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2014 Press Releases

Hepatitis B Foundation Receives Competitive Grant of $313,000 for Public Health Program in China

December 2014 - The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) has been awarded a competitive grant of $313, 000 from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to implement a patient empowerment program for those living with chronic hepatitis B in Haimen City, China. The HBF will work with patients over the next two years to help them become actively involved in their disease management and provide training for rural doctors to assist their patients in understanding hepatitis B diagnosis, transmission, prevention and disease care and treatment.

 

Hepatitis B Foundation’s Young Scientists Program Supported by Fulton Bank

October, 2014 – The Hepatitis B Foundation’s (HBF) High School Science Enrichment Program recently received an $8,500 donation from the Fulton Bank, N.A. This contribution was provided though the State’s “Educational Improvement Tax Credit” (EITC) program. The Pennsylvania EITC tax credit program allows businesses to receive tax credits for corporate state tax dollars they donate to educational programs such as the HBF’s Science Enrichment Program.

 

Hepatitis B Foundation’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Joan Block Honored at White House Event

Aug. 4, 2014 – World Hepatitis Day is celebrated annually on July 28, which is the birthday of Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the hepatitis B virus. In commemoration of this day, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Office of National AIDS Policy sponsored a White House briefing to honor national and international efforts to address the “silent epidemic” of viral hepatitis.


Dr. Thomas Starzl Receives Hepatitis B Foundation’s Highest Scientific Honor
April 23, 2014 - The 2014 Crystal Ball Gala, hosted by the Hepatitis B Foundation, included an evening of dinner, dancing, a live and silent auction, and awards ceremony that attracted hundreds of supporters. Thomas E. Starzl, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded the Hepatitis B Foundation's 2014 Baruch S. Blumberg Prize, the highest scientific honor that the foundation confers. Read More...

Dr. Robert Gish Becomes Medical Director for Hepatitis B Foundation
Feb 10 - An internationally renowned medical researcher in the field of viral hepatitis, Dr. Gish has made invaluable contributions to the understanding and treatment of hepatitis B, which is the world’s leading cause of liver cancer. A longtime supporter of the foundation’s mission and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Gish’s new role will further strengthen its research and advocacy efforts worldwide. Read more.

Hepatitis B Foundation and Hep B United Applaud USPSTF for Draft HBV Screening Recommendations
Feb. 10 - The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a draft “B” grade for HBV screening of populations most vulnerable to HBV infection, which includes foreign-born individuals from countries with a 2% or higher HBV prevalence rate. A "B" grade recommendation ensures that healthcare providers will increase HBV screening in high-risk populations and that insurance carriers will reimburse for the testing! Read more.

2013 Press Releases

August 26, 2013
Hepatitis B Foundation Summer Research Program Graduates Budding Scientists
The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) sponsored 18 students in their innovative educational summer programs geared towards training the scientists of tomorrow: the High School Science Enrichment program and College Summer Research Internships. Both are comprehensive programs that expose participants to the real world of science and biotechnology entrepreneurship. The HBF provides high school and college students a unique experience in professional research labs to prepare them for potential careers in the fast-growing areas of biomedical research, biotechnology, and public health. Read More...

July 30, 2013
HBF Executive Director Receives Prestigious Award
July 29 – HBF Executive Director Joan Block received the CDC "Hepatitis Champions" award in Washington DC for her advocacy success in adding HBV to a protected disability under the ADA law. Dr. John Ward, Director of CDC's Div of Viral Hepatitis presented the award at a special ceremony in commemoration of World Hepatitis Day on July 28. Read more.

May 15, 2013
Hepatitis B Foundation Honors Dr. Robert Purcell Former Chief of Hepatitis Viruses Section of the National Institutes of Health at Most Successful Gala to Date
On May 3, 2013, the Hepatitis B Foundation hosted its annual Crystal Ball fundraiser at Jericho National Golf Course in New Hope, Pa. More than 250 leaders from the community, academia, corporations, government, pharmaceutical and biotech industries gathered to support the Foundation. The benefit raised more than $100,000 to advance the Foundation’s mission of eliminating hepatitis B worldwide. Read More...

2012 Press Releases

December 12, 2012
6th Annual Holiday Food Drive Sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation and PA Biotechnology Center
Dec. 12 – For a sixth consecutive year the staff, scientists, and entrepreneur companies who work at the Hepatitis B Foundation and the PA Biotechnology Center generously donated 1,095 pounds of non-perishable food items plus monetary contributions of $1,600.00 for the Bucks County Housing Group food pantry to help feed local community members who may need some assistance at this time. Read More...

