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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

critically needed skills to the LLS research pipeline and expedites the advancement of new drugs to treat blood cancer patients," said Louis DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS's chief scientific officer.

Through the partnership, LLS will initially provide up to $1.5 million to the university's Office of Therapeutics, Discovery and Development for the funded projects.

"The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a world-renowned cancer organization, and we are honored to be affiliated with such a prestigious and groundbreaking program," said Roy Jensen, M.D., director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center. "This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for us to make a significant impact on blood cancers, by leveraging the extraordinary capabilities we have in drug discovery, delivery and development. It will also assist us in our quest to achieve National Cancer Institute designation."

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society(R), headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. LLS's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, LLS made 6.3 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

For more information about blood cancer, visit www.LLS.org or call LLS's Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and careg
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