“Interdisciplinary collaboration is central to the mission and culture of the new Koch Institute as it is to MIT. By collaborating with a recognized medical innovation leader like Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the Koch Institute community will have enhanced opportunities to deliver the results of our research and technology to cancer patients and their families,” commented MIT President Susan Hockfield.
The partnership will begin with a five-year (with an option to renew) sponsored research effort involving the interdisciplinary faculty, students and staff from MIT’s Koch Institute. The teams will begin the collaboration by working in the areas of cancer diagnostics, cancer biology pre-malignancies, genetic models of disease, studying profiles of the tumor microenvironment while a Joint Scientific Steering Committee composed of MIT faculty members and Ortho-McNeil Janssen employees will jointly oversee TRANSCEND.
Tyler Jacks, Director of the Koch Institute, stated “The Koch Institute is developing novel approaches to address the unmet needs of cancer patients. By working closely with experts at Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, we expect to advance our discoveries and new technologies rapidly to benefit individuals affected by this disease. Our faculty and trainees are energized by the new translational options made uniquely available through the TRANSCEND program."
The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research is a cancer research center affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology located in Cambridge, Mass. The Institute is one of seven National Cancer Institute-designated basic research centers in the U.S. The Koch Institute was launched in October 2007 and is physical home to approximately 25 MIT faculty members from both the Schools of Engineering and Science and convenes more than 1,000 researchers from across the MIT campus. The Koch Institute fosters and funds interdisciplinary collaborations in five key research areas: nanotherapeutics, detection and monitoring, metastasis, mapping drug sensitivity and resistance pathways, and cancer immunology.