July 13, 2012

KaloBios aims its antibodies at an IPO, trio of trials
The San Francisco Business Times (blog) - July 12
The trial, which is enrolling patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and two sites in Australia, is expected to wrap up next year.

Market Trend: Tampa / St Petersburg's Office Vacancy Stays at 13.8%
CoStar Group - July 12
Tenants moving into large blocks of space in 2012 include: Moffitt Cancer Center moving into 100,000 square feet at 12653 Telecom Dr; Amerilife Group moving into 69,540 square feet at 2650 McCormick Dr; and JC III moving into 68,158 square feet at Netpark.

Medical video technology becomes vital to health care organizations
TechTarget - July 12
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., is using Cisco Systems' Pulse video search engine for its medical research and learning practices, said John Maass, manager of conferencing technology systems and support at the cancer hospital.

Survivor cancer-free thanks to voucher program
WTSP 10 News - July 11
Here are the screening programs they currently fund:  Mammography Voucher Program ( Pinellas ) 727-820-4117; Mammography Voucher Program ( Manatee ) 941-748-0747; Moffitt Cancer Center ( Hillsborough ) 813-745-6769

Cancer Research Centers Cautiously Optimistic Despite Gov. Scott's Order to Stop Franchising Brands
WUSF News (Healthy State) - July 11
In letters to the University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and the Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville, Scott told the centers they "may not franchise their name or brand to other private entities."

Moffitt receives $15M grant from National Cancer Institute
Tampa Bay Times - July 11
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center has received a five-year grant worth just under $15 million from the National Cancer Institute.

Scott's thoughtless edict on cancer centers
Tampa Bay Times - July 11
In a newly disclosed letter to three state-supported cancer research facilities including H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Scott said the centers could not make money off their brand names if they want to continue to receive state funds.

$15 million grant cements Moffitt's elite status
The Tampa Tribune - July 11
The National Cancer Institute on Tuesday reaffirmed H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute's status as an elite research hospital with a nearly $15 million award.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center defends its role as resource
Tampa Bay Times - July 11
Is H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, with its 16 affiliates, tax-exempt status and public research funding, trying to muscle out competitors in the lucrative cancer market?

Psychology Today Blogger Complains About ‘Censorship'
Wall Street Journal (IDEAS MARKET blog) - July 10
Pfizer gave a psychologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida over $10 million to study whether oncology professionals' attention to cancer patients' psychological distress could effectively be monitored through chart review. Why this extraordinary amount of money?

Hot needle that spares men from impotence by destroying cancer cells
Daily Mail (UK) - July 10
Radio-frequency ablation does not have these complications, and is now being used in a trial at the Lee Moffitt Cancer Centre and Research Institute in the U.S.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: State Cancer Hospitals Can't Franchise Brands
Becker's Hospital Review - July 10
In letters to University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and University of Florida Shands Cancer Center in Gainesville, Gov. Scott said organizations receiving state biomedical research funds "may not franchise their name or brand to other private entities" and "may not receive royalties or other remuneration from other entities in exchange for use of their name or brand," according to the report.

Dana-Farber to share in $16M rare-disease grant
Boston Business Journal - July 10
The six institutions also include the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa Bay, Fla.; Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York; and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore.

Driven: South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute strives to earn National Cancer Center Designation
Press-Register - July 10
The closest ones now are at M.D. Anderson in Houston, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and H. Lee Moffitt in Tampa, she said.

Moffitt designation as NCI comprehensive cancer center renewed
Tampa Bay Business Journal - July 10
The National Cancer has renewed Moffitt Cancer Center's designation as a comprehensive cancer center for another five years.

Florida Morning: Connie Mack gets $1M boost; the race for speaker never ends
The Florida Times-Union's "Florida Morning" blog - July 10
ADELSON GIVES $1M IN SUPPORT OF MACK: Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is giving $1 million to a "super" political committee aimed at helping conservatives get elected in Florida.

Scott sends warning to cancer treatment hospitals
Tampa Bay Business Journal "Wake-Up Call" blog- July 10
Tampa-based H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the University of Miami's University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville each received the Scott's letter notifying them that state-funded biomedical research organizations "may not franchise their name or brand to other private entities" and "may not receive royalties or other remuneration from other entities in exchange for use of their name or brand," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Esophageal Cancer Survival Benefit Linked to Lymphadenectomy
Internal Medicine News - July 9
"The maximum survival advantage was seen when a minimum of 15 lymph nodes were removed in node-negative patients and 20 in the node-positive patients," Dr. Kenneth L. Meredith said.

It's Not All Bad
GenomeWeb - July 9
In a recent opinion piece in Nature Reviews Cancer, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers wrote that resistance to treatment would always be a problem for oncologists and their patients, because tumors are subject to the same processes of evolution and natural selection as any other organism.

Health Events
The Ledger - July 9
Dr. Jingsong Zhang, assistant professor at Moffitt Cancer Center, will speak on this immunotherapy that involves culturing a patient's own immune cells with a prostate-specific antigen.

Florida Governor Scott wants "competitive environment" for cancer treatment, including at UM's Sylvester
The Miami Herald - July 7
Scott's letters to UM's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and the Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville say that organizations receiving state biomedical research funds "may not franchise their name or brand to other private entities" and "may not receive royalties or other remuneration from other entities in exchange for use of their name or brand."

School Notes
The Ledger - July 7
Her co-authors were Janet Fansler, senior vice president, chief nurse executive and chief operating officer at LRMC; Kathy Hunt, director of professional nursing practice at LRMC; and Pamela Duncan, formerly a clinical nurse specialist at LRMC who now works for Moffitt Cancer Center.

6-year-old cancer patient helped by local church with a big heart
Bradenton Herald - July 7
We usually do practical things, like take care of their swimming pool, drive them to Moffitt Cancer Center, water their plants, pick up family members."

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