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As the senior managing director for the Center for Technology Licensing at Weill Cornell Medicine (CTL), Dr. Lisa Placanica (B.A. ’00, Ph.D. ’09) leads the office responsible for intellectual property and commercialization matters for innovations arising from the institution. Dr. Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, the William J. Ledger, M.D., Distinguished Associate Professor for Infection and Immunology in Obstetrics and Gynecology, received support from the Daedalus Fund for Innovation for his research on a specific protein target in the endoplasmic reticulum stress response pathway as a potential new form of cancer treatment. With the help of CTL, he co-founded an immunotherapy startup that, for several years, pursued the development of first-in-class drugs blocking this pathway.

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