FasterCures LeadersLink Program

FasterCures LeadersLink Program

What is the FasterCures LeadersLink Program?

In January 2020, the Milken Institute is launching the FasterCures LeadersLink Program, which is a capacity-building program to support the personal development of an emerging cadre of leaders of nonprofit organizations that fund or conduct biomedical research. The program aims to help promising nonprofit research leaders from around the world build high-performing organizations and facilitate the growth of their peer support network. Participants will set and address goals tailored specifically to their organizational and individual professional priorities. Through the course of the two-year program, participants will develop knowledge and connections that can aid them in bringing about positive changes within their organizations and throughout the biomedical ecosystem. 


What are the Components of the Program?

The FasterCures LeadersLink Program will focus on building the participant’s professional networks and addressing their top priorities through a capstone project, a series of in-person opportunities, virtual collaboration, and mentorship. Major program components will include:

Capstone project

Each LeaderLink participant will propose a specific personal opportunity for growth and focus as part of the program. Each cohort of participants will have a thematic focus for their projects; the theme for the 2020-21 cohort will be “venture philanthropy investing.”  

Mentor matching

LeadersLink participants will be matched with an individual mentor as well as have access to a pool of expert practitioners with whom they may consult for their capstone projects.  Individual mentors will meet with their mentees at least quarterly to provide support and guidance over the course of the program. They will be recruited from among FasterCures advisory board, business council, and nonprofit council.  

FasterCures Leadership Summit

An annual event held in Washington, DC that will connect participants with key policy, research, business, academic, and philanthropic leaders in FasterCures’ network.  This event will enable relationship-building among a cross-sector community of biomedical innovators, with nonprofit leaders and the interests of patients at the center. The topical focus of the workshop will align to issues related to participant priority areas and include presentations, discussion, and networking elements.

Networking at Milken Institute events


Who Can Participate in the Program?

The FasterCures LeadersLink program is primarily geared towards applicants that are first-time chief executives of non-profit organizations that fund or conduct medical research who are still relatively new to their role. 


Why participate?

Program Participants Will Benefit by:

  • Completing an individualized capstone project that addresses their critical needs as an executive leader

  • Receiving access to peers at other nonprofit research organizations, to one-on-one mentorship, and to a broad network of professionals across the entire biomedical ecosystem including pharmaceutical developers, policymakers, regulators, payers, patient organizations, non-profit organizations, providers, and researchers

  • Gaining access to Milken Institute events which attract the nation’s top thought leaders and address the most critical issues facing our world.


How to Apply?

FasterCures will be actively recruiting new LeadersLink participants and mentor candidates through its network. Applicants will be able to apply directly on the LeadersLink website in early 2020. If you are interested in receiving future announcements about the program, please email your contact information to


For more information:

Please contact Raymond Puerini at or Kristin Schneeman at for more information on the FasterCures LeadersLink Program.