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Imagine & Believe 2022

On Thursday, November 10, 2022, the NTSAD Community will gather at the Royal Sonesta in Boston for the first in-person Imagine & Believe event in three years to commemorate NTSAD’s 65th Anniversary. At the event, which raises funds for programs and services, NTSAD will honor research pioneer Guangping Gao PhD for revitalizing gene therapy and potential treatments for rare diseases, including his research toward treatments for Canavan Disease. 

Purchase an individual ticket for $200.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunity below.

Watch last year's Imagine & Believe videos.

Guangping Gao PhD

Dr. Gao is the Co-Director, Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research, Director, Horae Gene Therapy Center and Viral Vector Core, Professor of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, Penelope Booth Rockwell Professor in Biomedical Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Gao started studying Canavan disease in 1989 and discovered the gene and its mutations in 1993. He discovered the vector (AAV9) for efficient delivering the therapeutic gene to the brain via intravenous injection in 2004 and developed an optimized effective Canavan gene therapy in 2017. His work was licensed by Aspa Therapeutics where clinical trials have begun. 

His dedication and compassion are unparalleled as many families can attest. NTSAD remains grateful to Dr. Gao for his many contributions benefitting the NTSAD Community–from establishing the Gao Lab at the Horae Gene Therapy Center at UMASS, to mentoring the next generation of researchers, and serving as a trusted expert for families. 
Furthermore, Dr. Gao is prolific in the number of biotech patents he holds, which total more than 130 with additional patents pending, as well as many research papers and publications. He also is the former President of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy and co-founded Voyager Therapeutics. Recently BioSpace, a digital magazine, published an article about Dr. Gao highlighting his career and two life-changing experiences, including working on a farm, and living in a barn in China as a teen, and meeting a Canavan family 15 years ago (Sherri Sigel, whose daughter Rachel Epstein has Canavan, and her daughter Jessica who worked in Dr. Gao’s lab). Read the article.
Please join us in honoring Dr. Gao at the 65th Anniversary Imagine & Believe event.  
 

Imagine & Believe Sponsorship Opportunities 

pdf Imagine and Believe Sponsorship Benefits 2022 (240 KB)

PRESENTING IMAGINE SPONSOR $25,000 (Limited Opportunity)

• Prominent name/logo recognition as PRESENTING Sponsor (or Co-Presenting Sponsor) on all event materials including digital invitation and program, event signage, social media, NTSAD website, and e-newsletter

• Opportunity to host one, 60-minute focus group with NTSAD family members at a mutually agreeable date

• Opportunity to participate in pre-event promotional videos

• Verbal acknowledgement and recognition during podium announcements

• Admission for 15 guests

BELIEVE SPONSOR $12,500

• Prominent name/logo recognition as BELIEVE Sponsor on all event materials including digital invitation and program, event signage, social media, NTSAD website, and e-newsletter

• Admission for 10 guests

HOPE SPONSOR $6,500

• Prominent name/logo recognition as HOPE Sponsor on all event materials including digital invitation and program, event signage, social media, NTSAD website, and e-newsletter

• Admission for 8 guests

INSPIRATION SPONSOR $3,000

• Prominent name/logo recognition as INSPIRATION Sponsor on all event materials including digital invitation and program, event signage, social media, NTSAD website, and e-newsletter

• Admission for 6 guests

DETERMINATION SPONSOR $1,650

• Prominent name/logo recognition as DETERMINATION Sponsor on all event materials including digital invitation and program, event signage, social media, NTSAD website, and e-newsletter

• Admission for 4 guests

RARE SPONSOR $750

• Half screen recognition in digital program

• Admission for 2 guests ADVOCATE SPONSOR $500

• Half screen recognition in digital program

• Admission for one guest

INDIVIDUAL GUEST ADMISSION $200

DIGITAL PROGRAM RECOGNITION OR TRIBUTE ADS

Full screen $1,000, Half screen $500, Quarter screen $250

For more information, to register, or make a donation visit www.ntsad.org.

To sponsor Imagine & Believe, please contact Susan Keliher Director of Development and Communications at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Imagine & Believe 2022 Sponsors

Believe 

Aspa Therapeutics, a BridgeBio Company

Hope 

Gerald Cox MD, PhD* 

Passage Bio

Inspiration

Amicus Therapeutics

Azafaros

CANBridge

Robin Lynn and Lawrence Blumberg

Determination

Acom Healthcare*

Adelman Associates

Lori and Lee Greenwood

Blyth and Charlie Lord*

Myrtelle

NTSAD New York Area Fund

*NTSAD Board Member

How to Support

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For more information or questions, please email skeliher@ntsad.org.

 

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