. Whether it’s a patient’s 1st or 100th flight, Miracle Flights gives families hope for a healthier future. This year our New Year’s resolution is to help even more families, so if you know anyone in need of medical care far from home, please refer them to us.”

About Miracle Flights

Miracle Flights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free medical air transportation via commercial airlines throughout the United States. With over three decades of service to families in need, Miracle Flights has coordinated more than 100,000 flights and counting. For more information about Miracle Flights, to request flight assistance, or to make a donation, call 800-359-1711 or visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Connect With Your Animal Spirit At Retreat In Florida Primate Sanctuary

Press Release – Gainesville, FL – International animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals, is pleased to announce a one-of-a-kind retreat at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida, featuring internationally renowned guest speaker Rae Sikora. This special event is open to all and will be held in beautiful natural jungle surroundings on the weekend of April 1 to April 2.

“We are so pleased to offer this unique retreat experience in Florida, where you can get away from it all and connect with animals and the environment,” said In Defense of Animals President, Dr. Marilyn Kroplick. “In Defense of Animals is bringing together the most esteemed speakers at the best animal sanctuaries in the world. Don’t miss out; register now to secure your spot.”

Rae Sikora has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment, and human rights for over 30 years. She is co-founder of Plant Peace Daily and the Institute for Human Education, and her programs have been changing people’s vision of what is possible to create in our lives and in the world. Sikora has been recognized for her life-changing work as an official inductee in the North American Vegetarian Society’s Hall of Fame.

“I am delighted to be joining with In Defense of Animals and Jungle Friends for this amazing retreat in Florida which is sure to be the experience of a lifetime,” said Sikora. “Jungle Friends is one of my favorite places to connect with animals and find inner peace. Whatever your background or belief, come along and experience this special event for yourself.”

On Saturday, participants will have a sanctuary tour to meet Jungle Friend’s “Miracle Monkeys,” practice yoga, meditation, and enjoy a delicious animal-friendly lunch. In the afternoon, retreat-goers will enjoy an uplifting and empowering talk about compassion for all living beings from Rae Sikora. A creative blessing ceremony will follow for participants to empathize with animals suffering around the world, celebrate animal companions, honor those who have died, and create a vision of harmony between humans and other animals.

On Sunday, you are invited to visit the Temple of the Universe for a spiritual talk with “The Untethered Soul” author Mickey Singer, and then spend the afternoon volunteering on a special project at the sanctuary.

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary provides permanent high-quality sanctuary care for monkeys who have been freed from laboratories, kept as pets, or have been confiscated by the authorities. All have suffered physical and psychological trauma, but many fully recover to live happy healthy lives at Jungle Friends.

Retreat Day: Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteer Day (optional:) Sunday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, 13915 North State Road 121, Gainesville, FL 32653
Cost to attend Retreat Day: $40 door price, $35 online registration, and $5 per child

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Mellon Grant Helps University Advance Racial Justice Recommendations

Press Release – February 13, 2017 – A recent $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help Georgetown carry out its commitment to produce scholarship that helps the nation better understand and address its legacies of slavery, racism and discrimination.

The five-year Mellon grant will assist the university in establishing a center for racial justice, hiring faculty experts in the field, supporting postdoctoral and graduate fellows and funding a series of visiting lecturers.

The grant comes after the release this past September of a report containing recommendations from the university’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation (SMR), which was charged with reflecting on Georgetown’s historic involvement in the institution of slavery.

A second team, the Working Group on Racial Justice, is working on areas addressed by the grant along with exploring how the university may create a home for researching slavery and its legacies, based on the SMR report and major commitments set by the university.

“The university has made a commitment to elevate and accelerate its efforts to address the persistent, enduring legacy of racism and segregation in the American experience,” says Georgetown Provost Robert Groves, a co-chair of the Working Group on Racial Justice. “This grant from the Mellon Foundation is a notable recognition of the importance of that commitment.”


