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We are a nonprofit biotech lab on a mission to make childhood cancer universally survivable. Every year, the FDA approves on average 12 drugs to treat adult cancer, but has only approved 6 drugs to treat childhood cancer since 1978. We believe it’s time to do better.
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Hello! My name is Emma Rens, and I am a junior at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace High School in San Diego, California. Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about the remarkable opportunity I was given through the KPBS Stand Up to Cancer Emperor Science Award to work with the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (cc-TDI) lab. Now that the program has finished, I am very excited to share my experience and research. When I first toured the lab in June, my mentor, Dr. Keller, shared with me the shocking statistic
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Scientists And Parents Band Together To Research Cures For Rare Childhood Cancer
Small patient numbers mean there's less motivation to allocate resources to study the diseases and develop potential drugs. Dozens of childhood cancers fall in this category, some so rare that few pediatric oncologists hear about them.
Beaverton's Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute tackles deadliest child cancers
Beyond an unmarked door into what looks like a shabby old warehouse in Old Town Beaverton, white-coated scientists are working to find ways to treat cancers that kill almost every child they afflict.
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Our research team is exploring and testing state-of-the-art treatment options for the most urgent issues facing children with cancer.
Working in our own freestanding research institution allows us to act swiftly and nimbly to achieve results—bringing cost control, speed, purpose, and focus to translate effective treatments into the clinic. To get there, we perform basic science and translational research in our industrial modern lab site (a paint factory remodeled by Nike as an off-site creative space), adjacent to the Silicon Forest in Oregon.