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Case
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Reference no. 518-C10A
Subject category: Entrepreneurship
Published by: Babson College
Originally published in: 2010
Version: 11 June 2010
Length: 15 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

The Accelerated Cure Project is a non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate progress toward developing a cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It was started by Art Mellor, a successful technology entrepreneur, who was diagnosed with MS in 2000 at the age of 37. The case takes the reader through the initial stages of developing and growing the business, and through Art''s exit when a new CEO is hired. The main activities of the business centered on the creation of a tissue repository: a central hub for providing researchers with research samples and aggregating research results from multiple diverse sources. Class discussions can center on Art''s transition from running for-profit technology startups to starting a nonprofit, Accelerated Cure''s business model, and the financial and human resource challenges they faced.
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Abstract

The Accelerated Cure Project is a non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate progress toward developing a cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It was started by Art Mellor, a successful technology entrepreneur, who was diagnosed with MS in 2000 at the age of 37. The case takes the reader through the initial stages of developing and growing the business, and through Art''s exit when a new CEO is hired. The main activities of the business centered on the creation of a tissue repository: a central hub for providing researchers with research samples and aggregating research results from multiple diverse sources. Class discussions can center on Art''s transition from running for-profit technology startups to starting a nonprofit, Accelerated Cure''s business model, and the financial and human resource challenges they faced.

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