How We Fund Research
Breast Cancer research is a long and expensive process. It can take well over 15 years and $5 billion to translate a discovery in the lab into a new drug that can be used by patients. Breast cancer research is also time-consuming; it can take years to complete a single study. Although the investment in time and resources is significant, the potential impact is tremendous. Research is the only way we will discover and deliver the cures for breast cancer.
A scientist who operates a research lab spends $50,000 to $500,000 each year on equipment and salaries, and $20,000 or more per year for materials used in the lab. The cost of cancer cells for just one experiment ranges from $300 to $500. A single bottle of a specialized solution is as much as $800.
At Komen, we have a rigorous review process for selecting research grants, called peer-review. Peer-review is a grant review process used by many organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, to determine which research grants will be funded. By using this rigorous process, we strive to fund the very best research – funding projects that have the potential to advance the field and have an impact on patients as rapidly as possible.
Dr. George Sledge, Chief Scientific Advisor
“Something I realized early in my career is that research cures cancer. The only way we get forward in this field is to take the best from the laboratory and move it as quickly as possible into the clinic.”
Your Research Dollars At Work
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Clinical Trials We Are Funding
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Bringing The Patient Voice To Research
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