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Ambrose Cheung, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Geisel School of Medicine, has received a 2017 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award from the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. The award is one of only a few given annually to top physician-scientists in the U.S. through a rigorous and highly competitive selection process.
The Harrington Discovery Institute is part of the Harrington Project for Discovery and Development, a $300-million national initiative designed to be a resource for promising physician-scientists in an effort to advance discoveries into medicines that improve human health.
“I’m very pleased and excited—this is exactly the kind of support that is needed to bridge the gap that exists between making discoveries in the lab and introducing clinical treatments that can help patients,” says Cheung about the award, which will provide up to $700,000 to the Cheung Lab over the next two years.
Importantly, Cheung will also have access to the Harrington Discovery Institute’s Innovation Support Center, which offers drug development expertise and project management support, as well as connections to commercialization partners, through its advisory panel of experts who have held leadership positions in the pharmaceutical industry. While scholars will have access to all panel members and the center’s full suite of services, each will work with a mentor to develop a specific project plan to help them advance their research into the clinical realm.