Texas cancer research funding effort may shift to startups

The Cancer and Prevention Research Institute of Texas, launched in 2007, may soon start spending more of its $3 billion in taxpayer-funded grant money on private startups and less on academic research. The Associated Press reports that CPRIT has awarded $647 million in grants so far to 385 projects, most of which are focused on research, with a small amount going toward breast cancer screenings and other prevention efforts. But pressure is on to move more of the grants toward startups, in order to demonstrate that the program is producing results. Story