Georgetown President John J. DeGioia established the Working Group on Racial Justice comprising students, faculty and staff nearly a year ago – charging it with exploring and making recommendations on ways in which the university may best produce research and scholarship.

In his Feb. 4, 2016 address, DeGioia asked the working group to address the academic fields related to African American studies and the underlying issues of racial justice in America.

He also noted that much of the “intellectual, faculty and organizational resources” needed to responsibly pursue these objectives were already available at Georgetown.

Robert Patterson, associate professor and chair of African American studies at Georgetown, discusses systemic racism during class. He is also co-chair of the Working Group on Racial Justice.


Robert Patterson, associate professor of African American studies and affiliate professor of English at the university, serves as co-chair of the working group with School of Foreign Service professor Gwen Mikell and the provost.

He believes the nation’s legacies of slavery, racism and discrimination are directly responsible for housing and education inequalities, income and health disparities and inequities within legal and criminal justice institutions.

“The working group views racial justice as a fundamental component of America’s past and present,” says Patterson. “It’s important to seek creative ways of addressing racial justice through research, community engagement and policy solutions.”


This past June, the university expanded its African American studies program into a department and began offering a major to Georgetown students this fall as a result of commitments set forth by DeGioia last year.

“The Mellon grant allows us to focus on our next major commitments,” says Patterson, now chair of the African American studies department. “We’ve launched nationwide searches for several new posts that will add to the department’s core faculty in the next two years.”

Since March, the working group has examined African American and Africana studies programs across the country and convened faculty and staff listening groups to brainstorm about what the center’s mission should be.

“We’re narrowing down what the focus and framework of the center would be and what ways we can continue to advance the work of the Racial Justice Working Group,” Patterson says.


In addition to funding two faculty spots beginning in 2017-2018 academic year, the Mellon grant will help fund two postdoctoral fellows for two-year appointments.

The grant also will go toward the creation of two five-year Patrick Healy Graduate Fellowships, which will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year to graduate students in the humanities.

“Our hope is to become a significant producer of doctoral students from racially and culturally underrepresented groups,” Patterson says.

Groves says the university’s commitment to furthering conversations, research and scholarship in these areas is in keeping with the university’s Jesuit and Catholic tradition of educating women and men for others.

“We seek to integrate into our teaching and research all of the lessons that accrue from our efforts to foster racial justice,” he says. “Following this path in our nation’s capital can heighten the impact Georgetown can have in this journey.”


Citizen Schools Expands Focus on Applied Science with Support from Dell

Press Release – BOSTON, Mass — February 22, 2017 — Today Citizen Schools, a national leader in providing project-based apprenticeship learning for middle school students in high-need, public school districts, announced, with support from Dell, its plan to expand its focus on applied science apprenticeships for students across the country. Dell joins AmeriCorps, Biogen Foundation, Cisco and Fidelity as a National Leadership Partner, Citizen Schools’ lead corporate investors.

“We have apprenticeships in computer programming, engineering and solar car design that make learning interesting and relevant for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-graders in our schools and teach them about possible career paths in the technology and engineering sector” said Emily McCann, chief executive officer of Citizen Schools. “Now, with Dell’s contribution, we will create more opportunities for thousands of middle school students across the country to get excited about applied science.”

With Dell’s support, Citizen Schools’ will provide professional development to front line teaching staff as well as offer cutting edge technology for use in classrooms by students and teachers. As part of Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan, the company has a long-standing commitment to supporting communities and youth learning. Dell’s Youth Learning initiatives directly impacted more than 415,000 underserved young people in 2016 by providing them access to technology and education.

Citizen Schools, which launched in Boston in 1996, takes a hands-on approach to STEM and applied science learning. Last year, Citizen Schools and its partners offered apprenticeships on topics such as: solar cars and solar power; coding and game design and; the science – and business – of aviation.

