CureAccelerator Live! for Oncology 2017

November 2017
Chicago, IL

In November 2017, Cures Within Reach held CureAccelerator Live! for Oncology philanthropic pitch event in Chicago, IL. Five PIs from institutions across the US were selected to present their oncology-focused clinical repurposing trials for up to $50,000 in funding. Following the pitches and Q&A from a panel of expert, attendees selected the winning project: Dr. Paul Swiecicki, University of Michigan “Old Drugs As New Therapies For Metastatic Thyroid Cancer” 
Other finalists included:
  • Dr. Chris Lominska, The University of Kansas Medical Center “Combining the Rheumatoid Arthritis Agent Auranofin with Radiation Therapy to Improve Outcomes in Patients with Rectal Cancer”
  • Dr. Michael Spiotto, University of Chicago “Feasibility of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs to Enhance Radiotherapy of Head and Neck Cancers”
  • Dr. Bakhos Tannous, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School “A Novel Combination of Generic Chemotherapy Drugs to Treat Brain Cancer” 
  • Dr. Stephen Wong, Houston Methodist Research Institute “Repurposed Cardiac Glycosides to Treat Children with Central Nervous System Tumors”