Become a Victor
The traditional model of drug development spends at least 10 years and $1 billion to bring a successful drug to the market. The time drag contributes to the high cost of drugs that are developed in the U.S, as well as the inability of many researchers to get their work out of the lab to the people who need it.
The Vaccine & Immunization Center is turns that model on its head, propelling medical advancements and cures across many causes. VIC’s goal is to identify promising research projects and move them swiftly and efficiently through a three-year development process, bringing science out of the lab and to the public far in advance of traditional models.
“The world has changed,” says Wendy Drinkwater, who has spearheaded the Victor’s program of young volunteers for the center. “We have access to so much instantaneously, why not advance and escalate something as critical as medicine, and ultimately, cures? We thought this young generation, in particular, would not accept a 10-year lag from bench to bedside and they would be able to leverage VIC, raise funds and increase awareness through schools, colleges and social media around the world. We are currently looking for additional Victor Board members to help advance this game-changing cause.”
“When I talk to my peers about VIC, they understand the importance of creating effective vaccines and immunotherapies,” says Alexander Ingram, who joined the VICTORS youth board three years ago. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there about vaccines. Now, more than ever, the work VIC is doing is important.”
For the past two years, Ingram and other members of the VICTORS youth board hosted a polo match at Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, Massachusetts. The event has been enormously successful with all proceeds going to VIC.
“I became involved in the VICTORS youth board because I was interested in lending the skills I had built in my day job to a great cause,” he says. “We started out the usual way – hosting cocktail parties and other small events – but have since built up the Victors network through unique marquee events like the polo match that have dramatically increased the organization’s presence.”
“We’ve raised $20,000 over the past two years, but more importantly we’ve raised awareness around the importance of the work VIC is doing.”
Volunteer to help with our annual VIC at Myopia Polo Event, give an informational presentation, organize a fundraiser, serve on our Young Professionals board of directors.
Contact Wendy Drinkwater at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you would like to help.