Company: FRAXA Research Foundation
Job title: Director of Development
Dave Bjork is a lung cancer survivor and long-time patient advocate who currently works at FRAXA Research Foundation in Newburyport, MA as Director of Community Relations. He has more than 25 years of progressive experience in nonprofit marketing, patient advocacy and fundraising leadership roles including Vice President of Development, National Foundation for Cancer Research, Bethesda, MD. Dave has made it his life mission to connect individuals, businesses, academic institutions and other key influencers to forge strong partnerships to focus on research. In his role at FRAXA, he is actively building trusting relationships with Fragile X families and the scientific community. He also advocates for the important role patient groups play in working with the biopharma industry.
Dave writes about precision medicine, patient empowerment and cancer research on Twitter and on his blog. He has been recognized by Cancer Commons as a Super Advocate and was honored for his advocacy by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as one of the 2016 MGH one hundred – 100 everyday amazing people making a difference in cancer care.
Dave is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and lives in greater Boston with his wife Missi and their 3 boys.
Panel: Including Patient Perspectives from the Start 9:00 am
day: Day One