Pedal the Cause Forums series heads to Sanford-Burnham

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Pedal the Cause San Diego will host the next lecture in the Forums series at our La Jolla campus on Wednesday, July 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Pedal the Cause Forums is an exciting and understandable TED-like lecture series focused on the future of cancer research, life sciences, health and wellness, and more.

The next talk, entitled “Drug Discovery and Development”, will be presented by Garth Powis, director of our NCI-designated Cancer Center and Bob Abraham, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief scientific officer at Pfizer Oncology Research Unit. It will explore the process behind the development of new therapeutics from the initial research breakthrough through pharmaceutical development.

Guests are invited to come early and enjoy refreshing cocktails and yummy hors d’oeuvres while mingling with local cancer research advocates, as well as cancer researchers, and Pedal the Cause riders.

The presentation will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session with Drs. Powis and Abraham.

To learn more about the Forums series, or more about the next Pedal the Cause San Diego event, please visit Pedal the Cause San Diego’s website here.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to join us today!

Find additional details about the event below:

Drug Discovery to Development: Date: July 23, 2014 Location: Sanford-Burnham: Chairman's Hall Time: 5 p.m. Cocktails 6 p.m. Presentation starts

Drug discovery to development.

How does it go from breakthrough cancer research to life saving treatment? A relatable and insightful explanation of the process of developing new drugs and treatments, from bench top to bedside. What are the roles of basic science institutes like Sanford-Burnham and Salk Institute, life science and pharmaceutical companies?

About Pedal the Cause Founded in 2012, Pedal The Cause-San Diego is a California non-profit public benefit corporation established to fund, plan and manage an annual cycling fundraiser in which 100% of the net proceeds stay in San Diego to benefit cancer research at the three National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in San Diego (C3). It is our hope that research funded by Pedal The Cause will ultimately lead to a cure for cancer, and propel San Diego to the forefront of cancer cures and care. For more information, please visit Find us on Facebook at and on Twitter, @pedalSD

About the C3 The mission of the C3 is to encourage interactions between the San Diego National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated centers, with a special focus on clinical, translational, basic science, and educational activities. Each San Diego institute will share its unique capabilities and talents. Sanford-Burnham will provide access to its Chemical Library Screening Core, enabling Salk and UC San Diego to use the extensive chemical biology and drug development resources of the Prebys Center. The Prebys Center provides assay development and robust, sensitive high-throughput assays. The Center helps identify chemical compounds that lead to drug candidates that may be further developed into cancer therapies. The Salk Institute’s Cancer Center Gene Transfer, Targeting, and Therapeutics Core (GT3) will offer design, consultation, and production services for viral vectors. Viral vectors are “biological vehicles” that deliver new genes to cells to alter their function, potentially “fixing” cells that are malfunctioning. Viral vectors may be used to replace faulty genes in cancer cells, or used to boost cell functions that protect against cancer. The UC San Diego Biorepository Core will provide access to its centralized resource for patient samples and clinical information. Allowing researchers access to human samples is essential to discovering biological targets to treat cancer, translating experimental results to human disease, and for developing cancer diagnostic tests. By sharing knowledge and valuable resources, the C3 institutes are creating an era of inter-institutional support and cooperation to accelerate the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

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