Cures within Reach, a globally operating foundation accelerating and supporting repurposing research, has awarded the Stanford SPARK Program with the 2020 Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award. Stanford SPARK was selected for its support of translational projects with a repurposing focus and positive influence on patients with high unmet medical needs.
The Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award is given to researchers and clinicians who have successfully repurposed drugs thereby creating positive patient impact. The award honors the work of Janet Davison Rowley who has identified the first chromosomal translocation causing cancer. She argued that genetic alterations can cause specific diseases which laid the foundation for many of the today’s repurposing approaches.