Scripps Cancer Center Meets Grant Challenge
The Scripps Cancer Centerwhich unites the efforts of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the Scripps Health and Scripps Clinic systemhas announced its Planning and Development Council has met a $150,000 grant challenge from the Donald C. and Elizabeth Dickinson Foundation by raising an additional $150,000.
The $300,000 total is targeted for the establishment of a research program to facilitate the development of new cancer drugs from their beginnings in the laboratory to their final approval for use by cancer patients.
"This is a critical part of the effort to maximize interactions between bench research at TSRI and potential applications to patients with cancer," says Chair of the Scripps Cancer Center Board of Governors Ernest Beutler, who is also chair of TSRI's Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine.
The center's director, Alan Saven, who is head of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and chief of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Service at Scripps Clinic, adds: "The emphasis of The Scripps Cancer Center is to promote bench-to-bedside research, harnessing the basic research accomplishments of TSRI and the excellence in Scripps clinical cancer care. These funds make this possible."
A total of more than $5 million has been committed to the cancer center by donors.
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