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New lab aiming to cure cancer opens at UMD School of Medicine

Posted: 9:05 AM, Apr 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-30 14:10:28Z

A new state-of-the-art facility aimed at allowing scientists to find cures for various forms of cancer is opening on Monday.

The Fannie Angelos Cellular Therapeutics Lab is at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and was made possible by a $1 million gift from Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos, whose sister died of cancer. 

Scientists plan on using the million-dollar lab to create the next breakthrough cancer cure, cells that will use a patient's own immune system to attack and eliminate cancer. Right now, this type of cancer therapy must be made at other labs and then shipped to Maryland. 

The lab will also be used to find other ways to engineer cells to fight other illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. 

Governor Hogan is scheduled to speak at the grand opening. He's no stranger to the disease, he had his own bout with cancer and survived twice. 

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Also at the event will be patients who have been treated successfully with cancer immunotherapy.