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ACIR's mission is to fast-track Cancer Immunotherapy Research by helping YOU to stay on top of the new literature in this fast moving and multifaceted field, fostering YOUR creativity and productivity in bringing us ever closer to curing this deadly disease.
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The Fritsch Foundation
240 Sidney St, #203
Cambridge, MA 02139
Cancer immunotherapy is a rapidly evolving field that holds much justified hope and promise based on the striking and durable clinical activity observed in multiple patients. Many key elements for constructing highly effective cancer immunotherapies have been identified and new advancements are being made daily. Clinicians and researchers around the world are beginning to understand how to put these pieces together and moving closer to our primary goal of bringing lasting benefit to all victims of this horrible disease.
Accelerating Cancer Immunotherapy Research (ACIR.org) is supported by the Fritsch Foundation, a charitable organization formed following the untimely death of two beloved family members to cancer. The mission of the Fritsch Foundation is to help cure cancer by accelerating the advancement of cancer immunotherapy. ACIR.org was established by the Foundation to carry out this mission by providing, free-of-charge and readily accessible on the internet, a weekly synopsis of the key advances in this fast moving and multifaceted field. Up-to-date knowledge is critical to fostering the necessary creativity and productivity of researchers but this is a daunting, time-consuming and inefficient task for individual researchers, and thus often left undone. We hope that by making it easier for all researchers to stay up to date, our summary will enhance the work of many, bringing us ever closer to curing this deadly disease.
Ed Fritsch, President Ute Burkhardt, Chief Medical Scientist
"At a time when immunotherapy is being used for the treatment of increasing numbers of patients with cancer there is a critical need to provide reliable information to patients, physicians and researchers. Key limitations to get to the reliable sources of information are the large amount of data that is being generated and published, the multiple clinical trials available and the differences in the ability of patients to access these therapies. Given these limitations, I welcome the efforts by The Fritsch Foundation and ACIR.org to make sense out of all this data and provide a reliable and timely source of information for the whole community of patients and researchers. They have full time scientists reviewing the data and pointing to the most important advances in the field of cancer immunotherapy."
Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Surgery, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Director of the Tumor Immunology Program at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC); Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI) Center at UCLA; Chair of the Melanoma Committee at SWOG
"I fully support the important new initiative of the Fritsch Foundation. The field of cancer immunotherapy grows at an exciting pace. Staying on top of foundational discoveries in the field, which will be conveniently processed on ACIR.org, is key for coming up with important new hypotheses about immunotherapeutic cancer treatment strategies."
Glenn Dranoff, MD, PhD
Global Head of Immuno-Oncology,Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research
"Cancer Immunotherapy is providing patients with novel and durable treatments and the number of available therapies keeps growing. The mission of the Fritsch Foundation and its ACIR.org website—to accelerate the pace by which the field develops through mapping out the research and clinical landscapes and keeping track of key advances in the field—is an initiative that has my total support!!"
Robert D. Schreiber, PhD
Alumni Endowed Professor of Pathology and Immunology and Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine, MO Director of the Washington University Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs Coleader of the Tumor Immunology Program of Washington University's Siteman Comprehensive Cancer Center Associate Director of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Cancer Research Institute
"Our understanding of the interaction between the immune system and cancer cells, and also the ways to exploit this interaction clinically, is growing faster than ever before. At present, there is no reliable single source of information that can help clinicians and researchers in this field stay up-to-date, and by filling this gap, the Fritsch Foundation and ACIR.org initiative will facilitate the development of effective cancer immunotherapies for an increasing number of patient groups."
Ton Schumacher, PhD
Deputy Director of the Netherlands Cancer Institute; Professor of Immunotechnology at Leiden University, The Netherlands; Chief Scientific Officer of Kite Pharma EU; SU2C-CRI Immunotherapy Dream Team member
"The work of ACIR and the Fritsch Foundation is so beautifully targeted on something that has the potential of being truly useful even in the earliest stages. What a great idea!"
John Petricciani, MD
President of the International Alliance for Biological Standardization (IABS); Former Director of the Center for Biologics at FDA and former Chief Medical Officer of the Biologicals Unit at WHO
"I fully endorse the mission of the Fritsch Foundation and ACIR.org to provide a weekly synopsis of the scientific literature that bears on the field of cancer immunotherapy. The value and impact of this approach has been clearly demonstrated by a program I have been involved in as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Prize4Life Foundation, which is dedicated to curing the neurodegenerative disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gherig’s disease). ALS Forum, a joint effort between Prize4Life and the Alzheimer’s Research Forum provides ALS research summaries and well as links to ALS review articles as well as other content related to clinical trials. This program is widely used by the ALS research community to keep up to date with the rapidly moving scientific literature on ALS."
Tom Maniatis, PhD
Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York, and Director of the University wide Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative (CPMI) http://newsroom.cumc.columbia.edu/precision-medicine/. A key component of this initiative is cancer genomics and immunotherapy a joint program between CUMC and the New York Presbyterian Hospital.
"The Fritsch Foundation and ACIR.org have identified a great way to meet the critical need of researchers and clinicians everywhere to stay up to date with the literature in the fast moving and life-saving field of cancer immunotherapy. This will be a fine living tribute to your son that has the potential to help many future cancer victims!"
James S. Economou, MD, PhD
Beaumont Professor of Surgery, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)