The Hepatitis B Foundation has made tremendous strides forward in advancing our Cause for a Cure.
Hepatitis B Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Watch the short YouTube video that captures the 20 year history of the Hepatitis B Foundation through old photos and interviews with the founders and Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg. View now!
- Groundbreaking for nine new labs to accommodate the success of research entrepreneurs and a teaching lab for young scientists occurred in June.
- HBF was part of the IOM Report on “Hepatitis and Liver Cancer” from inception to fruition by providing testimony and having three of our medical advisors play a major role in this landmark report that set the stage for how the US will manage HBV and liver cancer in the next decade.
- HBF was at the forefront in working with Congressional members to advocate for HR 3974, the Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Prevention and Control Act 2009, a comprehensive bill that addresses the needs of more than five million Americans living with chronic hepatitis B.
- The highly competitive GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 cash prize was awarded to the HBF for its comprehensive Outreach Program that helps improve access to care.
- John Ellis, a 17-year old cyclist from Florida took his devastating diagnosis of hepatitis B and turned it into an awareness campaign with his Believe in the Cure Cycling Tour of 1,287 miles from Pensacola to Philadelphia and raised $50,000 towards a cure!
- HBF convened the first National Pediatric Hepatitis B Workshop gathering an expert panel of pediatric liver specialists to discuss the management of children with chronic hepatitis B. Recommendations were published October 5, 2009 in Pediatrics.
- HBF organized a historic Library of Congress Symposium on HIV and HBV during National Hepatitis B Awareness Week to address the challenges in HIV vaccine development.
- Dr. Andy Cuconati, head of HBF’s Drug Discovery Program discovered a new compound that specifically suppresses release of HBV from infected liver cells.
- The Gateway to Care and the Philadelphia Task Force on Hepatitis B was launched to improve access to care through education and free screenings.
- HBF becomes sponsor of International HBV Meeting.
- HBF High School Science Enrichment Program is established.
- HBF opens its new Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County, created and owned in partnership with Delaware Valley College.
- HBF provides impetus for historic advocacy successes: First-ever National HBV Act introduced in Congress; first Congressional Briefing on HBV; and first National HBV Awareness Week in May called for by Congress.
- HBF establishes the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, which houses the HBF labs.
- HBF and University of Oxford Training Program is created - one of the first of its kind in the United States.
- Drexel University becomes the new academic partner of the HBF.
- Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker presents a check for $7.9 million to HBF and Delaware Valley College to build a biotechnology research complex.
- HBF becomes a charter member of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable in Washington, D.C.
- HBF receives a $400,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to fund a total reconstruction of its website - www.hepb.org.
- HBF celebrates our 10th Anniversary!
- The "Bruce Witte Research Fellowship" is established to fund a young scientist pursuing hepatitis B research.
- College summer research internship program is established
- 6th annual Princeton Workshop identifies "National Research Priorities for hepatitis B".
- $1.5 million PA state grant is received to support HBF outreach efforts, promote hepatitis research, and to conduct statewide viral hepatitis trainings.
- HBF offices and labs move under one roof to the new Jefferson Center for Biomedical Research, Doylestown, PA
- HBF outreach campaign results in PA Governor Tom Ridge declaring the first Hepatitis Awareness Month.
- O'Liver, the HBF liver mascot, makes its debut in a televised press conference on the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA
- HBF partners with Jefferson Medical College and Delaware Valley College to help establish a new research center in Doylestown, PA
- The first official HBF office is opened in Jenkintown, PA
- HBF goes on-line, creates a website (www.hepb.org) and is flooded with e-mails from around the world.
- Many new educational materials are developed to respond to the increasing requests for information.
- HBF advocacy efforts result in PA legislature passing Act 15 that adds the hepatitis B vaccine to the list of immunizations required for school entry.
- HBF invites 25 of the nation's leading scientists and clinicians to participate in the first Princeton Workshop, which is focused on hepatitis B therapeutic research.
- HBF reports that lamivudine is a promising new oral drug against hepatitis B.
- The HBF Research Lab is established at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA.
- A PA state grant is received to produce two Emmy-nominated television Public Service Announcements to promote hepatitis B awareness.
- Drs. Timothy Block, Baruch Blumberg, and Raymond Dwek discover a new anti-HBV drug< at Oxford University.
- A PA state grant received to produce HBF video, "Someone You Know Has Hepatitis B", which includes an introduction by Dr. Nancy Snyderman of Good Morning America.
- The B Informed Newsletter is launched.
- HBF incorporates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
- First public HBF fundraiser in New Hope, PA raises $17,000.
- PA State Senator Jim Greenwood introduces the Hepatitis B Prevention, Research and Treatment Act into legislature.
- HBF reports that interferon alpha, an injectable drug, shows promise against hepatitis B.