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Fueling the Cancer 'Moonshot'

Michael Bloomberg, Sidney Kimmel, and other generous supporters pave the way for Hopkins' new cancer treatment institute
Posted April 21, 2016

"Like the effort to put a person on the moon, ending cancer is a dream we have all held," says entrepreneur, three-term New York City Mayor, and Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy co-founder, Mike Bloomberg, Engr '64.

The new venture was supported by matching $50 million gifts from Bloomberg and longtime Hopkins benefactor Sidney Kimmel, as well as an additional $25 million in gifts from more than a dozen other generous donors.

"I could not be more honored to partner with Mike Bloomberg and capture the opportunity to advance immunotherapy research at this critical moment," adds Kimmel. "Having been committed to cancer research for more than 20 years, it simply thrills me to know that the scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center see a new light at the end of the tunnel."

"Mike Bloomberg and Sidney Kimmel are visionaries," Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels says. "Their philanthropy has already fostered remarkable innovation throughout Johns Hopkins, transforming the landscape of public health and cancer research. The new Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute builds on that legacy, giving us the latitude to dream big as we accelerate our efforts to end all forms of cancer."

Johns Hopkins is already a world leader in the study and implementation of immunotherapy — one of the most rapidly advancing developments in cancer treatment that works by redirecting patients' own immune systems to attack and destroy cancer cells.

The new Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute will enhance and accelerate that work by better connecting the Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center’s experts with partners internal and external, across both Johns Hopkins and in the private sector.

"This institute is going to perfect new therapies and bring hope to millions of people," says Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, who attended an event to announce the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute and who leads the Obama Administration's "moonshot" initiative to cure cancer.

"Not only will we save millions of lives," says Vice President Biden, "we will reinstill in the American public the notion that anything is possible."