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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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Recently, we collected multiple clear cell sarcoma cell lines and we are in the process of sequencing these cells so that we can learn more about their secondary mutations. The most common primary mutation for clear cell sarcoma is referred to as a chromosomal translocation – basically a gene that should be on one chromosome has swapped places with a gene on a different chromosome. Cancer is tricky though and usually drugs that target only one mutation don’t work long term since secondary mutations usually lead to other challenges, like resistance to drugs. We have
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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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A dedicated research team
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.