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Pulmotect Concludes Phase I Trial for Respiratory Infections Therapy

Pulmotect Concludes Phase I Trial for Respiratory Infections Therapy

Houston-based clinical stage biotech company, Pulmotect, has announced that they have successfully completed a phase I clinical trial for PUL-042, their experimental drug for the prevention and treatment of respiratory infections. The completion of the trial also means that the company will now receive the last $3.5 million dollar tranche of funding granted by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), and is now ...

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CPRIT Awards UT Southwestern 19 Prevention, Research & Recruitment Grants Worth $26 million

CPRIT Awards UT Southwestern 19 Prevention, Research & Recruitment Grants Worth $26 million

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently awarded the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center faculty with 19 grants to support cancer screenings, investigate the effectiveness and viability for cancer therapies and radiation treatments, conduct research into cancer biology, and support future recruitment, for a total of $26 million. Almost half of the funds, $10.1 million, were in the form ...

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CPRIT Grants $7.6 Million Award to Develop Curtana Pharmaceuticals’ Gliobastoma Treatment

CPRIT Grants $7.6 Million Award to Develop Curtana Pharmaceuticals’ Gliobastoma Treatment

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently awarded the privately-held, preclinical stage pharmaceutical company Curtana Pharmaceuticals a $7.6 million product development grant for the production of the first targeted small molecule therapeutics for glioblastoma (GBM) and other brain cancers. A part of a major, new funding program from CPRIT, the award will allow the company to develop its lead cancer therapy program, which ...

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CPRIT Grants $107M to Cancer Research, Prevention and Product Development Projects in Texas

CPRIT Grants $107M to Cancer Research, Prevention and Product Development Projects in Texas

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently granted 101 awards totaling upwards of $107 million in funding to support cancer-related projects. Two grants were earmarked for product development programs, 15 grants to prevention programs, and 84 grants to research programs. After reviewing 600 grant applications, CPRIT announced the winners from institutions and organizations across the state. “CPRIT funds provide ...

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New CLF/CPRIT Cancer Research Project For Pediatric Cancers Funding Awarded

New CLF/CPRIT Cancer Research Project For Pediatric Cancers Funding Awarded

According to the Texas-based non-profit organization the Carson Leslie Foundation, each year around 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S., and one in every 285 Americans develops cancer before the age of twenty. The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 2014 Facts & Figures Report estimates that 10,450 new cases and 1,350 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children ...

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CPRIT Executive Team Presents Cancer-Fighting Priorities and Future Goals

CPRIT Executive Team Presents Cancer-Fighting Priorities and Future Goals

Executives from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) announced the institute’s plans, progress, and future goals midway through its first year as a reformed organization at an in-depth informational event held at the Houston Technology Center (HTC) on July 10th, 2014. CPRIT has committed $300 million in funding resources for this year and believes that the cure for cancer is ...

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CPRIT Inaugural Pediatric Cancer Research Award Application Deadline is June 26th

CPRIT Inaugural Pediatric Cancer Research Award Application Deadline is June 26th

Leaders of the Carson Leslie Foundation are reminding the Texas cancer research community that the closing application date for the Individual Investigator Research Awards for Cancer in Children and Adolescents is Thursday, June 26th. The awards for these particular CPRIT grants will provide researchers with $500,000 in funding for a period of up to four years, and will be granted to Texas-based not-for-profit ...

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New CRPIT Grants Keep UT Southwestern Among Top-Flight Texas Cancer Research Institutions

New CRPIT Grants Keep UT Southwestern Among Top-Flight Texas Cancer Research Institutions

UT Southwestern has been granted $11 million in new cancer research funding by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to recruit top cancer scientists and clinicians into the state and advance the institution’s leading cancer research. According to a UT Southwestern news release, the institution received state-funded support for five different cancer research and hiring initiatives after ...

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Cancer Researcher Yun Huang To Join Texas A&M’s New Institute of Biosciences & Technology, Thanks to CPRIT Grant

Cancer Researcher Yun Huang To Join Texas A&M’s New Institute of Biosciences & Technology, Thanks to CPRIT Grant

Cancer researcher Yun Huang will join the newly created Center for Epigenetics and Disease Prevention at the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Institute of Biosciences & Technology (IBT)  in Houston. Dr. Huang’s new post, which will begin on July 1st, is the result of a recruitment effort supported by a $1.8 million grant from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, ...

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CPRIT Awards 16 Grants Totaling Nearly $83 Million

CPRIT Awards 16 Grants Totaling Nearly $83 Million

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently gave recognition and much-needed support to two product development projects, plus fourteen more projects in the field of research. CPRIT awarded over $44.9 million worth of grants under its product development program. This effort has funded countless studies and advancements aimed at developing improved diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitative options for ...

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Texas State Senator Jane Nelson Honored For CPRIT Reform Efforts

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson Honored For CPRIT Reform Efforts

Back in April of this year, BioNews Texas reported on how Texas State Representative 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 — particularly with respect to her efforts to reform the once-embattled Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in the wake of a ...

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Texas A&M IBT’s Cheryl Walker Joins CPRIT’s University Advisory Committee

Texas A&M IBT’s Cheryl Walker Joins CPRIT’s University Advisory Committee

The director of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT) has been nominated to chair CPRIT’s University Advisory Committee (UAC). Dr. Cheryl Lyn Walker will now be part of the eight-member committee, which was established as part of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to advise on higher education in cancer research ...

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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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