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Hoosier Donates $30M To Fund IU Immunotherapy Center

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A $30 million donation to the Indiana University School of Medicine will fund a new center devoted to making breakthroughs in the field of immunotherapy. The gift from a Hoosier entrepreneur could help Indiana remain a leader in biomedicine.

The Brown Center for Immunotherapy at the IU School of Medicine aims to discover new ways to deploy immune-based therapies to treat cancers and other diseases. The center is named after Indianapolis software entrepreneur Donald Brown who says he thought about starting this effort somewhere else but in the end, Indiana was the clear choice.

"It’s just unbelievable the resources we have and I think we’ve proven time and again that we can all pull together and actually cooperate to get things done," Brown says.

The $30 million will be used to help recruit five endowed faculty chairs, build infrastructure and technologies.

Immunotherapy basically uses the power of the body’s immune system to fight disease and that, says IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, is pretty exciting.

"It is clearly the most important development the most promising development I’ve seen in my career if not in the entire history or medicine," says Hess.

The center will initially focus on multiple myeloma and hopes to start its first clinical trial within a year.

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