Innovative treatment approaches that hold the promise to cure disease are oftentimes considered too risky and lack the necessary funding and resources. Yet the disease burden continues to grow, imposing tremendous costs in both lives and money. In particular, the prevalence of autoimmune diseases and allergies is increasing, and five-year cancer survival rates are virtually unchanged from 20 years ago despite an intensive four-decade effort. By 2030, cancer is expected to become the leading cause of death in the United States, surpassing heart disease.
Immunotherapies are one of the most promising developments to treat and cure these diseases, but there are currently significant financial and organizational barriers to their expansion. The Parker Foundation is committed to investing in new models and research in order to accelerate novel immunotherapies and treatment strategies to market that have the potential to improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and save millions of lives per year.
Who We Work With
The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy is an unprecedented collaboration of the world's leading cancer centers, all working together to cure cancer once and for all. The Institute brings together the world’s top scientists, clinicians, and industry partners to lead a smart, coordinated cancer immunotherapy research effort to take discoveries from bench to clinical trials to bedside faster.
The Sean N. Parker Autoimmune Research Laboratory at UCSF is devoted to understanding autoimmunity and laying the groundwork for new treatments of diseases ranging from type 1 diabetes to multiple sclerosis to rheumatoid arthritis.
Through a $5 million grant from The Parker Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and the Cancer Research Institute formed the Immunotherapy Dream Team of researchers dedicated to the clinical development of immune-based therapies to fight cancer.
The Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University is the first center of its kind. It aims to not only find better treatments for children and adults with allergies, but to discover underlying immune mechanisms against the disease and develop a lasting cure.
Cancer Research Institute
The Cancer Research Institute is the world's only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to harnessing the immune system's power to conquer all cancers.
University of California San Francisco
Research at the Immunology Program at University of California San Francisco will expand the understanding of autoimmune disease mechanisms in order to develop new therapies to improve treatments and reduce costs.
Weill Cornell Medical College
Weill Cornell Medical College provides care to patients with voice disorders and supports research geared at improving our understanding of voice disorders and developing new therapies.