$20 Million Donation to MSK to Support Lung Cancer Research
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) recently announced receipt of a $20 million gift from the Ge Li & Ning Zhao Family Foundation to support lung cancer research. The Ning Zhao & Ge Li Family Initiative for Lung Cancer Research and New Therapies will work toward gaining a deeper understanding of the biology of lung cancer to develop new targeted therapies to overcome drug resistance and to prevent metastasis. It will create three Ning Zhao & Ge Li endowed chairs at MSK and a research fund to underwrite basic, translational, and clinical research. The initiative will also support new research projects led by research fellows and fund related work in the Department of Pathology.
“The exceptional generosity of the Ge Li & Ning Zhao Family Foundation will make a significant impact on what our thoracic team is able to accomplish in the years to come,” said Charles M. Rudin, MD, PhD, Chief of MSK’s Thoracic Oncology Service and Co-Director of the Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller Center for Lung Cancer Research, where the initiative will reside.
Ge Li, PhD, is Chairman of WuXi AppTec and WuXi Biologics, providers of research, development, and manufacturing services to companies and innovators in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors worldwide. Ning Zhao, PhD, is a member of the board, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources at WuXi AppTec, and President of the Ge Li & Ning Zhao Family Foundation.