Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards $3 million to eleven innovative young scientists

New York, NY (January 23, 2018) – The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation announced that ten scientists with novel approaches to fighting cancer have been named 2018 recipients of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award. Five initial grants of $300,000 over two years were awarded to six early career scientists (four individuals and one collaborative team) whose projects have the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Each awardee will have the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (four years total for $600,000). This year, continued “Stage 2” support was granted to five awardees who demonstrated significant progress on their proposed research during the first two years of the award.

The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award funds cancer research by exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas who lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. The awardees are selected through a highly competitive and rigorous process by a scientific committee comprised of leading cancer researchers who are innovators themselves. Only those scientists with a clear vision and passion for curing cancer are selected to receive the prestigious award.

This program was established thanks to the generosity of Andy and Debbie Rachleff.

New 2018 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovators:

Lawrence A. David,


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