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Mission:  The SOPE Foundation’s mission is to support SOPE’s educational programs and events.


The SOPE Foundation solicits grants and other contributions to support SOPE’s educational programs and events, providing critical funding for efforts such as the SOPE Innovation Scholarship Program, SOPE national and international professional meetings and the Blakely Visiting Lectureship Series.  Founded in 2011 by Jim Blakely and Drs. Arlen Meyers, Jeff Hausfeld and Steve Levine,  the foundation is critical to the planning and implementation of SOPE’s regional, national and international activities.

In the interest of Getting Ideas to Patients, the SOPE Foundation focuses on empowering physician innovators with vehicles to imagine greater, resolve medical challenges faster and embrace the international dialogue sooner. From sponsoring scholarship recipients to organizing an international symposium on global biomedical and healthcare innovation to providing experiential learning in bioentrepreneurship, the foundation provides financial and strategic support for physicians and other medical professionals to improve the delivery of healthcare for people around the world.

SOPE Innovation Scholarship Program

In an effort to provide physicians with a hands-on bio-entrepreneurship experience, SOPE launched the Innovation Scholar Program.  SOPE works with leading biomed companies interested in offering practical work experience programs for physicians.  

Blakely Visiting Lectureship Series

To honor SOPE co-creator, James Brian Blakely whose passion was to support physicians, the Blakely Visiting Lectureship Series was created to fund diverse educational events featuring a collection of world-renowned speakers.  


Individuals and non-profits can make a difference by giving to the tax-exempt SOPE Foundation. The foundation accepts grants and contributions of any amount and has several contributor recognition programs for various levels of support.  The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs Foundation is organized as a section 501(c)(3) charity.  Its tax exemption application is currently pending with the IRS, and upon approval by the IRS, donations to the foundation will be retroactively tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

SOPE Foundation Board of Directors

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

Caroline Blakely



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