“Dell’s business strategy is guided by the idea that technology should support positive growth and change the world for the better,” said Jeremy Ford, Director of Giving, Dell, Inc. “Citizen Schools’ apprenticeship program helps close the learning gap and offers the power to discover better possibilities. Through our support of programs like this one, we have the opportunity to prepare students to grow and thrive in this digital world.”

“Our model of project based learning with experts is an essential component of a well-rounded education. In addition to the hands-on exposure to science and engineering, our students develop mastery of critical 21st century skills, like collaboration, problem-solving, innovation and critical thinking,” said McCann.

Announcing Domino for Good

Press Release – Today we’re formally announcing Domino for Good, our program to help students and nonprofits use Domino for their data science work. For nonprofits, we’re providing the software either at no charge, or substantially discounted. For students, we’re providing the software and compute resources for free.

We’re doing this for several reasons. We’re helping nonprofits because we see the good work that many organizations are doing to make the world a better place, and we want to be a part of that. Thorn is using data science to protect children, the Audubon Society to protect the environment. Data for Democracy is creating opportunities for people to get involved with using data to serve the public good. These organizations benefit from a data science platform, and we all benefit from the work they are doing.

For students, we recognized that people trying to learn data science are often slowed down by things that don’t relate to their course work. This might be an underpowered computer, needing access to GPUs, or spending time managing environments and packages. We’ve talked to enough educators to know that these are real pain points. The world needs more data scientists, and education is already expensive enough.

It’s worth noting that this program represents a real investment from Domino. While the software is free, we are paying for the compute resources that underlie this program, including a large number of servers. We also provide product training and support.

We believe this effort is worth our money and our time because we have been able to benefit from the data science community in so many ways. People volunteer to speak at our pop-ups and write blog posts for us. More generally, the open source community has created fantastic tools like Jupyter notebooks and scikit learn. These tools make our product more useful to our customers.

Transform The Sector Conference Gathers Canadian Experts And Global Thought Leaders To Talk Data For Social Good In Toronto

Conference to revolutionize data use in the Canadian social sector doubles as the first stop of the Digital Impact World Tour to drive effective, responsible data use

Press Release – Toronto, ON – The Transform the Sector conference, presented by Powered By Data, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), brings together Canadian experts and global thought leaders this Thursday, February 23rd to discuss how the social sector can leverage digital data and infrastructure for higher impact.

Speakers include Michael Lenczner, Director of Powered by Data and CEO of Ajah; Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford PACS and Director of the DCSL; Andrew Means, Head of Beyond.Uptake, founder of Data Analysts for Social Good, and co-founder of The Impact Lab; and Tris Lumley, Director of Development for New Philanthropy Capital, among many others.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation is proud to partner with Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab and Powered by Data as a part of our commitment to work with others towards digital transformation and outcomes-based philanthropy in Canada,” said Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. “Canadian non-profit organizations are increasingly dependent on digital data to inform their strategies and pursue their missions, and I’m glad our Foundation is supporting the digital capacity of Canada’s social sector via this one-of-a-kind conference.”

The conference marks the first stop of the Digital Impact World Tour, a global extension of the Data on Purpose / Do Good Data conference hosted earlier this month by Stanford Social Innovation Review and the DCSL. In line with the mission of the DCSL’s Digital Impact initiative, the Digital Impact World Tour aims to highlight the possibilities and responsibilities of using digital data and infrastructure ethically, safely, and effectively for social good.

“This is a crucial time for stakeholders in civil society to come together to shape and share ethical, effective data practices for social good, and we’re delighted to work with our Canadian partners at Ontario Trillium Foundation and Powered by Data to advance these efforts in North America and worldwide,” said Lucy Bernholz. “We’re excited to make Toronto the first stop on our world tour, to learn from leaders in the Canadian social sector, and to spotlight both the opportunities and responsibilities facing civil society in the digital age.”

