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FasterCures Spotlights Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute's Innovative Research Programs
Date:2/21/2012

ive, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Livestrong, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and others. Most important, I am happy that lung cancer research is at the TRAIN station and moving forward every day with an aggressive schedule to get the right therapies to the right patients at the right time. We're in a hurry."

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Q: What prompted the creation of the institute?
A: In late 2007, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation invited leading physicians, clinicians, scientists, researchers, representatives from pharmaceutical and biotech companies, venture capitalists, international investors, and lung cancer survivors to convene at a Summit. They were invited for one purpose—to answer the following question: "If money for research and development was not a barrier and a true collaboration could be achieved, what would you do to improve lung cancer patient survival in the least amount of time and how much would it cost?" The unanimous answer: "We need a national lung cancer institute—an honest third-party broker—with a virtual specimen repository, connecting existing biobanks and researchers worldwide through a unique real-time IT platform and better means of collaboration." In response, the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI, voiced as "Alchemy") was founded in 2008 by lung cancer survivor Bonnie J. Addario and supporters to positively impact on lung cancer patient survival.

ALCMI is a contractual consortium of academic and community-based researchers structured to directly advance the understanding of disease biology and accelerate the development of significantly more effective treatment options. ALCMI links researchers via shared infrastructures and prioritized research programs including standardized biorepositories, data systems, contracts, study protocols, and, as significantly, through ongoing collaboration discussions among the
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