November 30, 2012
Hepatitis B Foundation Receives $125,000 Grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nov. 30 – The Hepatitis B Foundation is the recipient of a $125,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Read More...

November 13, 2012
Chari Cohen, HBF Director of Public Health, Receives "Forty Under 40" Award for Outstanding Accomplishments
Nov. 13 – Ms. Chari Cohen, MPH, DrPh(c) received public recognition with the "Forty Under 40" award for her outstanding contributions in public health through the work she leads at the Hepatitis B Foundation. Read More...

October 23, 2012
Hepatitis B Foundation’s Research Institute Hosts 12th Annual Regional Biotech Conference
Oct 23 – Philadelphia-area leading life sciences and biotech entrepreneurs shared their “Biotech Success Stories of the Region” at this year’s Annual Regional Biotech Conference. Read More...

September 7, 2012
Hepatitis B Foundation Summer Research Internship Attract Top Students
The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) sponsored 15 students to participate in their innovative educational summer programs geared towards training the scientists of tomorrow: the High School Science Enrichment program and College Summer Research Internships. Both are comprehensive programs that expose students to the real world of science and biotechnology entrepreneurship. Read More...

May 16, 2012
Hepatitis B Foundation Honors U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh and Breaks Fundraising Record at Crystal Ball
On April 27, 2012, the Hepatitis B Foundation hosted its annual Crystal Ball fundraiser at PineCrest Country Club in Lansdale, Pa. More than 230 leaders from the community, academia, corporations, government, pharmaceutical and biotech industries gathered to support the Foundation. The benefit raised more than $102,000 to advance the Foundation’s mission of eliminating hepatitis B worldwide. Read More...

April 18, 2012
“Einstein’s Table: The Search to Find a Cure for Chronic Hepatitis B” by Kimberly D. Jungkind
An inspiring story of a small group of concerned citizens committed to finding a cure for chronic hepatitis B, a disease that affects 1 in 20 Americans. Their humble beginnings and remarkable efforts over the past twenty years have expanded education, improved outreach, developed resources, resulted in legislation, created an award winning website and brought together the best researchers to find a cure for chronic hepatitis B—all to make a difference for patients nationally and internationally through the achievements of the Hepatitis B Foundation. Read More...

March 26, 2012
Hepatitis B Foundation Hosts Crystal Ball on April 27, 2012 Honoring Dr. Howard Koh
The Hepatitis B Foundation of Doylestown, Pa., will host its annual Crystal Ball on Friday, April 27, 2012 at PineCrest Country Club in Lansdale, Pa. The Crystal Ball attracts hundreds of leaders from the community, academic institutions, government, health care industry and biotech executives. All proceeds from the event support the Foundation’s global research, outreach and patient advocacy programs. Read More...

February 29, 2012
The Natural Products Discovery Institute Announces Collaboration with the Ohio State University on Colon Cancer
The Natural Products Discovery Institute (NPDI) has signed its second collaborative agreement to provide access to the formerly private Merck Natural Products Collection that was received as a donation from the company this past summer. Dr. Douglas Kinghorn, Jack L. Beal Professor and Chair, College of Pharmacy, was funded by a grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health to gain access to this world-class collection. Read More...

February 28, 2012
Hepatitis B Foundation Adds New Members to Board of Directors
The Hepatitis B Foundation is pleased to announce the recent addition of three members to its Board of Directors. The new members include Fox Rothschild LLP Partner, Loren Danzis, Esq.; President and CEO of Modern Group Ltd., David E. Griffith; and Professor of Life Sciences in Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology, Dr. Thomas Shenk. Read More...

2011

December 15, 2011
5th Annual Holiday Food Drive Sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation and PA Biotechnology Center
At a time when donations to food pantries are at a low point, the Hepatitis B Foundation and Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center are doing their part by collecting a record-number (1,185 pounds) of non-perishable food items for the Bucks County Housing Group food pantry. Read More...

December 9, 2011
Fulton Bank Helps Sponsor the Scientists of Tomorrow
The Hepatitis B Foundation’s (HBF) High School Enrichment Program recently received a generous $5,000 donation from the Fulton Bank N.A. This contribution was made utilizing the Pennsylvania’s “Educational Improvement Tax Credit” (EITC) program. Read More...

