Monday, July 15, 2019

Saranac Lake, Science, and Space Exploration

Benton Ressler onstage in Chicago prior to coming to Saranac LakeHistoric Saranac Lake is set to host a presentation, “Saranac Lake, Science, and Space Exploration,” by Barry Ressler on Saturday, July 20th, from 7 to 8 pm, in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum.

Ressler will share about his family’s roots in Saranac Lake and his own fascinating career in science, medical technology, alternative energy, artificial intelligence, and space exploration.

Barry Ressler’s uncle was Benton Ressler, an actor and stockbroker who came to Saranac Lake for the fresh air cure in 1938. Benton settled in the village and became active in community life. He was a civic leader for 25 years until his death in 1963. Barry Ressler is visiting Saranac Lake for the first time to connect with the village that meant so much to his uncle. He will share remembrances about his uncle, and he looks forward to hearing any recollections that audience members may have.

Barry Ressler will also speak informally about his own professional career, which reaches into the fields of science, medicine, medical technology, and space exploration.  Ressler is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the International Space Medicine Consortium (ISMC), which works to enhance the knowledge of space medicine and to develop diagnostic and therapeutic protocols for the unmet challenges of humans in space colonization in micro-g and interplanetary travel, helping space crews and space-faring travelers to work and live in extra-terrestrial environments.

Ressler also founded STAR Associates, Inc., a company that provides strategic advisory and project funding services for early stage industrial process and therapeutic/diagnostic technology companies. He is also an investor in Forever Identity, a company that is applying 3-D holograph technology to a wide range of applications. Ressler is the founder of EP Therapeutics, Inc., a bio-pharmaceutical company engaged in the development of a revolutionary new class of therapeutics as safer, alternative treatments for human cancers by eliminating the need for chemotherapy or radiation protocols. EP is now a division of ISMC.

Ressler has founded seven corporations and has been the Chairman, CEO and Board member of NASDAQ and AMEX public companies. He is the inventor of seven patents in the field of viral and bacterial pathogen inactivation of ophthalmic, blood and biologic products. He has been an invited speaker at the parental Drug Association, the FDA, and the United Nations in Geneva for the use of artificial intelligence in medical applications and anti-microbial resistance research.

One of Ressler’s major accomplishments was his participation in the invention of the 0100 ACTA, the world’s first whole-body CT scanner. Ressler developed the high voltage X-ray system that addressed and solved a critical precise imaging requirement at the Georgetown University National Biomedical Research Foundation. The Smithsonian Museum of American History acquired the ACTA Scanner in 1984 as a part of the Museum’s collection of other imaging modalities such as ultrasound and MRI, to document the major advances in body imaging since the discovery of X-rays in 1895.

Light refreshments will be served. The talk is open to the public, free of charge.

The Saranac Laboratory Museum is located at 89 Church St # 2, Saranac Lake. More information is available online.

Photo of Barry Ressler’s uncle, Benton Ressler, onstage in Chicago prior to coming to Saranac Lake for the cure provided.

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