$10 Million Transformational Gift to Advance Cancer Treatment

An innovative new initiative, funded by a $10 million anonymous gift, brings together some of Rutgers’ powerhouses to advance the treatment of patients with cancers that do not respond to standard therapies.

By bringing together Rutgers’ Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey and Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers is revolutionizing cancer research, education, and care. The gift will strengthen the university’s research and clinical practice of identifying genetic abnormalities that make tumors cancerous and using those details to fine-tune treatment. This rapidly growing approach to research and care is known as precision medicine.

The Cancer Institute has already done amazing work in the area of precision medicine by partnering with third-party laboratories. This gift provides support for advanced genomic analyses done right here at Rutgers—in the Clinical Genomics Laboratories of RUCDR Infinite Biologics, a unit of the Human Genetics Institute and the world’s largest university-based biorepository. With the involvement of RUCDR, the Cancer Institute will receive quicker and more tailored analyses. Ultimately, that means better and faster answers for patients. In addition, the gift will increase the number of patients the Cancer Institute can serve in clinical trials of targeted therapies.

The gift will also support undergraduate education in cancer genetics through a $1 million endowment for cancer biology curriculum development and through funding for two new faculty positions. One of these positions is an endowed chair in genetics, which will be funded by $1.5 million of the $10 million gift and a $1.5 million match from an earlier $27 million challenge grant to establish 18 new chairs at Rutgers.

The partnership this gift demonstrates is a true testament to what is possible through the July 2013 integration of Rutgers with most of the former UMDNJ and to the game-changing potential of investment at a high level.

Part of the largest fundraising year in Rutgers' history, this transformational gift supported Our Rutgers, Our Future, a $1 billion campaign launched to broaden and enhance the myriad ways the university serves students, the state, and the world.

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