With the support of global partners Microsoft, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, and Perpetual Limited, the Digital Impact World Tour will host conferences across six continents, including in China, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, Germany, Brazil, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Applications Open Now for Second Annual Miranda Lambert ‘Women Creators’ Scholarship

Tour rehearsal show provides funding for award

Press Release – NASHVILLE, February 21, 2017 – Reigning Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert recently used a tour warm-up show to make a major difference in the life of an aspiring female songwriter. Thanks to a sold-out club show in Chicago, Lambert will for the second year fund the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Scholarship at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. The purpose of the fund is to provide a scholarship to an outstanding female student who is majoring in music business, songwriting or entertainment industry studies.

“I am so happy to continue supporting this scholarship fund for Women Creators at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business,” said Lambert. “To be able to assist women in a meaningful way means the world to me.”

Lambert raised the funds to continue the scholarship for a second year with her Jan. 24 club show at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, a rehearsal for her current Highway Vagabond Tour, which supports her 2016 album, The Weight of These Wings. Songwriter Natalie Hemby, a Belmont graduate, joined her for the concert.

Doug Howard, dean of the Curb College, said, “We are grateful and humbled by the continued generous support given by Miranda Lambert to the women songwriters and artists at the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. The level of participation and excitement displayed by our students in connection with this scholarship has been overwhelming, and this year’s gift is once again evidence of Miranda’s firm commitment to inspire and empower the next generation of female creators and entertainment industry leaders.”

Applications are now open for the 2017-18 scholarship. Candidates must complete an online application and submit an original song. A Curb College selection committee will review the applications, and a group of finalists will be sent to Lambert review. Award notification is anticipated to occur in late spring.

The inaugural scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year went to junior songwriting major Anna Vaus.

About Miranda Lambert

Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, having been bestowed this honor for seven consecutive years. Her accolades include 2 Grammy Awards, 13 (CMA) Country Music Associations Awards, and 25 (ACM) Academy of Country Music Awards as well as many other honors, including the prestigious Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony.

The Texas native released her most recent effort, a double album titled The Weight of These Wings in November 2016, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. She touts six studio albums to her repertoire; Kerosene (2005), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007), Revolution (2009), Four The Record (2011) and Platinum (2014), the latter earning Lambert a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Album, in addition to her previous GRAMMY win for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2010 for “The House That Built Me.” Her second single “We Should Be Friends” is chasing up the charts at Country Radio.

About the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business

In 1971, Belmont first established a Music Business program designed to prepare young women and men for operational, administrative, creative and technical careers in the music industry. The program grew in both size and reputation, leading to the advent of the full Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business in 2003. Currently home to more than 2,500 undergraduates with majors in five areas—music business, audio engineering technology, entertainment industry studies, songwriting and motion pictures—the college boasts an impressive faculty of academic scholars and authors, entrepreneurs, songwriters, producers, filmmakers and sound and recording engineers. It is a world leader in music business and entertainment industry education and the only freestanding college of its kind.

About Belmont University

Ranked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 7,700 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 19 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon. For more information, visit

Monsanto Marks Substantial Progress against Sustainability Goals in 2016 Report

Details Key Climate Action Milestones, Alignment With UN Sustainable Development Goals And Position On Biodiversity

Press Release – ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Monsanto Company today released its 2016 Sustainability Report, Growing Better Together . Highlights include Monsanto’s actions to help mitigate and adapt to climate change through collaborative efforts, the advancement of its biodiversity position and alignment of its work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We understand the crucial role agriculture has in feeding the world while utilizing the least amount of resources possible. We are committed to helping farmers grow more food using fewer resources and together, we have made meaningful progress against our goal of advancing modern agriculture,” said Pam Strifler, Vice President, Global Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement at Monsanto. “Sustainability is firmly embedded in our business and aligned across three broad areas – people, planet and company. As we look back on fiscal year 2016, we take great pride that we’re on track to meet key environmental and social milestones.”

