OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Director Brian J. Druker, M.D., has been awarded the 2018 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science for his pioneering role in shaping the fields of precision medicine and targeted cancer drugs. The award recognizes “original biopharmaceutical or biomedical research that has led to significant advances towards preventing, diagnosing and/or treating major human diseases to improve human health.”
Druker shares the award with Tony Hunter Ph.D., Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute, and John Mendelsohn, M.D., President Emeritus at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The three renowned scholars were selected for their discoveries that led to successful targeted cancer therapies, and will equally share a cash prize of approximately $1.33 million and a grant of up to $333,000.
Druker’s research proved it was possible to shut down cancer cell growth without harming healthy ones – a discovery that helped make once-fatal forms of the disease manageable.
“On behalf of everyone at OHSU, I would like to congratulate Brian on this well-deserved award,” said OHSU President Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A. “His discoveries paved the way for an entirely new way of thinking about how to treat cancer. And his commitment to big ideas has
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