cell line prizes
From 2014 to 2016, we offered infrastructure for patient foundations that wanted to offer cell-line prizes.
Prizes were a way to catalyze research attention around a particular indication of cancer. Prizes would be awarded to researchers that could create cell-lines for a given indication, often indications that had limited or no models available for cancer researchers.
There are no current plans to create new cell-line prizes, but there are still 13 cell-line prizes waiting to be awarded.
Launched in 2016, Pattern.org enables rare cancer patients to direct excess tumor tissue to cancer research.
Pattern.org allows patients to donate their cancerous tumors (after they've been surgically removed) directly to researchers. These tumors are sent to a top cancer lab (the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard), where they are turned into research models that are openly available to the research community.