In 2016, Monsanto made significant progress in the company’s multi-pronged approach to achieving a carbon neutral operational footprint by 2021 and in promoting climate-smart agriculture practices:

  • Attained 89 percent of its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from crop protection operations by 22 percent (per pound of active ingredient) by 2020.
  • Established the Carbon-Neutral Collaborative to help develop a scalable and verifiable carbon accounting framework for the agriculture industry.
  • Commissioned and publicly shared a third-party study showing that widespread adoption of recommended climate smart agricultural practices could potentially absorb more carbon than 2.5 billion tree seedlings grown for 10 years, in the U.S. alone.

The 2016 report also outlines how the company’s work contributes to achieving the United Nations’ SDGs, a universal call to action to address the world’s most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. Recognizing the critical role business must play in advancing this collective global effort, Monsanto reviewed the 17 SDGs and associated 169 targets and identified nine SDGs where it can have the most impact. Three address social and economic topics like poverty, hunger and social opportunity; three focus on environmental issues including climate, water and biodiversity; and three provide frameworks for attaining the other six. These SDGs will continue to inform the company’s sustainability strategy, actions and resource allocation decisions.

In 2016, Monsanto also published its company position on biodiversity, which formalizes its long-standing advocacy for biodiversity and is aligned with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, stating, in part, that the company works to “conserve and promote the sustainable use of biodiversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems as it relates to our research, products and practices.” As part of this advocacy, Monsanto surpassed its 2016 goal of establishing monarch habitats at 70 of its US production and research facilities.

Other highlights from the 2016 report include the following:

– People

  • Reached approximately 7 million people with Off-the-Job Safety content through in-person events and social media efforts.
  • Maintained an excellent occupational safety record, including an injury severity rate of .53, which represents a 48 percent improvement since 2011.
  • Helped 250,000 rural community members in India adopt healthy and hygienic lifestyles as part of Monsanto’s WBCSD Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) pledge.

– Planet

  • Attained 47 percent of goal to increase irrigation water application efficiency across its global seed production operation by 25 percent by 2020.
  • Continued working with Conservation International to protect and restore forests with nearly 42,000 acres of forests already impacted in Brazil and Indonesia since 2008.

– Company

  • Conducted second annual Supplier Sustainability Assessment to weigh the economic, environmental and social profiles and behaviors of strategic suppliers.
  • Implemented formal community engagement plans at 100 percent of manufacturing sites around the globe.

The full Monsanto 2016 Sustainability Report and executive summary is available online here. Each year, the company publishes a sustainability report that includes its United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress. This report was prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 voluntary Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

About Monsanto Company

Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Monsanto, our commitments and our more than 20,000 dedicated employees, please visit: and Follow our business on Twitter® at, on the company blog, Beyond the Rows® at or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.


Leonhardt Ventures to Enter Into Worldwide Strategic Collaboration With Neuro Code Tech Holdings for Customized Bioelectric Cancer Treatments


Collaboration will draw upon Leonhardt’s leading position in bioelectric stimulation controlled protein expression and Neuro Tech Holdings premier customized bioelectric read and write neuro code tumor treatment platform

CancerCell, a Leonhardt Ventures’ startup – see video – – incubating in the Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah, Inc. innovation accelerator, a private licensable technology platform and team developing personalized bioelectric cancer therapies, announced today that it will enter into a worldwide strategic collaboration with Neuro CodeTech Holdings to develop, manufacture and commercialize novel bioelectric based, individualized bioelectric cancer therapies. The collaboration will combine Leonhardt’s leading bioelectric stimulation controlled protein expression portfolio and research program with Neuro Code Tech Holdings proprietary cancer neuro-code read and write technology platform, providing personalized medicine solution to shrinking cancer tumors, by stopping cell division, and starving them of blood supply. Together, the two companies will develop individually tailored cancer therapies against a broad range of cancers to potentially provide a new treatment paradigm for cancer patients.

