Launched in June of 2002, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a non-profit organization dedicated to unraveling the genetic components of common and complex diseases in an effort to develop earlier diagnoses and smarter treatments for patients suffering from serious diseases. Michael Bassoff, President of the TGen Foundation, whose sole purpose is dedicated to supporting TGen’s research, has played a role in TGen’s growth from its beginning. He was instrumental in raising the initial $90 million to establish TGen in Arizona. His success centers around building and fostering relationships and collaborations. Nationally known in the field of health science and development, Mr. Bassoff co-authored the book RelationShift: Revolutionary Fundraising with best selling author Steve Chandler. The book addresses the 20 myths of fundraising. Mr. Bassoff began his career at the University of Arizona, being the very first fundraising person hired at U of A’s Health Sciences Center. He established a highly successful and comprehensive development program during his sixteen years of service to U of A. Mr. Bassoff returned to his home state of New Jersey to serve as President of the Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) where he was responsible for raising and managing private funds for New Jersey’s entire system of medical and dental schools. In 2002, Mr. Bassoff returned to Arizona to create TGen’s nationally based charitable foundation to support the work of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and its programs.