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Dr. Lewis Cantley awarded $3 million breakthrough prize in life sciences
Date:2/21/2013

NEW YORK (Feb. 21, 2013) -- Dr. Lewis Cantley, a leading cancer researcher credited with discovering a family of enzymes fundamental to understanding cancer, was named a winner of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, the world's richest academic prize for medicine and biology. The prize, which carries a $3 million cash award, recognizes excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and human life.

Dr. Cantley is director of the recently established Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor in Oncology Research and professor of cancer biology in medicine at Weill Cornell. Dr. Cantley was awarded the prize for his landmark discovery of the signaling pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), which explains the growth of a cell and has major implications in cancer. His pioneering research discovered that human cancers frequently have mutations in PI3K and, for the past three decades, he has worked to identify new treatments for cancers that result from defects in this pathway.

Dr. Cantley is among a group of 11 recipients of the Breakthrough Prize, each receiving $3 million. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing breakthrough research, celebrating scientists and generating excitement about the pursuit of science as a career, will administer the prize. The awards were announced on February 20 in San Francisco, Calif., by the Foundation's chairman of the Board, Art Levinson, as well as the Foundation's founding sponsors, Yuri Milner, Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.

"I am honored and deeply humbled to be selected for this prestigious award," Dr. Cantley said. "It's a privilege to be in the company of such absolutely spectacular scientists whose contributions have truly made a difference in the lives of patients. I'm very grateful to th
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Contact: Lauren Woods
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646-317-7401
Weill Cornell Medical College
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