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National Cancer Institute awards nearly $4 million to University of New Mexico Cancer Center
Date:11/9/2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The National Cancer Institute recently announced two five-year awards totaling nearly $4 million for a partnership between the University of New Mexico Cancer Center and Sandia National Laboratories. One $1.95 million grant will fund the creation of a joint Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnership, and another $1.8 million grant will pay for a new Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center to train a new generation of multidisciplinary scientists. In addition, the state of New Mexico is providing another $2 million to build a lab supporting Sandia Fellow and UNM professor Jeff Brinker's research, which is devoted to nano-bio materials and nanomedicine. UNM donated more than 4,500 square feet of lab space in the new Centennial Engineering Building for the project, and construction is scheduled to begin December 2010.

"Sandia is proud to be a part of this important undertaking," said Steve Rottler, chief technology officer and vice president of science and technology at Sandia Labs. "Pairing Sandia's expertise in materials science with UNM Cancer Center researchers' knowledge of cancer biology, oncology and clinical attributes provides an ideal setting in which to move forward in our nation's fight against cancer."

The awards comprise the second phase of the NCI's Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer Program, which initiated an investment of more than $30 million per year for the next five years to establish Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnerships, training grants and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory. The Alliance was founded in 2004 to leverage specific advantages of nanotechnology to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Since then, the Alliance has led to the discovery of many novel technologies, some of which are currently undergoing commercialization and clinical trials.

"The UNM Cancer Center is honored to be the only institution to earn
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Contact: Stephanie Hobby
slholin@sandia.gov
505-844-0948
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories
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