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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The University of Kansas Cancer Center Announce Innovative Partnership to Accelerate Drug Development
Date:1/7/2009

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and KANSAS CITY, Kan., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and The University of Kansas Cancer Center have announced a partnership to translate discoveries by LLS-funded researchers into Phase I clinical trials.

Currently, The University of Kansas Cancer Center (KU Cancer Center) and its partner, Beckloff Associates Inc., are supporting two early stage projects of LLS-funded researchers at The University of Virginia and The University of Toronto. The number of projects is expected to expand over the year.

The University of Kansas is uniquely positioned to work with LLS to accelerate the research it funds. KU Cancer Center has a long history of developing cancer drugs and currently has the No. 1 pharmacy school, in terms of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. KU Cancer Center holds a development contract with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and has helped formulate seven out of the 19 drugs developed through NCI's Developmental Therapeutics Program.

Integral to moving projects rapidly into clinical trials is KU Cancer Center's partnership with industry. Beckloff Associates Inc., based in Overland Park, KS, provides development and regulatory support on the projects. Through these collaborative efforts and the formation of multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational, high-performance project teams, drug projects are advanced rapidly.

The partnership between KU Cancer Center and LLS is part of LLS's Therapy Acceleration Program, which supports private sector and academic-based projects with the goal of moving blood cancer therapies into the development pipeline. KU Cancer Center is the first academic partner in the program.

"By leveraging the capabilities and strengths The University of Kansas has in place, this partnership brings
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