Two Jupiter scientists win $3.3 million for breast cancer research

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Two scientists from Scripps Florida in Jupiter won up to $3.3 million to create the next generation of breast cancer treatments for the thousands of patients whose treatment options are limited.

Ben Shen, co-chairman of the Department of Chemistry, and Christoph Rader, an associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, will co-lead the new five-year study, Scripps Florida said Tuesday. The grant was awarded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

“The researchers aim to develop a potent type of therapy known as an antibody-drug conjugate” Scripps says in a news release. “This new class of anti-cancer drugs combines the specificity of antibodies, which attack only cells they recognize, with a highly toxic payload designed to kill specific cancer cells with far greater efficiency than most currently available treatments.”

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