Showing posts with label CPRIT Foundation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CPRIT Foundation. Show all posts

Sunday, April 21, 2013

CPRIT: A former congressman joined its board

CPRIT: A former congressman joined its board

PETE GEREN  a well known  former Democratic congressman from the Fort Worth counties, has been named to the CPRIT governing board.  He will bring much needed dynamism and fortitude to CPRIT.
He was nominated by the Speaker of the House of Representative Joe Straus to replace TOM LUCE who is now the new chief operating officer of the O’Donnell Foundation since April 1st, 2013.  The Dallas foundation of philanthropist Peter O’Donnell and his wife Edith, is reported to have contributed more than $600 million over the past 30 years to support scientific research and education.  Their link to CPRIT has been controversial at best!
In other related news, Jay Maguire, a lobbyist with long ties to Tobacco companies, was hired 3 months ago by the CPRIT Foundation, now called the Texas Cancer Coalition.
Observers have been proud of changes and the new direction that CPRIT has taken overall. We wish this important organization for Texas well!

Thursday, February 28, 2013


The foundation has been deemed a NON Government body by the District Attorney.
A senator had requested that files from the CPRIT Foundation be opened under Disclosure rules and the Foundation had refused to comply, claiming it was a non government institution because of its private funding source.  The district Attorney was asked to rule on the matter.  Now she has ruled for the foundation.
Reportedly, the Senator has not given up and has requested the Senate make the foundation a Government institution.  We at CRBCM are just watching the power play.  These games will just delay the fight for the CURE (if any).  Meanwhile budget discussion for new funding for CPRIT was once again by-passed, and the remaining 183 Million $ are still frozen.  There is a growing concern about the future of CPRIT and Health programs are caught in this messy uncertainty!
2 major officials are still waiting to be deposed by investigators while the criminal investigation is ongoing! They reportedly were not heard by the senate because doing so would have given them automatic immunity protections.

The Audit is still ongoing and still discovering new irregularities, with over 300 more funded projects to review, they have their work cut out!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

CPRIT Foundation releases donor list

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The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Foundation — the nonprofit that adds to the salaries of CPRIT executives — on Thursday released a copy of its donor list, which shows big-name companies like Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past three years.
To view the full list in PDF form, click here.
Lawmakers, in a December Texas House Committee Meeting, voiced concern over opaqueness at the CPRIT Foundation. More hearings are supposed to take place, and an auditor report is due this month.
Meanwhile, the future of the $3 billion institute seems uncertain. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus sent a letter last month to CPRIT's Oversight Committee calling on the agency to fully address concerns that have been raised about the organization.
Jimmy Mansour, the committee's chairman, and Dr. Joseph Bailes, the vice chairman, issued a joint statement Dec. 19 endorsing the call for a moratorium on CPRIT grants until public confidence has been restored.
Bayan Raji covers health care.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and CPRIT Foundation

in Texas.CPRIT

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CPRIT Foundation
As I am sure you are aware, recent media reports have raised issues
 and concerns about the operations of the Cancer Prevention and 
Research Institute (CPRIT) and its relationship to the CPRIT Foundation.
  As those stories have come to light, Texas legislators and members
 of the media have asked us to release the names of our donors and the amounts of their contributions.  Thus far, we have honored the 
Donors’ Bill of Rights we adopted to protect your privacy and 

However, the Executive Director of the Institute has received the 

same requests and has now formally asked that we provide him that information.  We feel it is important to comply.  This list of all 
donors’ names and contributions will be sent to state leadership,
 legislators, and the media later this week.

Under the circumstances, we believe it is in the best interests of CPRIT to release these names.  It is important to avoid even the appearance of impropriety and to protect the integrity of the institute.

We wanted you to know in advance that we are taking this action.  

As a reminder, if you were a sponsor of one of our events or the annual conference you have already been listed publicly (signage, programs, 
 etc.) as a donor to the Foundation.

Thank you for your contributions in support of the CPRIT Foundation.  Through your generosity, we are able to provide crucial 

financial assistance for the groundbreaking, lifesaving work in all areas
 of cancer prevention and research being done through the Cancer 
Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and we look forward to 
 continuing this important work in the future.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Jennifer Stevens
Executive Director
CPRIT Foundation
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