Focus on cancer

Only 1 out of 4 patients used to survive cancer 50 years ago. Research has since improved our understanding of the disease and helped us to develop new therapies. Now, the survival rate is about 1 out of 2(*). While we have come a long way, there is still a long way to go.

(*) Cancer Research UK, 2020

The incidence of cancer will continue to rise due to factors such as ageing and the environment. By 2025, 1 out of 3 men and 1 out of 4 women (*) in developed countries will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

(*), 2020

The earlier a cancer is diagnosed and treated, the higher the survival and complete remission rates will be. Anticipating the disease, making an early diagnosis and rolling out a targeted, personalised therapeutic arsenal are our best hope to save lives.

The crucial role of research

Present therapies are the fruit of past research.
To win the war on cancer, we are constantly on the lookout for the most promising innovations
in order to bring them from bench to bedside.

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Cancer research can be frustrating

Cancer cells can sometimes overcome the effects of treatment through their insidious ability to escape, adapt and develop resistance.

Frustration as a patient

How can it be that we are still unable to cure all cancers after funnelling so many resources into research? Patients who face this insidious disease with many faces want effective and tolerable solutions… and they want them soon.

Frustration as a researcher

After patenting a discovery, a researcher needs to find new sources of funding. Not all researchers are natural-born entrepreneurs. Far too often, exciting projects end up floundering due to a lack of resources or unfamiliarity with the stages of development.

Frustration as a donor

What exactly will my donation be used for? What percentage of it goes towards covering operating expenses? How can I measure the impact of my donation? Is the project making good progress? These legitimate concerns on donors’ minds sometimes go unanswered.

Our unique approach to this problem

Following a careful selection of promising projects, we help laureates to make the leap to entrepreneurship and turn their discoveries into tangible solutions. As well as providing funds (up to €2M per project), the Foundation puts them in touch with business administration experts and a multidisciplinary scientific network.

We keep our donors updated on how the projects are coming along with complete transparency. Our 100% model means that every last cent or penny donated goes to the projects.

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Help us and support the "Karine and Henry" project

Karine (age 31) has ovarian cancer, while Henry (64) suffers from colorectal cancer.
These diseases have very poor outcomes. Over 560,000 people are diagnosed with these cancers in Europe every year (*). The Foundation has identified and selected a team that is developing an immunotherapy for these two cancers.

Your donation will fund important stages in its progression to the clinical phase.
Help us to save the lives of people like Karine and Henry.

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(*) Globocan 2018 - Europe: ovarian cancer = 67,771 cases; colorectal cancer = 499,667 cases