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Brian Druker Talks About A Billion Research Dollars

Brian Druker, M.D. in the Knight Cancer Institute lab(via OHSU)

Brian Druker, M.D. in the Knight Cancer Institute lab
(via OHSU)

Oregon Health and Sciences University characterizes the $500 million matching grant Phil and Penny Knight announced recently as a surprise. But within the last several years, the Knights gave a $100 million to the cancer institute that bears their name and $125 million for a cardiovascular center. OHSU described both gifts as “transformative.”

Cancer researcher Brian Druker boldly asked Knight for a billion dollars to fund cancer research, saying that’s what it would take to find a cure. With this third major gift, the Knights have pledged a $500 million if OHSU can raise an equal amount in the next two years. We’ll ask Druker about exactly what a billion dollars would mean for cancer patients in the future.

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