The Texas government is moving quickly to reinstate CPRIT, with the Cancer funding agency getting permission to fast-track 25 key grants, all while new reform legislature is set to take effect.
Just a day after CPRIT interim Director Wayne Roberts requested that Governor Rick Perry and the Texas government consider an end to the embattled cancer research grant organization’s funding freeze, news has surfaced that CPRIT will indeed see an end to their moratorium, with 25 new Texas-based cancer research grants to be fast-tracked for approval.
Officially, March 4th marked the end of the CPRIT moratorium.
According to Bizjournals:
The agency’s interim director, Wayne Roberts, wrote to Gov. Rick Perry that he will complete 25 of the 160 grants CPRIT put on hold in December, the Houston Chronicle reports. The grants will be used to recruit researchers outside of Texas.
Just last week, the state’s $3 billion cancer agency said it would move forward with contract negotiations for $183 million in approved grants but did not plan to break the moratorium.
The news comes as a relief for many cancer research organizations and initiatives throughout Texas, who have seen their operations come to a halt as a result of the funding freeze. The end of the moratorium will mean that business will slowly begin to return to normal for the segments of the Texas biotech community that has come to rely on CPRIT’s support in order to further their research.
In related news, the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services unanimously approved a bill introduced by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound to reform CPRIT, paving the way for new reforms and regulations that CPRIT will need to follow in order to ensure transparency in the grant and funding processes.