December 8, 2011
Natural Products Discovery Institute Signs First Major Deal
The Natural Products Discovery Institute (NPDI) has signed its first major deal to allow qualified researchers to access the formerly private Merck Natural Products Collection that it received as a donation from the company this past summer. Dr. David Kingston, University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Virginia Tech, will be the first outside researcher to gain access to this world-class collection of plant natural products. Read More....

October 12, 2011
Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center Celebrates 5 Years as an Economic Success Story
The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, in Doylestown, Pa., is marking its 5th year anniversary as one of the region’s success stories during a tough economy. The Center serves as an important economic driver in the region and over the past five years has replaced the loss of 140 low-tech jobs with 240 new high-tech jobs. Read more.

September 8 , 2011
Hepatitis B Foundation Summer Internship Program Trains 17 Young Scientists
The Hepatitis B Foundation "graduated" 17 high school and college students from its competitive and highly-valued summer research internship program that is funded in part by an educational grant from Merck’s West Point Charitable Contributions Committee, Universal Health Systems, Walmart and Univest Bank. Learn More...

August 30, 2011
Hepatitis B Foundation Launches Car Donation Program
The Hepatitis B Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of its vehicle donation program, a new fundraising initiative. People who are considering selling or trading in their cars, can donate them, running or not, and make a tax-deductible contribution to support the Foundation’s work. Read More...

August 28, 2011
The White House Invites Local Nonprofit to Commemorate World Hepatitis Day 2011
The Hepatitis B Foundation (www.hepb.org), celebrating its 20th anniversary as the global authority dedicated to eliminating hepatitis B worldwide, participated in the commemoration of the first official “World Hepatitis Day” at the White House on July 28, 2011. Read More...

August 03, 2011
Dr. Timothy Block Named to the 2011PharmaVOICE 100 List
Dr. Timothy Block, co-founder, volunteer president and director of the Hepatitis B Foundation, the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center and the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, was recently named to the 2011 PharmaVOICE 100 list for serving as a positive contributor to the life-sciences industry. Read more...

June 6, 2011
Merck Donates Library to Hepatitis B Foundation’s Research Institute
In a public ceremony today, Merck donated its entire “priceless” natural products library, along with an undisclosed grant, to the Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research, which is the research arm of the Hepatitis B Foundation. Read more.

May 12, 2011
HHS Announces Action Plan to Prevent and Treat Viral Hepatitis
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today launched its action plan to prevent and treat viral hepatitis, a silent epidemic affecting 3.5 – 5.3 million Americans. Read more...

March 16, 2011
Hepatitis B Foundation’s Joan Block to be Honored by Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi)
The PASSi’s 2011 Distinguished Health Leader Award will be presented at their annual gala on May 20 to Joan Block, HBF executive director and co-founder, in recognition of her contributions to improving the health of Asian Americans. Read more.

2010

4th Annual Holiday Food Drive Sponsored by the Hepatitis B Foundation and PA Biotechnology Center

Hepatitis B Foundation Announces 20th Anniversary Crystal Ball Committee

HBF Executive Director and Co-Founder Joan Block Receives Philadelphia Woman of Distinction Award

New Hepatitis B Education and Screening Program Offered to Subaru Employees

New National Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer Campaign Launched

Dr. Timothy Block Selected for 2010 Life Sciences Judges’ Choice Award

PA Biotechnology Center Celebrates Grand Opening of Entrepreneur Wing

World Hepatitis Day Rally at U.S. Capitol Attracts Hundreds

2009

Hepatitis B Foundation Launches New Health Screening Programat the 14th Annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival in Philadelphia

APAMSA students assist the Hepatitis B Foundation

17 Students “graduate” from Summer Research Internship Program

Members of Congress Speak Out on Hepatitis B and C
A Public Hepatitis B & C Screening hosted by House Representatives on Capitol Hill Draws Crowds and Builds Awareness of the Devastating Effects of these Diseases

Congressional Briefing on Chronic Viral Hepatitis and
Liver Cancer Highlights World Hepatitis Day
Hepatitis B Foundation, AAPCHO and NVHR Work Together to Raise Awareness
About 6 Million Americans Suffering from Chronic Hepatitis B
and Hepatitis C

Hepatitis B Foundation Sponsors
Hepatitis B Patient Education Group in Philadelphia
Right Knowledge, Right Action

2009 CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING
CHRONIC VIRAL HEPATITIS: A LIVER CANCER STORY

Hepatitis B Foundation to Sponsor May’s First Friday Doylestown
(Feature Appearance by Doylestown Native and NBC 10 Meteorologist Michelle Grossman) DOYLESTOWN, PA (April 2009)

