CTI BioPharma and Fred Hutch announce international research fellowship to support blood-cancer research
Seattle-based CTI BioPharma Corp. and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center today announced the establishment of a new $1.5 million research endowment fund – The CTI BioPharma International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – intended to foster international collaboration in translational research andsupport advancements in the fields of hematology and immunobiology.
The CTI BioPharma fellowship and endowment fund was established in memory of Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, a pioneering Fred Hutch clinical researcher and Nobel laureate who pioneered bone-marrow transplantation to treat leukemias and other blood cancers.
“Establishing this endowed international visiting fellowship to Fred Hutch stems from our commitment to translate scientific discoveries into innovative therapies that cure patients with blood-related cancers,” said Dr. James A. Bianco, co-founder, president and CEO of CTI BioPharma who himself was a research fellow at Fred Hutch, working alongside Thomas in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. “After all, changing the future of cancer medicine starts with the support of today’s innovative ideas,” he said.
This fellowship and endowment will provide seed funding to support the research efforts of promising, young physician-researchers from around the world. Fred Hutch will receive endowment funding over three years to identify and select proposed research projects from medical researchers currently working at international institutions based outside of the U.S. Both CTI BioPharma and other institutions or organizations can donate additional funding to the endowment at any time, per the approval of Fred Hutch.
“Endowment funding is essential to keeping our research and clinical programs moving forward in order to find new cures and save lives,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch. “Support, such as through the establishment of this CTI BioPharma fellowship and endowment fund, allows doctors and scientists to develop and manage their programs and to take advantage of emerging opportunities. Without the support from companies such as CTI BioPharma, many potential lifesaving medicines would not make it from the research bench to patients.”
For more information about the endowment or to apply or to review the selection criteria, please visit www.fredhutch.org/CTIfellowship.