As reported in Newswise ,the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) today announced the opening of the Randi and Brian Schwartz Family Cancer Immunotherapy and Cell Manipulation Facility. The state-of-the-art laboratory expands BIDMC’s research capacity with the ultimate goal of accelerating the delivery of new immunotherapies to patients with cancer.
Immunotherapy, which enlists a patients’ own defense system to identify and selectively attack cancer cells while minimizing toxicity, is one of the Cancer Center’s four areas of focus in its pursuit of “ultra precision medicine” in the fight against cancer. The Schwartz Family Facility brings together some of the brightest scientific minds in cancer immunotherapy and serves as a manufacturing center in which BIDMC’s physician-scientists develop immune-based treatments, including a promising experimental therapeutic vaccine against several forms of blood cancer. The center’s researchers are also working to unlock the secrets of how and why cancer cells evade the immune system.