In an innovative approach to treatment, Dr. Jim Olson, a pediatric brain cancer specialist at Seattle Children’s and co-founder of Blaze Bioscience Inc., has been working to create Tumor Paint™ technology designed to enter cancer cells throughout the body, causing them to shine brightly. The most amazing part? A compound in the product is derived from scorpion venom. Soon to enter human clinical trials, this method of lighting up tumor cells could potentially increase efficiency in surgery by pinpointing cancer cells and avoiding unnecessary cutting. In August, Olson, also a researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, launched Project Violet, a unique program that uses crowd sourced funding to research and develop new drugs for cancer and other diseases. The project encourages the public to get involved by adopting a candidate drug molecule and watching it progress through the cycles of discovery and perhaps even clinical trials.
Presented by: Town Hall, in partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center through the Seattle Science Lectures.
Learn more: About Olson.