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Cancer Research Institute Celebrating 60th Anniversary, Honoring Immunotherapy Leaders
Date:8/21/2013

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), a New York-based nonprofit committed to developing immune system-based cancer treatments, is presenting serial tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker and MedImmune biotech head Dr. Bahija Jallal with its highest honor for people exceptionally dedicated to advancing cancer research. They will receive the award at CRI's 27th annual awards dinner on Sep. 30 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Cancer Research Institute is also celebrating its 60th year dedicated to funding and finding immunotherapy treatments for cancer with an "Immunotherapy Rocks Cancer" theme. Cancer immunotherapy is a new class of cancer treatment that mobilizes the immune system to fight the disease and represents the most immediate hope for curing patients with any type of cancer.

"We are so pleased to reach this huge milestone for Cancer Research Institute at such an exciting time in the field of cancer immunology," said Jill O'Donnell Tormey, Ph.D., CEO and director of scientific affairs at CRI. "The research and treatments happening right now are really fulfilling the promise that we've seen in cancer immunology for decades. That's why we honor the people who are so dedicated to advancing this field and making it a reality."

This year CRI will give the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research to Sean Parker for his work with Stand Up to Cancer and outstanding dedication to cancer immunotherapy through funding support of the SU2C-CRI Cancer Immunology Translational Research Dream Team. The second recipient of the award is Dr. Bahija Jallal, executive vice presiden
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