The Focused Ultrasound Foundation was created to improve the lives of millions of people with serious medical disorders by accelerating the development and adoption of focused ultrasound technology. Focused ultrasound is an early-stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology that could transform the treatment of many medical disorders by serving as an alternative to surgery and radiation. Every day without it translates into unnecessary death, disability, and suffering for countless individuals. Unfortunately, the evolution of a new therapeutic medical device from concept to standard of care is an extremely slow process that can take decades. Complicated and inefficient, the process requires the dynamic interaction of an array of organizations with different agendas and timelines. In addition, there are a numerous technology, economic, regulatory and reimbursement obstacles to be overcome. Decades is too long for patients and their families to wait for medical breakthroughs. If we can accelerate the adoption of focused ultrasound, we can save lives. The Focused Ultrasound Foundation is working to provide patients with this non-invasive, life-changing treatment option in the shortest time possible. The Foundation: Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Focused Ultrasound Foundation is a tax-exempt, high-performance, entrepreneurial service organization with a global reach. We are market-driven and results-oriented. The Foundation seeks to leverage its trusted third party position through contributing financial and human resources to foster collaboration, to build knowledge and to streamline the process and overcome barriers. The Foundation is on the leading edge of the venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship movements and has become a model of how donor funding can be used to bridge the gap between laboratory research and widespread patient treatment. Our vision is that focused ultrasound will be used worldwide to improve the quality of life and longevity of millions of patients with serious medical conditions in the shortest time possible. The mission of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation is to accelerate the development of new applications for focused ultrasound and the widespread adoption of the technology as a standard of care.