Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., is the former president and chief executive officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Under his leadership, the CF Foundation achieved unprecedented gains in research, treatment and care, and as a result, people with CF are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. Dr. Beall pioneered the venture philanthropy model, raising and investing hundreds of millions of dollars to help develop nearly every CF drug available today. He also created the Foundation’s long-standing Research Development Program and the Therapeutics Development Program. His leadership transformed cystic fibrosis and because of his efforts, today the CF Foundation is respected by people around the world. Dr. Beall is currently enjoying his retirement in Maryland, spending time quality time with his loved ones.