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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Creates Living Biobank

June 15th, 2018

The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation has funded the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to create a Living Biobank of ovarian cancer models at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers. This biobank aims to provide hope for the approximately 80 percent of women treated for ovarian cancer who do not respond to first-line therapies and to expand the use of research models known as organoids as an important new tool in the fight against all cancers. The Living Biobank is designed to shortcut the drug testing process, to evaluate more quickly whether experimental drugs are reaching targets, to serve as an engine for basic science and discovery, and, ultimately, to personalize treatments for women. In memory of Susan F. Smith, the Foundation has made a $2.5 million commitment to support this work.

Learn more about the program in this Impact story.

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