Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We'll Speed Up Hunt for Cancer Therapies, Vows Research Chief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We'll Speed Up Hunt for Cancer Therapies, Vows Research Chief

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Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor

THE director of a new London medical research centre today pledged to deliver pioneering immunotherapy treatments to patients quicker than ever.

The UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation has been given the go-ahead to start construction of a PS42million facility on the Royal Free hospital campus in Hampstead. It is due to move into it in 2020.

Its director, Professor Hans Stauss, said: "It takes 17 years on average for a research discovery to make its way to being a new type of therapy. That needs to improve substantially.

"One of the biggest problems is 'silo working'. Scientists typically work on a research problem. Clinicians see patients and work on a clinical problem. We will put the patient at the centre. We will get scientists and clinicians working together to try to understand better both the causes of disease and then developing the therapies."

The institute's 200 scientists will focus on immunotherapies for liver and kidney cancer and acute myeloid leukaemia, a type of blood cancer, as well as HIV and diabetes. …

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