NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Square Roots, a life sciences company focused on pregnancy and the healthy formation of life, today announced their inaugural Advisors. The announcement follows the June 22, 2015 passing of the first-ever maternal health resolution, “Combatting Maternal and Infant Mortality in the 21st Century,” that was adopted during the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The Advisors will serve the mission of Square Roots with deep and varied experience and skills.
“We welcome this distinguished group of experts to the Square Roots organization,” said Morad Fareed, Founder and CEO of Square Roots. “In looking at this most important sector from a macro perspective, we realized our most vital initial function was to unify and integrate the various disciplines influencing maternal and infant health. This systems thinking approach is reflected in our Advisors’ leadership in science, medicine, policy and innovation. We’re delighted they are on board and look forward to getting to work.”
Members of the Square Roots Advisory Board include:
- The Honorable Richard “Dick” Gephardt, Founding Partner and Chairman of Advisory Board, Square Roots; Former United States Congressman and House of Representatives Majority Leader
- Senator Thomas “Tom” Daschle, Founder and Chairman, The Daschle Group, A Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson; Former United States Senator and Senate Majority Leader, United States Senate
- Dr. Fareed Nabiel Fareed, Emergency Department Director, HealthAlliance Hospital Broadway Campus
- Dr. Terrie Inder, Chair of the Department of Pediatric and Newborn Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso, Prenatal and Reproductive Psychiatrist, Allina Health/Children’s Health Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota
- Dr. Nicholas LaRusso, Charles H. Weinman Endowed Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
- Margo Oge, Environmental expert and author (previously Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Dr. Ravikiran “Ravi” Raju, Pediatric Resident, Urban Health and Advocacy Track, Children's Hospital of Boston/Boston Medical Center
- Steven Thompson, Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
The United States currently ranks only 33rd out of 176 countries as the best place to be a mother, and 56th in the world out of 224 countries in infant mortality [Save the Children World Report 2015, CIA Factbook]. Additionally, in the U.S. women face a 1 in 1,800 risk of maternal death, the worst performance of any developed country in the world and the only developed nation with a rising maternal mortality rate [Save the Children 2015, The Lancet].. A woman in the U.S. is more than 10 times as likely as a woman in Austria, Belarus or Poland to eventually die from a pregnancy-related cause. [Save the Children 2015]
About Square Roots
Square Roots is a life sciences company focused on integrating new technology and scientific findings to examine and improve the state of maternal and infant care. The Square Roots framework implements solutions by connecting the dots of existing medical research and care with human needs to create a measurable impact on health at life’s most critical stages, birth and infancy. To learn more about Square Roots, please visit www.squareroots.com.
About Morad Fareed
Prior to launching Square Roots, Founder & Managing Partner Morad Fareed co-founded Delos Living, where he helped to pioneer the WELL Building Standard™ and Wellness Real Estate™. He is the Founding Partner of the Clinton Foundation’s 20/30 Initiative™ and a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Business Council. He serves as an Advisory Board Member to several organizations, including the Smithsonian’s Science Education Center, the Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute, and will.i.am’s the i.am.angel Foundation. He is a native of New York and lives in Manhattan.