Press Releases

October 12, 2017

The National Institutes of Health and 11 leading biopharmaceutical companies today launched the Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT), a five-year public-private research collaboration totaling $215 million as part of the Cancer Moonshot. PACT will initially focus on efforts to identify, develop and validate robust biomarkers — standardized biological markers of disease and treatment response — to advance new immunotherapy treatments that harness the immune system to attack cancer. The partnership will be managed by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), with the Food and Drug Administration serving in an advisory role.

September, 28 2017

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is proud to announce that President and Executive Director Maria C. Freire, Ph.D. has won a Washington Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award. Now in its 14th year, this prestigious award honors the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s most influential business women across every industry and profession.

September 20, 2017

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is proud to recognize Richard J. Hodes, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), an institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Eli Lilly & Company (Lilly) as recipients of the second annual Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award.

May 9, 2017

The Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has unanimously elected Fred Seigel as a new member. Mr. Seigel is President and Chief Operating Officer of Beacon Capital Partners, a private real estate investment company based in Boston.

April 4, 2017

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has selected David M. Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D., to receive its fifth annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for discovery of the mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) cellular pathway as a key regulator of growth and metabolism in response to nutrients. Dr. Sabatini is a pioneer in the study of nutrient sensing and the impact of caloric restriction on health and lifespan. The Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be presented to Dr. Sabatini at the FNIH Award Ceremony hosted by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on May 17 in Washington, D.C.

December 21, 2016

Driven to Cure, Inc., a not-for-profit dedicated to raising awareness and funding rare kidney cancer research in children and young adults, has donated $200,000 to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). The donation will support the research of W. Marston Linehan, M.D., Chief of Urologic Surgery and the Urologic Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), who is developing novel approaches to treat multiple forms of kidney cancer.

October 19, 2016

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has selected two longstanding, private-sector partners — Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Pfizer — as recipients of the inaugural Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award. Honoring 20 years of advancing biomedical research under the leadership of former Chairman of the Board Charles A. Sanders, M.D., the award recognizes persons and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to the FNIH’s work to build, implement and nurture private-public partnerships in support of the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

September 8, 2016

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) announces that patient advocacy groups, private foundations, companies and individual donors have again united in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by donating more than $14 million to launch the third phase of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI3). Now in its 12th year, this public- private partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has profoundly influenced the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease by identifying and validating biological markers (biomarkers) that signal its onset and progression. Current supporters of ADNI3 are AbbVie, Alzheimer’s Association, Bioclinica, Biogen, Cogstate, DiamiR Biosciences, Eisai, Genentech (a member of the Roche Group), Janssen R&D, LLC, Lundbeck, Merck & Company, Inc., PeopleBio, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Roche, Servier and Takeda. The FNIH anticipates raising a total of $20 million to fund the project.

June 28, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has unanimously elected Board member Steven M. Paul, M.D., as the new Chairman. Dr. Paul’s term began immediately following the May 19, 2016 Board meeting. Dr. Paul succeeds Charles A. Sanders, M.D., who has served as Chairman since 1997 and will remain a member of the Board. In addition, Thomas R. Insel, M.D., and Paul Stoffels, M.D., were elected as new Board members.

February 16, 2016

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has selected Jeannie T. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., as the 2016 winner of the Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for uncovering the functions of long, noncoding RNA (lncRNA) in epigenetic regulation.