Global Conference 2010
Chair and Founder, Friends of Cancer Research
Ellen Sigal is Chair and Founder of Friends of Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization that convenes leading cancer advocates and researchers to create strategic consensus. The group also educates policymakers and the public about new research opportunities and existing obstacles; pioneers public-private partnerships to maximize resources; and creates an effective dialogue between researchers and regulators to minimize institutional barriers and ensure safety. Sigal is vice chair of the inaugural board of directors of the Reagan-Udall Foundation, a partnership designed to modernize medical product development, accelerate innovation and enhance product safety in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She has previously served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors and the National Institutes of Health Director′s Council of Public Representatives. From 1992 to 1998, Sigal was a presidential appointee to the National Cancer Advisory Board, chairing its Budget and Planning Committee, which oversees the federal cancer budget.