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National Cancer Institute Awards $26.3 Million to Establish Seven Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence

October 3, 2005 - The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health NIH), announced the implementation of a major component of its $144.3 million five-year initiative for nanotechnology in cancer research. First year awards totaling $26.3 million will help establish seven Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNEs).

http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/pressreleases/CentersofCancerNanotechExcellence

We believe that nanotechnology will have a transformative effect on cancer diagnosis and treatment. In fact, its impact is already visible in the research being conducted through many of the centers we are announcing today," said Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute. "Through the applications of nanotechnology, we will increase the rate of progress towards eliminating the suffering and death due to cancer."

Nanotechnology, the development and engineering of devices so small that they are measured on a molecular scale, has demonstrated promising results in cancer research and treatment. NCI launched the plan to create the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer in September 2004, as a comprehensive, integrated initiative to develop and translate cancer-related nanotechnology research into clinical practice.

CCNE awardees included:  MIT-Harvard Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, Cambridge, Mass. This center will focus on diversified nanoplatforms for targeted therapy, diagnostics, noninvasive imaging, and molecular sensing. Principal investigators: Robert Langer, Ph.D. (MIT), and Ralph Weissleder, M.D., Ph.D. (Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital).