Vice President Joe Biden was in town yesterday to celebrate the opening of Johns Hopkins’s new Bloomberg–Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.
Along with the VP, the ceremony was attended by former mayor of New York (and major Hopkins donor) Michael Bloomberg; Governor Larry Hogan; and Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.
The $125 million state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to immunotherapy, an approach to cancer treatment that relies on engineering individualized immune-based therapies to combat the disease. It was funded in large part by donations from Bloomberg and Sidney Kimmel, founder of Jones Apparel Group.
Many of those in attendance took advantage of the opportunity to talk big–like, really big–about what the center might accomplish: “Like the effort to put a human on the moon, ending cancer is a dream we have all held,” Bloomberg said, while Hopkins president Ronald Daniels enthused that the center would help “accelerate our efforts to end all forms of cancer.” Let’s hope the research keeps pace with the rhetoric!
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