IC21 Award Dinner

March 24, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.

Speaker Dr. Larry Schlesinger

Honoree

Professor, President & CEO of Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Larry S. Schlesinger, MD is an internationally recognized authority in infectious diseases. He became Professor, President and CEO of Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, TX in 2017.  Since his arrival, Texas Biomed has raised more than $30 million through philanthropic efforts for recruitment of scientists, new programs, and infrastructure needs, and Dr. Schlesinger oversaw the astounding growth in contract research in 2020, as Texas Biomed set a record-breaking year of more than $45 million in research contracts.

Dr. Schlesinger implemented more than $10 million worth of infrastructure changes and spearheaded the construction of a multi-million dollar biosafety level-3 laboratory that resulted in the completion of a 4,500 square foot BSL-3 laboratory in record time. Within months of its grand opening, the BSL-3 became a cornerstone of research related to TB and COVID-19. Within weeks of the WHO declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, Texas Biomed had raised more than $5 million to jumpstart model development so that therapies and vaccines in the pipeline could be tested quickly, safely and get to market as fast as possible. Because of the facility and the expertise in coronaviruses and high containment research, Texas Biomed became integral to the COVID-19 scientific response. COVID-19 research at the Institute has resulted in current vaccines and therapeutics to treat COVID-19.

He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and reviews, served as editor of 2 books and has written several chapters in leading textbooks. He has been continually funded by the NIH and other federal agencies as well as private foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for more than 30 years.

Dr. Schlesinger earned a BA in Biology from Cornell University and MD from Rutgers Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan and clinical and research fellowships in Infectious Diseases at UCLA.

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Speaker Dr. Barry Bloom

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Barry Bloom is recognized as a pioneer in the field of global health. Trained in immunology, Dr. Bloom is a leading scientist in the areas of infectious diseases, vaccines, and global health and former consultant to the White House. He has been extensively involved with the World Health Organization (WHO) for more than 40 years. He is currently Chair of the Technical and Research Advisory Committee to the Global Programme on Malaria at WHO and has been a member of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research.  Dr. Bloom serves on the Bulletin of the World Health Organization editorial board and frequently provides commentary to global news outlets on current issues in public and global health.

Dr. Bloom was the founding chair of the board of trustees for the International Vaccine Institute in South Korea, which is devoted to promoting vaccine development for children in the developing world. He has chaired the Vaccine Advisory Committee of UNAIDS, where he played a critical role in the debate surrounding the ethics of AIDS vaccine trials. He has also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Infectious Diseases of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the National Advisory Council of the US National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Dr. Bloom came from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as Dean of the Faculty in 1999, which he served for a decade. He received the first Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Research in Infectious Diseases, shared the Novartis Award in Immunology in 1998, and was the recipient of the Robert Koch Gold Medal for lifetime research in infectious diseases. Dr. Bloom was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and the American Philosophical Society.

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  • Dinner and cocktails delivered to the host/hostess home on march 24th for up to 10 OR a voucher to cater a lunch for up to 10 at your office to be used by December 31, 2021
  • Exclusive invitation to a future World Affairs Council of San Antonio program
  • Annual corporate membership for 2022 (A $1200 value)
  • Recognition on all social media platforms
  • Recognition on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s website
  • Sponsorship of 2 students
  • Exclusive branding during the virtual gala experience

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  • Recognition on social media
  • Recognition on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s website

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