CANCER_CELL from Calx Stars Business Accelerator on Vimeo.

The collaboration will focus on the development of bioelectric cancer tumor destruction therapies targeting the inactivation of a tumor’s ability to continue cell division based upon both Leonhardt’s and Neuro Code Tech Holdings individualized cancer therapy clinical platforms for the potential treatment of multiple cancers. With Neuro Tech Holdings patented technology a patient’s cancer tumor’s communication signals can be rapidly read utilizing next generation neural code reading technology to define a spectrum of unique mutation promoting signals that can be jammed and thus prevented from further cell division by a customized bioeleletric return signal. The Leonhardt bioelectric signal controlled protein expression technology can be used to activate release of a mRNA encoding selected neoepitope which can be manufactured for each individual tumor’s mutanome signature by a specific bioelectric signal, which can trigger an immune response highly specific to the tumor resulting in precisely targeted cancer cell death. The Leonhardt patented and patent pending technology platform includes signals for stopping cell division and halting blood supply to destroy a cancer tumor followed by over thirteen organ regeneration promoting signals and protein expressions to rebuild the organ after the cancer has been eliminated.

Initial clinical development will focus on combination studies targeted at shrinking brain, pancreas and breast cancer tumors. Under the terms of the agreement Leonhardt will pay Neuro Code Tech Holdings in installment payments as near-term and long-term milestones are met and the two companies will share ownership of the startups that receive exclusive licenses to commercialize the combined technologies.

The specific Neuro Code Tech Holdings LLC intellectual property to be utilized in this agreement includes U.S. patent 9,032,964, entitled “Method and system for processing cancer cell electrical signals for medical therapy.” According to the abstract, a scientific computer system with processor capable of recording, storing, and reprogramming the natural electrical signals of cancer cells as found in tumors of humans and animals. The reprogramming process is designed to create a confounding electrical signal for retransmission into a malignant tumor to damage or shut-down the cellular internal electrical communication system. Altering the electrical charge on the glycocalyx of the outer cell membrane is also part of the treatment by application of ions. The invention causes cancer cell death as a medical treatment using ultra-low voltage and amperage encoded signals which are reprogrammed from cancer cell communication signals.

Dr. Santosh Kesari, Neuro Scientist and Chief Scientific Advisor to CancerCell and CerebraCell, Leonhardt Ventures cos. commented: “We are delighted to collaborate with leading bioelectric personalized cancer therapy inventors such as Eleanor Schuler of Neuro Code Tech Holdings. Supported by its extensive bioelectric stimulation signal protein expression control understanding, the Leonhardt team has been building experience with its proprietary bioelectric driven therapies, often combined with stem cell based compositions, in a number of organ specific applications over nearly three decades. Combining Leonhardt’s broad proprietary capabilities in the design, formulation, manufacturing and clinical testing of combination therapy organ regeneration and controlled protein expression technologies with Neuro Code Tech Holdings’ eminent neural code read and write signaling expertise, will allow us, on a global scale, to drive forward the development of individualized therapies to market to not only treat and potentially stop a broad range of cancers but also to fully regenerate those same organs post cancer. No other research group we know of is offering this one two punch combination designed to help patients recover to a full quality of life.” Dr. Kesari is Chair and Professor, Department of Translational Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics, Director, Neuro-oncology the Providence John Wayne Cancer Institute and Director of Neuro-Oncology at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute and Brain Tumor Center both in Santa Monica, California where CancerCell and CerebraCell expect to launch first-in-man clinical trials in the future –

Eleanor Schuler, CSO of Neuro Code Tech Holdings LLC added: “This alliance underpins Neuro Code Tech Holding’s strategy of collaborating with companies that are committed to developing truly disruptive therapies and its long term ambitions of bringing its patented inventions to clinics to begin helping people recover from the devastation of cancer. Our proprietary patented technology is the only one we know of that reads the communication signals within a tumor and customizes back an individualized therapy. No two cancer tumors are alike. To treat them you need a customized approach.”

