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December 2015                                                          Volume 11 Issue 8
Director's Letter

It's hard to believe that another year is already coming to a close. Each year seems to pass by faster than the year before, probably because, as time slips by, we find more things that we want to accomplish and simultaneously recognize that we have less time left to do so. At the BTER Foundation, we have lots of things that we still want to accomplish - new support programs for therapists and patients, expanded benefits for members, research into the neglected biotherapies, and more. To help accomplish our goals faster and better, we are looking for new members for our Board of Directors. 

The BTER Foundation has always had a diverse and dynamic Executive Board, comprised of Champions - men and women dedicated to advancing health care by ensuring that a deeper knowledge of biotherapy as well as medicinal animals themselves be made available to all who can benefit. The Board ensures that the BTER Foundation accomplishes its mission by getting input from the community and then putting together a list of priorities every year. The Board also ensures that the Foundation has the resources - the facilities, personnel, funds, and support - to carry out its mission. Sometimes this is the hardest job of the Board members, but they always come through, because they are a team of dedicated volunteers; they are our Champions.

This month, in addition to expressing my appreciation for all of the Members of the Board of Directors, I want to welcome anyone else who wants to join us on our mission. We are expanding our Executive Board and YOU could be one of our greatest assets. Be a Director, on the Board of Champions, and Help Us Help You.

Best wishes this Holiday Season, and Always,  
R Sherman (signature)
Ron Sherman
Call for Executive Board Members
The Biotherapeutics Education and Research Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is seeking additional Members for its Executive Board of Directors. We are seeking individuals from all walks - health care professionals, academicians, researchers, patients, and those simply interested in biotherapy! The time commitment is four virtual Board meetings per year plus ad hoc committee work as needed (approximately one hour per month). If interested, send a brief letter of interest and a resume or bio sketch to by January 1st, 2016.
Intern Profile: Claudia De Novaes Davidson
Claudia De Novaes Davidson was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She first came to the United States in 1981, and  fell in love with the country. Following that life changing trip, her dream was to return to the U.S. to study and develop a better quality of life for herself.  She received her bachelor's degree from Universidade Federal Fluminense school of  Pharmacy, and worked for eleven years as the manager of Pharmacy Leme pharmacy. Finally, in 2001, she received a n F1 Visa to study at Irvine Valley College in California. Claudia graduated from the Honors Program, and went on to study at Santa Ana College. She received her Masters in Biotechnology at California State University, Fullerton. Claudia's quest for knowledge and skill in the pharmaceutical industry led her to an internship with Gilead Sciences, and ultimately to the BTER Foundation, where she just finished an internship in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Control, honing her abilities at Monarch Labs in Irvine, CA.  We applaud Claudia's hard work and are grateful for her dedication to the BTER Foundation and the advancement of biotherapy.

Read more by visiting Claudia's Autobiography
webpage, here.
 2016 Biotherapy Conferences
  * denotes BTER Foundation Presence
** denotes BTER Foundation Lecture by Dr. Ron Sherman

     February 29-March 1;  2nd Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration  
                Congress Asia ; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
** April 8-9; Eastern Idaho Wound Care Conference; Idaho Falls, ID, USA
               Europe ; London, UK
** August 31-September 1; Wild on Wounds Conference ;
              Las Vegas, NV, USA
  * September 26-28;  SAWC Fall; Las Vegas, NV, USA
     October 3-4;  4th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum 
               USA ;  San Diego, CA, USA 
     October TBD - Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing Conference;
               Location TBD
  Biotherapy Around the World

A horse with Equine Laminitis
Using Medical Leeches to treat Equine Laminitis
Check out this 2-minute video to learn about a horse whose Equine Laminitis, and how it was aided by treating it with hirudotherapy  (using medicinal leeches)!  Laminitis and founder treatment by Master Farrier Coco Fernandez.
Dr. Robert Bartlett, MD, CPE, FAPWHc APWH Physician on the Floor
"Physician on Floor" of US Congress
By creating the "Physician on the Floor," the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing is providing a professional resource to assist legislators in the US Congress to make well-informed decisions for wound care services which benefit both patients and providers.

Publication Credits

THE BeTER LeTTER is published by:
BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation
36 Urey Court, Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-246-1156 / Fax: 949-679-3001
Ronald A. Sherman

Assistant Editor:
Amy Lajiness

Contributing Writers:
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir, Dr. Jose Contreras-Ruiz, Dr. Robert McKie, Dr. Jacques Oskam, Sheri Rosen, Dr. Pascal Steenvoorde, Dr. Tarek Tantawi, Catalina Wang,
Dr. Shou Yu Wang. Your name could be here!

Foundation Consultants:
Eve Iversen, Dr. Alana Jolley, Amy Mendez, Joanne Preston, Dr. Aletha Tippett

Foundation Board
Ronald A Sherman (Chair);  Samuel G Kohn (Treasurer); Donna Beales; Sheri Rosen. Your name could be here, too! 

Past Board Members
Randall Sullivan;  Sharon Mendez, RN, CWS; Pamela Mitchell

Administrative Assistant
Amy Lajiness
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