Children's Tumor Foundation President and Chief Scientific Officer Annette Bakker, PhD, addressed the attendees at the annual NF Conference Welcome Dinner on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Dr. Bakker spoke to the nearly 400 attendees about the importance of disease-focused research, the advantages of team science, and the development of an infrastructure intended to bring biotech and pharmaceutical companies to the NF table. She highlighted CTF's innovative research model, and its tremendous potential for further application to other rare disease, as well as cancer research. The NF Conference is the premier gathering of scientists and clinicians from around the world dedicated to advancing research and care for those living with NF. Learn more about this year's NF Conference here.