Hepatitis B Foundation Presents Distinguished Scientist Award 2009 to Dr. Brian McMahon at Crystal Ball Gala
Dr. McMahon Honored for Advancing the Science and Medicine of
Hepatitis B
 DOYLESTOWN, PA (April 2009)

Dr. Brian J. McMahon of the Alaska Native Medical Center Receives Prestigious Distinguished Scientist Award 2009 from the Hepatitis B Foundation. Doylestown, PA (April 2009)

Hepatitis B Foundation President Dr. Timothy Block Elected AAAS Fellow Dr. Block honored for discovery of molecular mechanisms of viral persistence and therapeutic strategies for Hepatitis B. Doylestown, PA (March 2009)

Free Hug to Hep B Patients" activity gets warm response in China.  Zhengzhou, China (January 5, 2009)

2008

Hepatitis B Foundation Supports National Hepatitis B Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (December 17)

Hepatitis B Foundation Co-sponsors Philadelphia Conference on The Severity of Hepatitis B in Asian Communities (November 26)

The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County Names Ethan Byler as its Director of Biotechnology Development (October 24)

Focus on Commercializing New Discoveries at 8th Annual Regional Biotech Conference in Bucks County (October 10)

CDC Releases New Chronic Hepatitis B Testing Recommendations for Asian Pacific Islander Populations (September 18)

Hepatitis B Foundation Launches Community Initiatives with New Associate Director of Public Health (September 15)

Hepatitis B Foundation STEERS Students through Summer Enrichment Programs (September 10)

Nassau Swim Team Raises Funds for Hepatitis B Foundation at the Fifth Annual Andrew Wise SwimAthon (August 20)

Hepatitis B Foundation Names Mary Ann Baviello Program Coordinator (July 18)

Scientists of Tomorrow Visit Labs of Today (May 23)

Biotech Warriors for HBV (May 12)

Hepatitis B Foundation Sponsors First Friday Doylestown in May (May 9)

A Congressional Briefing - Zero Tolerance for Hepatitis B: the Health Needs of Women and Children (April 25)

Hepatitis B Foundation to Sponsor May’s First Friday Doylestown (April 18)

Hepatitis B Foundation Presents Distinguished Scientist Award 2008 to University of Michigan Professor at Annual Crystal Ball Gala (April 17)

Internationally Recognized Expert on Immune Response to Viruses speaks at HBF (April 15)

CBS 3 Anchor Larry Mendte Emcees HBF Crystal Ball Gala (April 9)

HBF Crystal Ball To Honor Dr. Anna Lok as Distinguished Scientist 2008! (April 8)

Hepatitis B Foundation Receives $40,000 IMPACT Award from GlaxoSmithKline(March 28)

Hepatitis B Foundation Testifies Before Congressional Appropriation Committee and Urges More Federal Funding for Hepatitis B (March 19)

Hepatitis B Foundation Research Institute Sponsors Alternative Energies Workshop at PA Biotech Center (March 17)

Hepatitis B Foundation Promotes Patti McAloon to Accounting Manager (February 28)

Hepatitis B Foundation Hosts Leadership from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (February 1)

Philadelphia Leaders Join the Hepatitis B Foundation Board of Directors (January 24)

Hepatitis B Foundation Expands Outreach Team by Three (January 10)

YouTube Selects Hepatitis B Foundation for Nonprofit Program (January 2)

2007

Researchers Celebrate the Spirit of Giving
Hepatitis B Foundation and PA Biotech Center collect 1,067 pounds of food (December 20)

HBF Scientists Discover Possible New Alternative to Liver Biopsy for Early Detection and Monitoring (December 19)

Hepatitis B Foundation Receives $21,000 Capacity Building Grant from The Philadelphia Foundation (December 6)

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center Names Pavilion In Honor of Dr. Joshua Feldstein (November 13)

Hepatitis B Foundation Features Local Biotech Success Stories at 7th Annual Regional Biotech Conference in Bucks County (November 13)

Peggy Farley of the Hepatitis B Foundation Addresses the ABC's of Hepatitis (October 5)

The Institute for Hepatitis and Virus Research and BioLeap Collaborate to Discover Novel Compounds for the Treatment of Hepatitis C (October 1)

Melanie Groft of Doylestown Named Director of Development of the Hepatitis B Foundation (October 1)

