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CPRIT Announces 11 New Funding Opportunities

CPRIT Announces 11 New Funding Opportunities

The Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has been active in granting new funding to researchers, academic institutions, and biotech businesses alike since the start of the new year. Now, the organization has just released a new round of RFAs that span a broad spectrum of new funding opportunities for virtually every facet of cancer research, development, and prevention ...

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CPRIT Opens RFA For Individual Investigator Research Awards Targeting Childhood, Adolescent Cancer Researchers

CPRIT Opens RFA For Individual Investigator Research Awards Targeting Childhood, Adolescent Cancer Researchers

While cancer research is no doubt a heavily funded endeavor, the amount of funding, research, and commercial development is heavily weighted toward the treatment of adults with cancer. The lack of viable cancer therapies for pediatric patients is the direct result of a lack of funding, a situation that even led MD Anderson and Texas Medical Center researchers to express ...

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Texas Representative Lois Kolkhorst receives award for work against cancer

Texas Representative Lois Kolkhorst receives award for work against cancer

Rep. Lois Kolkhorst received recognition from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) for her work to advance the fight against cancer in Texas. A member of the Texas House of Representatives, Kolkhorst received the award for her leadership in helping to pass the landmark reforms for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in 2013 and ...

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Professor at Texas Tech University Studies Glycoproteins on a Grant from CPRIT

Professor at Texas Tech University Studies Glycoproteins on a Grant from CPRIT

Yehia Mechref, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Texas Tech University, was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). “My program here at Texas Tech University uses mass technology to look at biomolecules and works to understand how their structure correlates to their function and biological makeup,” said Mechref. The ...

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CPRIT Hires New Chief Product Development Officer

CPRIT Hires New Chief Product Development Officer

As CPRIT continues to ease its way back into the business of granting high-value funding to biotech businesses in search of resources to research and develop new cancer treatments, the organization still appears to be focused on assuring that the review and oversight process for awards in the commercial sphere are properly administrated. As a result, CPRIT has announced the ...

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CPRIT Awards ProPep Surgical $4.4M Product Development Grant

CPRIT Awards ProPep Surgical $4.4M Product Development Grant

Austin-based ProPep Surgical, a privately-held medical device company developing intraoperative nerve monitoring technologies for laparoscopic and robotic-assisted cancer surgery, yesterday announced it was awarded a $4,435,857 product development grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. ProPep will use the grant to conduct additional clinical studies, including two multi-center clinical studies that will analyze how the use of ...

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CPRIT Funds UTMB $3.2 Million In Continuing Effort To Study Cancer Screening Outcomes in Texas

CPRIT Funds UTMB $3.2 Million In Continuing Effort To Study Cancer Screening Outcomes in Texas

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has become increasingly active since the beginning of 2014, having announced numerous cancer research and development awards left over from the wake of the 2013 scandal, as well as several new ones as well, both at research institutions and in the private sector. One of the most recent high-profile CPRIT awards has ...

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Houston-based DNAtrix Awarded $10.8 Million CPRIT Grant To Continue Clinical Trials For Glioblastoma Treatment

Houston-based DNAtrix Awarded $10.8 Million CPRIT Grant To Continue Clinical Trials For Glioblastoma Treatment

Last week, CPRIT announced a wide-ranging set of new cancer-related grants to both research institutions and biotech businesses alike, with funds totaling $86 million. Among the recipients of businesses receiving state funds to continue cancer research and development was Houston-based DNAtrix, Inc., who will use their new grant to further fund their ongoing clinical trials for a promising brain cancer ...

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Health Science Center Programs For Young Researchers Extended in New CPRIT Grants

Health Science Center Programs For Young Researchers Extended in New CPRIT Grants

CPRIT recently made headlines with a major funding announcement, meting out $86 million dollars in new funding to both business and researchers. On the academic and research side of the new grants, most of the top academic research institutions in Texas were part of the funding announcement, which included 17 different grants in total. Among them, CPRIT awarded a sizable ...

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CPRIT Announces 17 New Grants Totaling $86 Million For Cancer Research, Development & Company Relocation

CPRIT Announces 17 New Grants Totaling $86 Million For Cancer Research, Development & Company Relocation

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) on Wednesday made a major funding announcement, stating that the institute issued 17 new cancer research and development-related grants  totaling $86 million in funding. The 17 grants span a broad spectrum of different cancer research and treatment initiatives, both by academic institutions and the private sector. Six of the grants from ...

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Indicted Former CPRIT Chief Commercialization Officer Hires New High-Powered Attorney

Indicted Former CPRIT Chief Commercialization Officer Hires New High-Powered Attorney

There has been a new development in the case of former CPRIT chief commercialization officer Jerald “Jerry” Cobbs, who is currently being prosecuted by the State of Texas in a corruption case associated with the scandal that gripped the Cancer-fighting agency last year. According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, Mr. Cobbs has hired a prominent Houston-based criminal defense lawyer ...

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Texas Tech Dr. Yehia Mecref Receives Major CPRIT Grant For Research Into How Breast Cancer Cells Metastasize To The Brain

Texas Tech Dr. Yehia Mecref Receives Major CPRIT Grant For Research Into How Breast Cancer Cells Metastasize To The Brain

Now two months in 2014, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) continues to ramp up funding activities. Today, CPRIT has announced that a Texas Tech chemist is the latest recipient of major grant money in order to fund his studies into how breast cancer moves into the brain. Dr. Yehia Mechref, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry ...

