Lasker Award for CRL Immunotherapy Research

September 8th, 2015

Congratulations to former CRL Director James P. Allison for winning the 2015 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.

The Lasker Committee recognized Dr. Allison’s groundbreaking work on immunotherapy of cancer, specifically citing “the discovery and development of a monoclonal antibody therapy that unleashes the immune system to combat cancer.”

The work recognized by the Lasker Award was conducted in the Cancer Research Laboratory in the mid-1990s (for more details see: The Story of Yervoy (Ipilimumab)).

The Lasker Award, sometimes referred to as “America’s Nobel,” is considered one of the most prestigious scientific awards, and many Lasker Award winners have gone on to win the Nobel. The CRL congratulates Jim on this great honor. We are gratified to see basic research conducted in the CRL recognized with this award, and even more gratified that this basic research has had a major impact on the lives of cancer patients worldwide.

For more information, see:

Lasker Award Website

UC Berkeley Press Release

More history from The Better World Project

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