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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Knight Cancer Institute Launch Groundbreaking Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients
Date:9/17/2013

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) today announced a pioneering collaboration that brings together scientists from multiple disciplines to better understand a complex form of leukemia for which there are currently no broadly effective treatments.

The multi-institution Beat AML cancer research initiative – designed to leverage the expertise of technology, sequencing and pharmaceutical collaborators − takes a next-generation precision medicine approach to vastly accelerate research findings and ultimately improve outcomes for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is a particularly devastating blood cancer with less than 25 percent of newly diagnosed patients surviving beyond five years. It causes more than 10,000 deaths a year in the U.S., and treatment options largely have not changed in the past 30 years.

LLS and the Knight Cancer Institute are forging Beat AML to change the paradigm of treatment for AML patients. The initiative acknowledges that AML is, in reality, a diverse collection of poorly understood rare diseases that share some common traits. Because of its complexity, improving prospects for AML patients requires a transformative approach that acknowledges the biological diversity across AML cases. The research process is designed to provide rapid analysis of the way in which genes malfunction in individual patients with the disease, how the disease progresses as well as how it responds to, or evades, treatment. 

"This innovative collaboration – involving the world's largest nongovernment funder of blood cancer research, a group of leading academic research institutions, two advanced technology companies and potentially multiple pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies – is among the f
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