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CPRIT Announces Three New Grants For Recruiting Top Tenure-Track Cancer Researchers

CPRIT Announces Three New Grants For Recruiting Top Tenure-Track Cancer Researchers

Last Friday, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced three major grants designed to recruit and maintain Texas’ growing community of world-class cancer researchers. The new announcement highlights grant monies totaling $6,00,000 in CPRIT funding, which will be earmarked to recruit and retain three promising, emerging cancer researchers who are pursing their first faculty appointment in Texas. All ...

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CPRIT Announces Final Phase Of New Ethics rule Changes

CPRIT Announces Final Phase Of New Ethics rule Changes

On the heels of recent news that the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently approved $6 million worth of new recruitment grants to draw leading tenure-track cancer researchers to Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson, the organization also recently announced another  new code of conduct and ethics for its members and employees. The new rules, which were approved ...

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Childhood Brain Cancer Research Gets New Hope, Texas Research Institutions Are Awarded $3.2 Million From CPRIT, Carson Leslie Foundation

Childhood Brain Cancer Research Gets New Hope, Texas Research Institutions Are Awarded $3.2 Million From CPRIT, Carson Leslie Foundation

One of the most-read Texas cancer research stories on BioNews Texas in 2013 reported on the outcry from Pediatric cancer researchers in Texas, who decried the lack of funding and attention given to curing childhood diseases, such as Pediatric brain cancer. Thanks to a recently announced grant, however, the effort in Texas to develop new treatments for childhood brain cancers ...

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New CPRIT RFAs For 2014 Reinvigorate A Wide Range of Cancer R&D Initiatives

New CPRIT RFAs For 2014 Reinvigorate A Wide Range of Cancer R&D Initiatives

A breaking story out of Travis County last week of former Chief Commercialization Officer Jerald Cobbs’ indictment brought the CPRIT controversy back into the headlines, almost a year to the day that the Peloton-related scandal broke in the news. However, this year, with the re-launching of the organization and new set of rigorous ethical guidelines for funding, CPRIT remains in the ...

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BREAKING: Former CPRIT Chief Commercialization Officer Indicted Over Peloton Scandal

BREAKING: Former CPRIT Chief Commercialization Officer Indicted Over Peloton Scandal

Just weeks after the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) formally re-launched its cancer research-funding efforts, a shock indictment of one of the former organization’s top executives has once again dredged up the scandal that sidelined state-funded cancer research for almost a year. An indictment was issued today by a grand jury in Travis County that alleges that ...

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Newfound Activity, Excitement at CPRIT, As Organization Announces Hiring Of Chief Compliance Officer

Newfound Activity, Excitement at CPRIT, As Organization Announces Hiring Of Chief Compliance Officer

Now that the CPRIT scandal has passed, the Texas biotech community is likely to see fewer reports on the organization’s relaunch and funding operations. However, for cancer researchers, cancer treatment developers, and healthcare practitioners working toward cancer prevention and awareness, the stir in activity is big news throughout the state of Texas. This week alone, CPRIT has announced a new ...

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CPRIT Awards 10 Cancer Prevention Grants In Blockbuster Funding Initiative

CPRIT Awards 10 Cancer Prevention Grants In Blockbuster Funding Initiative

Last week, BioNews Texas highlighted the announcement of the first release of cancer funding to a Texas-based cancer research institution in nearly a year. The release of funds to Texas A&M researchers as part of the agency’s commitment to rolling the dice on high impact/high risk cancer treatment endeavors, was in fact an act of CPRIT making good on funds ...

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UPDATE: Texas House Speaker Fills Final CPRIT Oversight Committee Vacancy

UPDATE: Texas House Speaker Fills Final CPRIT Oversight Committee Vacancy

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has resumed active funding operations for cancer research in Texas, with news over the past weeks of two new appointees to the organization’s new Oversight Committee, as well as recent grant announcements going to Texas A&M dance researchers — the first in almost a year since the onset of the scandal ...

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CPRIT Publishes 112-Page Document On New, Proposed Rule Changes

CPRIT Publishes 112-Page Document On New, Proposed Rule Changes

Yesterday’s seemingly brief e-mail blast from CPRIT announced the publication of an extensive, new document on the Institute’s website, outlining both new and proposed rule changes for how CPRIT conducts business. The new rules, which have been officially published in the Texas Register, can be accessed here:  Proposed Changes to Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Chapters 701, 702, 703, and ...

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BREAKING: Texas A&M First To Announce New CPRIT Grants

BREAKING: Texas A&M First To Announce New CPRIT Grants

Last week, CPRIT made headlines by officially announcing that the moratorium on cancer research funding in Texas had been lifted, and that new grant approvals would begin in earnest. Yesterday, Texas A&M became the first major research institution in Texas to announce that it has secured CPRIT funding for a new round of cancer-related research initiatives. The news is being ...

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CPRIT Taps Wayne Roberts To Transition From Interim To Official Executive Position

CPRIT Taps Wayne Roberts To Transition From Interim To Official Executive Position

Last Friday, the newly-appointed CPRIT governing board indicated publicly that they would only accept internal applications for the permanent executive role for the institution, and that current interim President Wayne Roberts will be their pick for the job. As per the new SB149 CPRIT reform bill, the new governing board is tasked with appointing a permanent president by December 1st. ...

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BREAKING: Perry, Dewhurst, Straus Lift Moratorium On CPRIT Grants

BREAKING: Perry, Dewhurst, Straus Lift Moratorium On CPRIT Grants

After a funding freeze on cancer-related research projects that has lasted for more than ten months, the moratorium on the CPRIT grant award process has finally been lifted. The news came by way of an official letter yesterday, signed by Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus. You can download and view the official letter ...

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