Science Market Update

$5M Donation to Boost Cancer Research at UChicago

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Feb 15, 2016

The University of Chicago

There are numerous different types of cancers that affect people around the world. According to the National Cancer Institute, national expenditures for cancer research could exceed $156 billion by 2020, making it one of the most expensive, well-funded research topics around the world. The University of Chicago is one of the many institutions committed to cancer research, with a Comprehensive Cancer Center housing more than 210 researchers and clinicians.

Recently, the Hospira Foundation donated $5 million to the University of Chicago to establish a new Professorship in Oncology, greatly boosting the univiersty's resources for cancer research. 

Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, from the Pritzer School of Medicine and dean of the Division of Biological Sciences said that “this generous gift from the Hospira Foundation will carry on Hospira’s legacy and boost the University’s efforts to make a difference in the lives of those with cancer.” 

The new Professorship position that will be created will help the university reach its research objectives. Research areas that the professor will help with include:

  • Finding new and improved therapies to help bodies overcome cancer.
  • Developing genetic treatments for cancer that can target the cancer cells of patients. 
  • Creating a higher standard of patient care. 

“The pace of progress in cancer research is tremendous, and we’re making enormous strides in understanding the biology of these diseases and improving cancer care. Our focus is to use this understanding to find better ways to treat these diseases,” explained director of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center Michelle Le Beau, PhD. “This donation will help us have a greater impact by developing better ways to prevent, detect and treat this disease, ultimately improving outcomes for patients worldwide.”

A researcher from the 2015 BioResearch Product Faire™ event in Chicago learns about new products available for his lab.     A lab supplier discusses lab supplies with interested researchers at a past BioResearch Product Faire™ Event.

The University of Chicago is a highly ranked research institution in terms of amount of funding received and research published and produced. In the 2015 fiscal year, the university received more than $170.9 million in funding from the NIH. Departments at the University of Chicago that are well-funded include:


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  1. Internal Medicine/Medicine - $60.9 million
  2. Genetics - $16.2 million
  3. Biochemistry - $13.2 million
  4. Biology - $10.5 million
  5. Pathology - $9.2 million

Market lab supplies to researchers in Chicago

Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. has been producing table-top life science trade shows at top research institutions for more than 22 years, and is pleased to be holding the 2nd Annual BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at the University of Chicago on September 21, 2016. 

At this event, lab suppliers are able to: 

  • Meet one-on-one with over 100 life science researchers in a professional and intimate environment. 
  • Demonstrate new lab products and technologies to end-users and purchasers.  
  • Answer researchers questions and schedule follow-up appointments.    
  • Get market visibility and increase brand awareness. 

To learn more about participating in the BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at the University of Chicago on 9/21/16, and to get more funding stats for the university, visit the link below: 

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Interested in marketing lab supplies to researchers in the Illinois marketplace? Learn more about other events in the state here: 2016 Illinois Events


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