November 11, 2016

November 11, 2016

Researchers Identify Proteins to Target to Increase Sensitivity of Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Treatments
MesotheliomaHelp.org – Nov. 10
Researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center focused on increasing the sensitivity of lung cancer tumors to ALK inhibitors. The team turned to proteomics to allow a large scale review of proteins so they could “identify potential drug targets that could boost ALK inhibitors and improve patient outcomes”, according to an Oct. 19 article in Medical News Today. 

‘Coop’s Catch for Kids’ special to air Thursday night
NHL.com – Nov. 9
More than $60,000 was raised and funneled through the V Foundation to Johns Hopkins All-Children's Hospital and the Moffitt Cancer Center 

Olivia Newton John helping Moffitt celebrate its 30th anniversary
Fox 13 – Nov. 9
The original “Sandy,” Olivia Newton John the actress, is actually going to be in Tampa to help the Moffitt Cancer Center celebrate its 30th anniversary. John will take part in a special anniversary program for the hospital employees this afternoon. John is a breast cancer survivor and also a member of Moffitt’s board of directors.

Fiorica Named SMH Associate Medical Officer
SRQ Magazine – Nov. 7 
Before joining Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group in 2005, Fiorica was the program leader of the Gynecology Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Fiorica currently serves as director of the SMH Women’s Cancer Specialty Program.

Car dealerships rev up Moffitt
WTSP – Nov. 4
The Williams Automotive Group sells cars year around, but in October their efforts rev up the Moffitt Cancer Center. Wesley Chapel Toyota, Wesley Chapel Honda, and Tampa Honda donated $60,000 to Moffitt  during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The money comes from cash set aside from each car sale during the year.

Trouble in biotech: Years after Jeb Bush tried to kick-start the industry in Florida, has it made much progress?
Tampa Bay Times – Nov. 4
None of those heavyweights landed in the Tampa Bay market, choosing as expected to cluster near one another for support. Locally, the biotech business is mostly confined to smaller startups and efforts by the likes of USF and Moffitt Cancer Center (including its promising cancer-fighting M2Gen spin­off) to try to commercialize academic research.

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