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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 8 drugs to treat childhood cancer since 1978.
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In August 2019, Gabby Sariñana was a happy, active 2-year-old. Her family and friends describe Gabby as fearless, gregarious, determined and zealous. One day her mom, Valerie, noticed a lump during a routine diaper change. After several days spent at Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin, Valerie and her husband Antonio learned what they were battling: an Ewing sarcoma-family tumor. There was a long road ahead and this is where Gabby’s fearlessness and determination would be most beneficial. Gabby had to undergo multiple surgeries and 14 rounds of intense, high-dose chemotherapy, which would begin immediately. While other
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Beaverton lab identifies drug that turns off key gene in deadly childhood muscle cancer
The Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute is studying how a breast cancer drug candidate could impact children with an aggressive tumor in the soft muscle.
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.