Being awarded the Nobel prize surely validates a scientist in his/her persistence to (dis)prove a hypothesis over many years. The road a Nobel prize winner follows is typically long and winding, and the funding necessary to gain break-through insights may be hard to obtain.
The Rice University Baker Institute and the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) are pleased to co-host a mid-morning event with Nobel Laureate Dr. James Allison followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Kristen Matthews.
In hindsight one might observe, that several of today?s autoimmune drugs started as oncology drugs. However, Dr. Allisons? observation in 1996, that T-cells themselves could play a major role in tackling cancer was quite novel and it took until 2011 before the first drug was approved by the FDA.
After lunch, SACC will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to reflect with Dr. Allison, bridging basic research and starting a business.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm: The road to winning the Nobel Prize in Medicine, co-hosted by the Baker Institute and the Houston chapter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce
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