AUGUSTA, Ga. – U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today met with Georgia Regents University President Dr. Ricardo Azziz and GRU Cancer Center Director Dr. Samir N. Khleif, to receive an overview of the university’s pursuit to become a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.
“Medical innovation and the life sciences sector are increasingly important to Georgia’s economy, and I share GRU’s goal of getting a second federally designated cancer center in Georgia. A second cancer center would be a major step forward, both for bringing more jobs to the state and for discovering better treatments for the 50,000 Georgians who are diagnosed with cancer every year. I look forward to learning more about the progress being made at GRU and how the federal government can assist in helping the university reach this long-term goal,” Isakson said.
NCI-designated cancer centers are at the forefront of cancer treatment and research, developing and translating scientific knowledge from promising laboratory discoveries into new treatments for cancer patients. Georgia is home to only one of the nation’s 66 designated cancer centers, with other states that are similar in population size housing at least two. Neighboring North Carolina has three.
“We are grateful to Senator Isakson for taking time to learn more about our aggressive plans and progress toward NCI-designation. I look forward to continued dialogue in the future,” Azziz added.