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

e Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation for recognizing achievements that have defined my career."

All winners of the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences have agreed to serve on the Foundation's Selection Committee to choose recipients for future prizes. The Foundation plans to give five annually. The recipients have also been invited to present talks targeted for a general audience that will be made available to the public, enabling everyone to keep abreast of the latest development in life sciences.

"I am delighted for Dr. Cantley, whose groundbreaking research into the mechanisms that drive the development of cancer has led to landmark discoveries that have revolutionized the study and treatment of this devastating disease," says Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College. "This award is a testament to the excellence Dr. Cantley brings in cancer research at Weill Cornell."

As director of the Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Cantley is leading efforts to employ precision medicine for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Center ensures that patients can immediately benefit from the latest discoveries and treatments, especially in clinical trials, while training future researchers and recruiting leaders in cancer research and clinical care.

Dr. Cantley is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is one of the world's most pre-eminent scientists in both basic and clinical cancer research and a Cornell University alumnus. Dr. Cantley has made significant advances in cancer research stemming from his discovery of PI3K in the mid-'80s. This discovery, which has led to one of the most promising avenues for the development of personalized cancer therapies, has since resulted in revolutionary treatments for cancer, diabetes and autoimmune diseases.

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Contact: Lauren Woods
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646-317-7401
Weill Cornell Medical College
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