“Unlike any medicine ever developed, virtually all cancer patients may potentially benefit from a custom built bioelectric cancer therapy followed by total organ regeneration,” said Luis Ortiz, Patent Counsel and President of Neuro Code Tech Holdings. “By collaborating with the Leonhardt team on this cutting edge approach, we hope to truly advance cancer treatments by using a common sense approach that is uniquely tailored to an individual patient. The Leonhardt team has a record of bringing breakthrough innovations from concept to market and strong leadership, and we believe with confidence they will do it again with this product.”

“In our work to discover the right bioelectric signals to promote organ regeneration we worked to find protein expressions that promoted cell division on demand and increased blood supply. By serendipity un-intentionally we discovered specific bioelectric signals that immediately halted cell division and halted blood supply. We sent these results into the U.S. patent office to make our first claims for a cancer therapy. In the process of filing our patents we came across the work of the Neuro Code Tech Holdings team led by Eleanor Schuler and found their technology to go a step further in having both a read and write neuro code customization. We are in awe of their inventive genius and feel honored to now be teamed with them,” stated Dr. Jorge Genovese and Howard Leonhardt co-inventors of the Leonhardt Ventures technology platform.

Link to previous related press release:

Leonhardt Ventures and CerebraCell File Patent Application for Treating Cancer Tumors with Bioelectric Stimulation –

The Leonhardt team is also working on bioelectric neuro code signal reading that it believes can be an early detection system for cancers and organ regeneration to follow cancer tumor destruction.

About Leonhardt Ventures:

Leonhardt Ventures founded in 1982 is a leading developer of organ regeneration, support assist and repair technologies. In the 1980’s the Leonhardt team led the development of predictably compliant cardiovascular balloon catheters, in the 1990’s world leadership in patented stent grafts for aneurysm repair and percutaneous heart valves, in the 2000’s Leonhardt has led the way in stem cell and bioelelectric based organ regeneration technologies. The team led the first-in-man non-surgical stem cell repair of a human heart in 2001. Leonhardt Ventures operates innovation/startup accelerators in California and Utah under the name Leonhardt’s Launchpads currently incubating 30 startups and licensable technology platforms. Leonhardt’s Launchpads and it’s startups are supported by over 37 Scientific Advisory Board members and 70+ business mentors – Main web site:

About Neuro Code Tech Holdings LLC:

Neuro Code Tech Holdings (NCTH) is a New Mexico-based company focused on the research, development and intellectual property protection of biolectronic cancer treatment technology. It’s chief scientific officer, Eleanor Schuler, has almost three decades of experience in developing and testing neuro-coded electric signals for providing a diverse spectrum of treatments for human and animal applications.

Corporate Notes: Leonhardt Ventures is Leonhardt Vineyards LLC DBA Leonhardt Ventures a Los Angeles, California LLC (formed in 1982 as sole propreitorship HJ Leonhardt & Co in Minneapolis. and converted to a California LLC in 2005). Leonhardt’s Launchpads is Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. DBA Leonhardt’s Launchpads a California C Corporation formed in 2013. Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah, Inc. is a Utah C corporation formed in November 2015 and officially incorporated in 2016.

Caution Statement: Technologies referenced herein are early stage developments in early feasibility bench top and animal testing phase. Safety and efficacy is not yet proven. No efficacy or safety claims are implied. For potential investors investing in our innovation accelerator or its startups/licensable technology platforms is very high risk due to the early stage of these developments, the high regulatory and development cost to bring products of this type to market, patent lititagion risk, heavy competition and our limited capital on hand and small staff. This type of investment is not suitable to most and is limited in access at this time only to sophisticated accredited investors only with direct long standing experience in these type of investments. Due our small staff and many developments in process not all of our 30+ web sites are up to date and thus information at times may be outdated. If you have any specific questions please email us at

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