Partners for Progress in Cord Blood Stem Cell Research: Advocates, PhysicianResearchers and Industry Working Together

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AZBio Expo 2013

Bridging the Gap

May 30, 2013

9 AM – 4 PM

Fiesta Resort
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2100 South Priest Drive
Tempe, Arizona

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Partners for Progress in Cord Blood Stem Cell Research:  Advocates, PhysicianResearchers and Industry Working Together

Developing new breakthroughs and new therapies takes a team. Learn how 2012 Bioscience Company of the Year Cord Blood Registry, the Save The Cord Foundation, and the University of Arizona Department of Opthamology and Vision Science make a perfect team.


Charis Ober, President – Save the Cord Foundation

Charis Ober

Charis Ober is Founder and Executive Director for Save the Cord Foundation.

Charis has been involved in the pharmaceutical and bio industry for 25 years.  While working for Industry leaders, Schering Pharmaceuticals and J& J’s, McNeil Pharmaceuticals, she gained diverse marketing, sales and product development experience, with the promotion and  product launch of  bio and pharmaceutical  products such as, Inteferon and Claritin.

She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Marketing.  Charis is involved in the Tucson community and has a son and daughter with her husband, Dr. Richard Ober.

Save the Cord Foundation is a 501c3  non-profit bio foundation, whose mission is to bring factual, noncommercial information about the life-saving medical value of umbilical cord blood and   tissue and the options for preserving it to expectant parents and the public.   The foundation’s vision is to make cord blood and tissue preservation a realistic and accessible option for all expectant parents and a standard of care for all newborns.

Save the Cord Foundation was established in 2007. The foundation is headquartered in Tucson AZ and has national prominence and global reach.

Joseph Miller, MD, MPH – Department Head, University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science 

Dr. Joseph MillerDr. Miller is the Murray & Clara Walker Memorial Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology of the University of Arizona, and has been Head of Ophthalmology at the UA since 2004.  He is also appointed as Professor of Optical Sciences and Professor of Public Health (Epidemiology).  His specialty is pediatric ophthalmology, and his research has focused on the effects of refractive error on visual development.

Dr. Miller is a Board certified ophthalmologist and a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.  He is a noted expert on vision screening, and serves as advisor to the Chair of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, funded by HRSA.  He is a Board member of VisionQuest 20/20, a national vision screening organization, and is Medical Director of Save The Cord Foundation, a national non-profit dedicated to promoting cord blood awareness.  CV – Dr Joseph Miller.

Tom Moore, Executive Chairman – Cord Blood Registry

Tom Moore of CBRThomas Moore is the co-founder of CBR and served as CEO from 1995-2012. He has more than 25 years of management experience with start-ups, including as a founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that went public in 1992. From 1988 to 1998, Tom served as the principal of Sand Hill Management Group, a private investment and management firm involved primarily in turn-around and start-up management of high growth businesses. From 1982 to 1987, Tom was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Synercom Technology, a company that he took public in 1986. From 1967 to 1982, Tom held a number of senior management positions at Honeywell Inc., including Vice President of Pacific Operations.

He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from California State University, Hayward.

CBR® (Cord Blood Registry®) is the world’s largest and most experienced stem cell bank. For more than 15 years, we have led the industry in technical innovations. We are entrusted by parents with storing cord blood and tissue for more than 400,000 children. Moreover, CBR was the first bank to offer families in the U.S. storage for stem cells contained in cord tissue, which may help repair the body in different ways.

CBR has also helped more clients use their cord blood stem cells in treatments than any other family bank. Our research and development efforts are focused on helping leading clinical researchers advance regenerative medicine that may help families in the future. For more information, visit

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Partners for Progress in Cord Blood Stem Cell Research:  Advocates, PhysicianResearchers and Industry Working Together