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February 2016                                                                    Volume 12 Issue 2
  Director's Letter
The BTER Foundation, in a Joint Venture with Monarch Labs, has been researching leech therapy for the past 4 years. We are preparing to embark on a clinical trial, while Monarch Labs continues to experiment with leech sterilization techniques. To help raise additional funds for our clinical trial, we are making publicly available some of our excess supplies and materials, including leech salt, jars, applicators, etc. Visit our products page (and tell your friends) to see what we offer. You would be hard pressed to find better quality or less expensive hirudotherapy supplies  in the U.S.

Our clinical volunteer force is expanding! Check out the BTER Foundation's recently updated and expanded Therapist Referral pages, which can help connect you with biotherapy suppliers and therapists across the globe.  Listings are still free, so if you are a therapist or supplier, contact us with your details and we will help patients find your services. And if you are willing to take on a student now and then . . . we always have a group of interns looking to gain experience in biotherapy research or patient care. 
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Ron Sherman
Be a Mentor for BTER Internship Program!
This year we will be expanding our highly successful Internship training program. We have successfully placed interns into positions of biotech research, regulatory compliance, administration, communication, and videography. However, we are in need of more clinical mentors. If you would be willing to allow a trainee to spend a day, a week, or a month in your facility, please contact us at
  2016 Biotherapy Conferences
 * denotes BTER Foundation Presence
** denotes BTER Foundation Lecture by Dr. Ron Sherman

      February 19-22;  Nelson Apitherapy Conference ;  Nelson, British Colombia,                  Canada
     February 29-March 1;  2nd Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration  
                Congress Asia ; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
** April 8-9;  Eastern Idaho Wound Care Conference; Idaho Falls, ID, USA
               Europe ; London, UK
** August 31-September 1;  Wild on Wounds Conference ;
              Las Vegas, NV, USA
  * September 26-28;  SAWC Fall; Las Vegas, NV, USA
     October 3-4;  4th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum 
               USA ;  San Diego, CA, USA 
              Atlanta, GA, USA
Biotherapy Around the World
Medical Maggot Therapy
Curious about how medicinal maggots help heal wounds?  Check out this person's video diary video diary of her wound care.

Eastern Idaho Wound Care Conference: April 8 & 9, 2016
Learn from several wound care Professionals, including Dr. Ron Sherman, about topics including Ostomy Basics, Biological (maggot) Debridement, and Negative Pressure Wound Therapy.
Looking for Leech Supplies?
Are you looking for leech supplies?  The BTER Foundation has been working closely with Monarch Labs to advance leech therapy, and we are now selling off excess supplies.   You can find them on our Products Page  here.

Share Your Story!
How has biotherapy changed your life?
Whether you are a patient, therapist, researcher, or just love biotherapy, we want to hear your story!  Your story may be featured in an upcoming newsletter.  Send submissions to
Publication Credits

THE BeTER LeTTER is published by:
BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation
36 Urey Court, Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-246-1156 / Fax: 949-679-3001
Ronald A. Sherman

Assistant Editor:
Amy Lajiness

Contributing Writers:
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir, Dr. Jose Contreras-Ruiz, Dr. Robert McKie, Dr. Jacques Oskam, Sheri Rosen, Dr. Pascal Steenvoorde, Dr. Tarek Tantawi, Catalina Wang,
Dr. Shou Yu Wang. Your name could be here!

Foundation Consultants:
Eve Iversen, Dr. Alana Jolley, Amy Mendez, Joanne Preston, Dr. Aletha Tippett

Foundation Board
Ronald A Sherman (Chair);  Samuel G Kohn (Treasurer); Donna Beales; Sheri Rosen. Your name could be here, too! 

Past Board Members
Randall Sullivan;  Sharon Mendez, RN, CWS; Pamela Mitchell

Administrative Assistant
Amy Lajiness
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