Medical Research Non-Profits

How Non-Profits Are Changing the Medical Research Landscape

The role of non-profit foundations in the area of medical research is becoming increasingly more significant. Flexible, independent, driven by patients’ needs, funded by individual donors, and operating with a fully functional research pipeline, the non-profit medical foundation presents an entirely unique experience when compared to the traditional model of medical research and development.


While still only representing a small fraction of total funding (approx. $3.3 billion according to the US Foundations Key Facts report), this private sector support is proving indispensable for the translation of research results into effective treatments.


Independent of an institutional agenda, non-profit research organizations enjoy greater flexibility, can transition the course of their research to ensure greatest relevance, and are positioned to react more readily to patient input. With an emphasis on accelerating treatments and cures for a specific area of interest, charitable funding organizations help to deliver innovations that are directly related to patients’ needs.


Central to the success of a non-profit foundation is their donor base. Donors to non-profit research organizations often have a higher stake in the outcomes, usually through personal experience or family association, and have greater empathy for the real lives being affected by their financial participation. They understand and are more tolerant with the risks because they know any benefit will be highly relevant and more immediately accessible.


According to a recent publication by scholars Annette Bakker and Salvatore La Rosa, non-profits that have a multidisciplinary team inclusive of basic science, translational research, and clinical studies, experience increased efficiency in their research pipeline, resulting in faster development of accessible and useful treatments. This technology transfer from lab bench to patient bedside delivers the ultimate prize – improved diagnosis and treatment with real-time results.


It is the privilege of the Board of Directors and staff at Napa Medical Research Foundation to support the leading-edge research of Marko Bodor, MD and his team of researchers. With the support of donors from around the Napa Valley and Greater Bay Area, they have developed a highly functional research pipeline and are actively developing new treatments and techniques to address the needs of patients in our community.


With our state-of-the-art laboratory, we are making important discoveries about the therapeutic action of key biologic treatments on a cellular level. By doing so, we can increase the effectiveness of these treatments by managing concentration levels and removing cells that do not serve to promote the healing process. With continued refinement in the use and application of 3-dimensional imaging, Dr. Bodor is refining the delivery of these treatments to ensure minimal invasion or discomfort while providing maximum benefit.


Thanks to our close relationship with Bodor Clinic, these treatments can be administered through clinical studies where patient outcomes are closely monitored and tracked. When complete, the researchers write up their findings for publication in leading medical and scientific journals. By sharing their discoveries and insights with the broad medical community, we are able to broaden the acceptance of novel treatments for the benefit of patients worldwide.


Napa Medical Research Foundation understands our support of this research to be an investment in the future of regenerative medicine and the improved delivery of healthcare for those in our community. While comprising a very small percentage of the multi-billion dollar global regenerative medicine market, these contributions are making a difference in the lives of adults and children today, and we aspire to continue our work in the years to come.


Non-Profits Are Changing the Medical Research Landscape

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All the research conducted through the Napa Medical Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is fully funded through generous donations received from individuals and family foundations.

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