Announcing Richard Sass, Hope Gala Honoree


The JDRF Oregon SW Washington Chapter is proud to honor Richard Sass at the 20th Anniversary Hope Gala on May 2, 2015. Dick was one of the original honorees at Roses for Parents, the predecessor of today’s Hope Gala, and we are thrilled to have his continued support.

Using his entrepreneurial skills, Dick has been instrumental in bringing about innovative technologies that promote and improve quality of life for people living with type one diabetes and humankind at large. Over the past fifty years he has successfully founded, directed, and exited companies within the medical technology arena and has supported the international community as a life science technology innovator.

Dick founded Contact Wellness (CW) Foundation as part of his personal contribution to healthcare reform. CW represents his desire to move beyond the delivery of innovative medical products to the creation of motivational tools and processes leading to positive changes in attitudes, beliefs and behavior of people living with diabetes and other chronic disease. His service to healthcare reform is represented by First 1000 Days, a community-based intervention to encourage pregnant women to tightly manage and control metabolic function.   He serves as its chief strategist and Chairman of the Board.

Go to: to understand more about First 1000 Days.   Click on “Building a better baby” an animated white board video that says it all.

In 1995, Dick founded iSense Corporation, an enterprise focused on the development of a continuous glucose monitor for people with diabetes. The company was sold to Bayer Healthcare in 2008.   In November 2013 he reacquired the CGM technology from Bayer HealthCare and is preparing for Pivotal Trials for submission to the FDA for pre-market approval.

Dick founded Precision Interconnect (“PI”) in 1972. PI became a leader in medical ultrasound cable technology under his guidance. Over the course of 25 years, Dick grew the company to over 500 employees at the time of the company’s sale to AMP, Inc, a Fortune 500 company, in 1991.

Dick holds a BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, London. He has three children and four grandchildren.

Thank you Dick, for your commitment to those living with type one, JDRF, and the Hope Gala. Your support gets us one step closer to turning type one into type none.

You can purchase tickets, donate, and learn more about the Hope Gala here.