March 15, 2013

After 16 years, $80 million, Enterprise Florida delivers just 20,000 jobs to Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Times – March 14
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center received the richest incentive deal in the county in 2007 valued at $15.5 million to encourage both the establishment of its for-profit M2Gen subsidiary and the potential attraction of related biotech firms. Jobs documented so far: 155.

Lymphoseek Approved in US for Breast Cancer, Melanoma
Medscape – March 13
A similar experience was reported by Vernon Sondak, MD, chair of cutaneous surgery at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and another principal investigator on the trial.

Lymphoseek Approved to Help Detect Lymph Nodes in Breast Cancer and Melanoma
OncLive – March 13
“Over the past 20 years, surgical staging of the regional nodes with intraoperative lymphatic mapping and sentinel node biopsy has emerged as the worldwide standard of care for patients with clinically node-negative intermediate and thick melanomas, and for selected patients with higher-risk thin primaries as well,” said Vernon K. Sondak, MD, chair of the Department of Cutaneous Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and principal investigator for melanoma in the Lymphoseek phase III clinical trials, in a statement.

Breast cancer radiation treatments raise risk of future heart disease
The Boston Globe – March 13
“Breast cancer patients who are candidates for radiation should still receive radiation,” said study co-author Dr. Candace Correa, a radiation oncologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida.

"Cure on Wheels" cyclists ride for cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center
10 News – March 13
About a dozen cyclists completed the 300-mile trek from Tampa to Tallahassee in support of cancer research at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

2013 Moffitt Cancer Center's day at the Fla. capitol
WTXL ABC 27 – March 13
Wednesday marked the Moffitt Cancer Center's day at the Florida capitol.

Capitol Update – Nightly During Session – Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Florida Channel – March 13
Cure on Wheels riders went from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to the capital to gain legislative support for the cancer center.

Cyclists Ride To Kick Cancer Research Into Gear
WFSU – March 13
The riders are working with the Moffitt Cancer Center to raise awareness about cancer research.

5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Wednesday, March 13
ABC Action News – March 13
Over forty cancer research advocates from the Tampa Bay area will be in Tallahassee on Wednesday for Moffitt Day.

Moffitt Day: Volunteer advocates push for more funding
10 News – March 13
A group of volunteer advocates from Moffitt Cancer Center are on their way to Tallahassee to push for increased funding for cancer research. It's a part of Moffitt Day.

Surgery plus radiation boosts survival in metastatic gastric cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor – March 13
Ravi Shridhar, MD, PhD, of the radiation oncology department at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, and colleagues identified 5,072 patients with stage IV gastric cancer from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database.

Pasco physician-turned-cancer-patient takes drug parity fight to Tallahassee
Tampa Bay Times – March 12
When he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, he ended up in a clinical drug trial at Moffitt Cancer Center, which meant his drugs were covered.

Detectives looking into scams in 3 states after woman arrested on Sumter fraud charges
Orlando Sentinel – March 12
He bought her a $3,000 ring and he quit his job to drive her to her medical appointments at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Licensing the focus of ‘Tech Talk’ event
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 11
Technology licensing, both for startups and established companies, will be the subject of a presentation by Haskell Adler, senior licensing manager at Moffitt Cancer Center, and Christopher Paradies of Paradies Law PA, at the Tampa Bay Innovation Center’s March “Tech Talk” event.

Moffitt & Cure on Wheels team up for 4th annual Capitol Ride
WFLA – March 10
Moffitt Cancer Center and Cure on Wheels teamed up to launch the 4th Annual Capitol Ride, a three-day, 300-mile trek from Tampa to the state capitol in Tallahassee.

Cyclists taking ride to help cure cancer
Bay News 9 – March 10
The group, Cure on Wheels, has teamed up with Moffitt Cancer Center for the 4th annual Capitol Ride.

Gibbs Cancer Center now open
Greenville News – March 9
Pledger, who most recently worked as associate director for basic science at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, also will serve as the center’s deputy director.

Covance deal opens doors for M2Gen
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 8
M2Gen, the Moffitt Cancer Center subsidiary that focuses on personalized medicine, has struck a deal with Covance Inc., a contract research organization that conducts clinical trials for pharmaceutical firms.

Connections of the week
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 8
TECH TALK: Haskell Adler, a senior licensing manager at Moffitt Cancer Center, and Christopher Paradies, president of Paradies Law PA, are scheduled to present “Technology Licensing: Practical Principles and Practices.”

Scientist spotlights potential Achilles heel of therapeutic cancer vaccines
FierceBiotech – March 8
Moffitt Cancer Center expert Dr. Jeffrey Weber told NPR that the animal study underscores what investigators have been learning about adjuvants and warrants careful review.

Ovarian Cancer May Arise From Stem-Like Cells
Medical News Today – March 8
In 2012, researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida reported finding that the micro ribonucleic acid miR-214 plays a critical role in regulating ovarian cancer stem cell properties.


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