FORA.tv Speaker - Craig Benson
Craig and Charlotte Benson of Austin, Texas established the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (BBDF) in August 2008 after their five-year-old daughter, Christiane, was diagnosed with Batten disease: a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disorder for which there is no treatment or cure. The mission of the BBDF is to eradicate the disease. The Foundation is working to accomplish this goal through identifying and funding research, and by developing a comprehensive carrier screening test to detect the gene mutations for Batten disease and 450 other devastating genetic diseases that affect children. (For more information, please visit www.beyondbatten.org.)
Craig Benson brings an entrepreneurial perspective to the BBDF through his experience in the biotechnology industry and business. Since 2002, he has served as President and CEO of Rules-Based Medicine, Inc., which is a leader in the development and commercialization of life-sciences research and diagnostic biomarker products and services. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Equity Resource Partners, LLC, a private investment company. From 1987 to 2000 he held various senior executive management positions with Service Corporation International (NYSE:SRV), including President of their international holding company and President of their private equity investment company. Mr. Benson has served on the board of directors of numerous publicly held companies as well as worked with many non-profit organizations. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in 1984.
07.31.10 | 01:18:16 min
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