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Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

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420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 825 New York NY 10170 USA


The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research, focusing on uncovering the causes of cancer and reprogramming cancer cells.

We dedicate ourselves to delivering tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. Our mission is to eradicate cancer by bridging the gap between lab science and the patient.

Through our collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since our inception in 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to support the work of more than 175 researchers across the globe.


The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) is distinguished by its focus on one of the most promising strategies for developing cures for many types of cancer. It even offers hope for preventing cancer from developing. The focus is on epigenetics, the molecular software that controls much cell behavior.   Rather than kill cancer cells through the traditional treatments of chemotherapy and radiation, Foundation-supported research aims to reprogram chaotically growing cancer cells to mature normally and die. This targeted approach has minimal side effects on patients and enables them to maintain their normal life during treatment. Since inception, we have supported and trained more than 160 scientists in the US, China, Israel, Canada, England, Italy and Spain by awarding over $65 million in strategically focused grants.

Another unique characteristic of the Foundation is its emphasis on genuine collaboration among the funded scientists who constitute the Institute Without Walls. As Dr. Craig Jordan, one of our researchers who was mentioned in The Economist’s cover story on cancer stem cells (9/11/08), has said, “No other cancer funding agency actively congregates and facilitates investigator interactions in a manner that even approaches the efficiency of the SWCRF.  Through their targeted efforts, annual meetings, and the personal efforts of Dr. Waxman, the SWCRF promotes a remarkable number of exciting new research directions.”

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“The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation provides a unique and valuable service for the scientific and clinical enterprise. Its unique mechanism for funding innovative and paradigm shifting science has direct relevance for developing enhanced therapies for cancer. By supporting, unique and innovative science, that is often high risk with the potential for high reward, discoveries funded by the SWCRF have produced remarkable results, permitting scientific discoveries to move from “bench-to-bedside” thereby providing benefit to patients with multiple types of cancer. I have been very fortunate to be involved with the foundation for over 30 years and have significantly benefited from this interaction.”

Dr. Paul B. Fisher
Professor and Chair, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Director of VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine and Thelma Newmeyer Corman
Chair in Cancer Research,
Virginia Commonwealth University, School

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