The Institute acquires Canada's first closed system cell sorter
The Institut du cancer de Montréal is proud to announce the purchase of a unique cell sorter in Canada.
This acquisition represents a huge step forward in the development of a new type of cancer treatment in Quebec: immunotherapy by transfusion of anti-cancer immune cells. It is a personalized and innovative cell therapy treatment whose therapeutic components are drawn from the patients' tumors.
This $ 500,000 closed system cell sorter was funded through the tremendous efforts of members of the Young Ambassadors Circle in the Casino contre le Cancer. This major benefit event was organized in 2012 by Jean-François Séguin, a young professional from Montreal, as he sought a way to honor the memory of his mother, Diane Asselin, who died of cancer at the age of 58 years old. Since the 1st edition in 2012, over $ 650,000 net has been raised for the Diane Asselin Research Fund for Immunotherapy Research at the Institut du cancer de Montréal.
For Jean-François Séguin, as well as for all the young ambassadors of the Institut du cancer de Montréal, cancer research is essential. Dr. Jean-François Cailhier, a professor at the Université de Montréal, a researcher at the CHUM Research Center, a member of the Institut du cancer de Montréal and the Young Ambassadors Circle, believes that to go further in the fight against cancer, we need equipment at the forefront of technology: "This equipment will allow us to bring the medicine of tomorrow to the bedside and thus, to remain a leader in oncology at Canada and even in North America. "
This type of treatment has already shown encouraging results for people with skin cancer who did not respond to traditional treatments. Researchers of the Institut du cancer de Montréal hope to treat their first patients within two years. This state-of-the-art device has been installed in a CHUM room dedicated to cell culture for therapeutic purposes.
On behalf of patients and researchers, the Institute wishes to thank the members of the Young Ambassadors Circle without whom this major investment could not have happened. Among other things, the purchase of this state-of-the-art equipment will enable the Institute to position itself as a powerful and innovative research center dedicated to the fight against cancer in immunotherapy.
In the photo: Dr. Simon Turcotte, surgeon and researcher at the CHUM and member of the Institut du cancer de Montréal, Réjean Lapointe, Ph.D., head of the Cancer Axis at the CHUM Research Center and Scientific Director of the Institut du cancer de Montréal, Dr. Jean-François Cailhier, Professor at the University of Montreal, Researcher at the CHUM Research Center, Member of the Institut du cancer de Montréal and the Young Ambassadors Circle and Sandy Pelletier, Research Officer at the CHUM Research Center and the Institut du cancer de Montréal pose with the cell sorter.