“Roswell Park Cancer Institute launched a clinical trial that will assess CIMAvax-EGF, a novel Cuban-developed immunotherapy for lung cancer.
“This is the first time an American center received FDA authorization to sponsor a clinical trial offering a Cuban-made therapy to U.S. patients. Researchers are working to accelerate the process of this and other innovative therapies to patients worldwide through a historic new business venture with the Cuban research institute.”
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“Amid a historic normalizing of relations between the United States and Cuba, a potentially game-changing step was recently taken in the field of lung cancer research.
“When thinking about cutting-edge scientific innovation, Cuba may not immediately come to mind. Relations between the United States and the small island nation to the south of Florida grew tense during the height of the Cold War, and the two countries have been locked in a trade embargo since 1962. Only very recently have diplomatic relations thawed, opening the door for collaboration.
“A mystery to generations of Americans, Cuba is often thought of as being stuck in a bygone era. Having made multiple trips to Cuba over the last three years, I can tell you that is not the case.”