Because groundbreaking science is most valuable when it can be translated into products that are available to Texans, a crucial component of CPRIT’s mission is to create and support infrastructure in Texas that accelerates the movement of new cancer drugs, diagnostics, and therapies from the laboratory to the patient. This process is called commercialization. CPRIT takes its commitment to commercialization efforts seriously, dedicating personnel and operational funding to major commercial initiatives like the creation of the Commercialization Review Council and the recruitment of a virtual management company.

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Paul Lammers

Mirna Therapeutics' Story

Austin-based Mirna Therapeutics is one of two product development research companies in which CPRIT has equity. Paul Lammers, Mirna’s president and CEO, says the company is conducting clinical trials of synthetic micro-RNA, which occur naturally in human cells and can act as tumor suppressors.