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Ei2: Team and Supporters


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
Senior Director of Innovation, Epilepsy Foundation

Robert W. Smith
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Immediate Past Chair of the Board, Epilepsy Foundation

Bradley P. Boyer, Esq.
Kutak Rock LLP
Chair, Board of Directors, Epilepsy Foundation

Jackie French, MD
Chief Medical and Innovation Officer, Epilepsy Foundation
Professor, Department of Neurology, New York University

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

Daniel Fischer, MBA
Patient Advocate

Angel Hernandez, MD
Chair of Professional Advisory Board, Epilepsy Foundation
Chief, Division of Neurosciences, Helen DeVos Hospital, Grand Rapids Michigan

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

Rebekkah Halliwell
Local Epilepsy Foundation Representative, Executive Director of Epilepsy Foundation Greater Los Angeles

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
Director, 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.

Founding Premiere Member



Founding Member



Eisai Co., Ltd

Bob and Terri Smith

Margaret Anne French


Founding Supporter

Karen and Steven Wolfson




Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

Epilepsy Foundation of New England

Frank and Jeanne Fischer

Julie and Roger Heldman

Warren Lammert

Marc and Margo Pinto

Michael Provo

Dr. Matthew and Brooklyn Thom



Laurel Alyea

Anonymous Donors

Bruce Armitage

Armitage Family

Len Berenfeld

Tony Coelho

Ed and Linda Demeo

De Sieyes Family

Allen and Suzy Duemey and Lisa Gordon

Clara Edwards

Dan and Polly Figiel

Dr. Jacqueline French

Helen Heisler

Sally Hoffman

Kahanic Family

Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein

James Lintott and May Liang

Loeffel Epilepsy Foundation

D.J. and Trish Monagle

Neu Family

William Parrish

Dennis & Sally Runey

Steve and Sue Schachter

Jim Swanson

Anne Travalia

Dr. Matthew Trowbridge



Interested in supporting the Epilepsy Innovation Institute?

Contact us at 301.918.3753 or email giving@efa.org

Reviewed By:

Epilepsy Foundation Communications

on Thursday, January 02, 2020


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