Honorable Patrick J. Murphy Publicly Recognizes Hepatitis B Foundation in Congress (September 12)

Hepatitis B Foundation Honors Summer College Research Interns (September 10)

Hepatitis B Foundation Bids Farewell to Executive Director Molli Conti (August 13)

Summer High School Enrichment Program is Launched by Hepatitis B Foundation (August 3)

House Appropriations Committee Approves $1 Million Budget Increase for CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis (July 31)

HBF President Dr. Block is Guest Speaker at First Symposium on Chronic Hepatitis and Liver Diseases in Taiwan (July 26)

Chari Cohen Promoted to Senior Research Associate in New HBF Public Health Department (July 18)

Hepatitis B Foundation Hosts National Patient Conference in Philadelphia (July 11)

Hepatitis B Foundation Presents High School Science Awards to Area Graduates (June 26)

Hepatitis B Foundation Co-Sponsors HIV and HBV Vaccine Symposium at Library of Congress (May 11)
      Fight HIV in DC 4.21.07

Scripps Research Institute Professor Receives Award for Changing the Way Science Thinks About Hepatitis (May 3)

Hepatitis B Foundation Presents Distinguished Scientist Award 2007 To Scripps Research Institute Professor Dr. Francis V. Chisari (April 24)

HBF Sponsors First Friday in Doylestown with Feature Appearance by CBS 3 Anchor Larry Mendte (April 23)
      PR Leap 4.18.07

Hepatitis B Foundation Co-Founder and President Touches Lives Locally, Nationally and Internationally (March 31)
      Bucks County Herald 4.12.07

HBF Promotes Peggy Farley to Community Relations Manager (March 16)
      Bucks County Herald 3.29.07

HBF Offers Summer Internship Opportunity to College Students (February 12)

Hepatitis B Vaccinations Provided to 40 Staff and Customers of the PA CareerLink in Bucks County (February 9)

Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg Joins Hepatitis B Foundation as Distinguished Scholar (January 19)
      Phila. Bus. Journal 2.2.07

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James Greenwood Receives 2006 Achievement Award from the Annual Regional Biotech Council Conference (SB Wire, October 17)

Grand Opening of the PA Biotechnology Center (Pharma Voice, October 6)

Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County Opens (The Trend Leader, September 20)

Bucks Co. Biotech Center Designated Innovation Zone (Philadelphia Business Journal, September 15)

PA Biotechnology Center Opens in Bucks (Bucks Co. Herald, September 14)

The Hub of a Science Alliance (The Morning Call, September 8)

Biotech center opens in Bucks County (Philadelphia Business Journal, Sepember. 8)

Governor Rendell Launches Bucks County Innovation Zone (Office of the Governor, September 7)

National Hepatitis B Act Introduced in US Senate (Bucks Co. Herald, August 10)

Student Interns Assist Hepatitis B Foundation (July 13)

Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Receives Positive Opinion from FDA Committee for Nabi-HB(TM) Intravenous (July 13)

Curing Cancer Through Vaccines: What's the Outlook? (June 8)

"AIM for the B" Education Program Held May 15-22, 2006 (May 15)

First Friday Features Music, Art, and Hepatitis Awareness (May 11)

Hepatitis B Caused Mental Discomfort, Courier Post (May 10)

Hepatitis B Foundation Sponsors First Friday Doylestown (April 20)

HBF Hires PR Agency to Launch Awareness Campaign (April 17)

NIH Convenes Meeting to Determine Who To Treat and How To Treat
Hepatitis B (April 9)

HBF Attends National Leadership Meeting Sponsored by the CDC (April 4)

Dr. Raymond Schinazi Honored as Distinguished Scientist at HBF Crystal Ball (March 12)

Hepatitis B Vaccine Saves Lives Letter to the Editor, Intelligencer (January 25)

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HBF and Aetna Foundation Partner in Cultural Competency Program (October 1)

Sigety Research Scholar Recognized (Auust. 8)

Hepatitis B Foundation Participates in U.S. Capitol Briefing (July 25)

Hepatitis B Foundation Welcomes New Board Members (June 28)

 Pulitzer Prize-Winning WriterJeffrey Marx Talks About Hepatitis B (June 28)

  HBF Honors Drexel University and Dr. Bill Stephenson (April 14)

 HBF Offers Unique Oxford Scholar Program (March 22)

HBF Opens New Research Institute (February 17)

HBF Announces New Partnership With Drexel University (February 1)

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HBF Develops Unique Research Center in Bucks County (October 3)

 


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