Kathy Giusti, of New Canaan, was honored at the White House on June 20 as a Champion of Change.
Champions of Change are chosen for promoting and using open scientific data and publications to accelerate progress and improve the world.
Giusti is the founder and CEO of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, as well as a multiple myeloma patient. Under Giusti's leadership, the MMRF, working in close partnership with academic and industry partners, has made progress against multiple myeloma.
In 2011, Giusti was named to the Time 100 List of the world's most influential people and has received numerous awards and honors for her work, among them the Harvard Business School Leadership Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Vermont.
The White House Champions of Change program was created as part of President Barack Obama's Winning the Future initiative. Through this program, the White House highlights individuals, businesses, and organizations whose extraordinary stories and accomplishments positively impact communities.