We value open-innovation and seek strategic partnerships from academia, industry, government and our community to advance promising discoveries from the laboratory into the lives of people with epilepsy. This belief is reflected in our team, composed of different stakeholders, which assists in defining the challenge topics.

Ei2 Leadership Team at the Epilepsy Foundation

Sonya B. Dumanis, PhD
Director, Epilepsy Foundation's Epilepsy Innovation Institute Ei2

Phil Gattone, MEd
President & CEO, Epilepsy Foundation of America

Robert (Bob) Smith, MBA
Chair, Board of Directors, Epilepsy Foundation of America

Jackie French, MD
Chief Scientific Officer, Epilepsy Foundation of America
Professor, Department of Neurology, New York University

Brandy Fureman, PhD
Vice President of Research and New Therapies, Epilepsy Foundation of America

Daniel Fischer, MBA
Patient Advocate

Christianne (Christi) Heck, MD, MM
Chair of Professional Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation of America
Professor, Clinical Neurology, Keck Hospitals of University of Southern California (USC)
Chief of Staff, Keck Hospitals of USC, Medical Director, USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Stephen (Steve) Collins, MD, PhD
Chair of Business Advisory Board
Chief Executive Officer and President at Biscayne Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Susan Pietsch-Escueta, MPH
Local Epilepsy Foundation Representative, Executive Director of Epilepsy Foundation Greater Los Angeles

Advisory Group

Nathan Fountain, MD
Professor of Neurology, University of Virginia

John Huguenard, PhD
Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University

Laura S. Lubbers, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

Galit Pelled, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology and Neuroscience, Chief, Division of Neuroengineering, Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, Michigan State University

Manisha Patel, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado

Penny Dacks, PhD
Senior Manager, Research, American Epilepsy Society (AES)

Robert S. Fisher, MD, PhD
Maslah Saul MD Professor, Director of the Epilepsy Center, Stanford University 

Ivan Soltesz, PhD
James R. Doty, Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurosciences, Stanford University

Wendy Miller, PhD, RN
Representative for People Living with Epilepsy

Jenniafer Walters
Representative for People Living with Epilepsy

Vicky Holets Whittemore, PhD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Chuck Sabino
Eisai Company, Ltd.