Ellen V. Sigal, Ph.D., is Chairperson and Founder of Friends of Cancer Research (Friends), a cancer research think tank and advocacy organization based in the Washington, DC. Friends is a leader in developing partnerships and advocating for policies that will get treatments and therapies to patients in the safest and quickest way possible. Friends works with federal health agencies, Congressional leadership, academic research centers and private sector industry producing real results. Dr. Sigal is Vice Chair of the inaugural board of directors of the Reagan‐Udall Foundation, a partnership designed to modernize medical product development, accelerate innovation, and enhance product safety in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She serves on the Board of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health where she chairs its Public‐Private Partnerships Committee. In 2010, Dr. Sigal was appointed to a six year term on the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as a representative of patients and health consumers. She also holds leadership positions with a broad range of cancer advocacy, public policy organizations, and academic health centers including: the American Association for Cancer Research Foundation Board; Research!America Board; M. D. Anderson Cancer Center External Advisory Board; and the Duke University Cancer Center Board of Overseers; and The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Advisory Council.