The Foundation

Supporting SoPE education and philanthropy

The SoPE Foundation solicits grants and other contributions to support SOPE’s educational and philanthropic programs, including providing critical funding for the SoPE Innovation Scholarship Program, SoPE national and international professional meetings, and the Blakely Visiting Lectureship Series (in honor of Jim Blakely). 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 driving innovation in healthcare, the SoPE Foundation focuses on empowering healthcare innovators with vehicles to imagine greater, resolve medical challenges faster and embrace the international dialogue sooner. The foundation provides financial and strategic support for physicians and other professionals to improve healthcare for people around the world.


chairman & co-founder


director & co-founder

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 biomedical companies interested in offering practical work experience programs for physicians.

Blakely Visiting Lectureship Series

To honor SoPE co-founder, 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 and has been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. Donations to the foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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president & co-founder

“Our mission is to help our members get their ideas to patients, and we do that by providing education, resources and networks…what we do is connect dots, so our members can create things.”

Dr. Meyers is a retired professor of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus and President and CEO of SoPE. He has founded several medical device companies and is also the cofounder of a medical tourism company. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism — nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. Dr. Meyers is a Fulbright Scholar and a former Harvard-Macy Fellow. A devoted and prolific member of the SoPE community, Dr. Meyers also leads the Colorado Chapter of SoPE.


chairman & co-founder

“The Society of Physician Entrepreneurs stands at the crossroads of innovation and commercialization in healthcare and the life sciences.”

With over two decades of active practice in otolaryngology and a list of successful healthcare and real estate ventures, Dr. Hausfeld is a consummate physician entrepreneur. His diverse expertise spans both medicine and business, allowing practical insights into bioentrepreneurship and innovation attainable only through years of experience. In addition to leading the National Capital Chapter of SoPE, he is tasked with being the SoPE Global Chapter Coordinator, establishing the guidelines and framework to set up new SoPE Chapters throughout the world. Dr. Hausfeld’s commitment to SoPE derives from his dedication to improving healthcare delivery and his belief in the platform’s ability to connect similar forward-thinking individuals.


director & co-founder

“SoPE is really a misnomer – it’s a Society of Patient-Centered Entrepreneurs that includes physicians, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, researchers, engineers, lawyers, accountants, investors, etc.”

A practicing physician specializing in otolaryngology and allergy, Dr. Levine has a Connecticut private practice for more than twenty-five years and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University. In addition to pursuing business interests in the delivery of auditory healthcare diagnostic products, Dr. Levine has a special interest in the booming market of healthcare information technology and possesses expertise developing HIPAA-compliant tools and software. Dr. Levine also leads the Tristate New York Chapter of SoPE with focus on its integration into the New York bio-entrepreneurship community.