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Igor Roninson brought 10 scientists and Senex Biotechnology, a cancer drug discovery company, to the University of South Carolina in 2011 when he was named the new SmartState Endowed Chair in Translational Cancer Therapeutics. But the South Carolina College of Pharmacy professor, who was named a Breakthrough Leadership in Research awardee by the Office of the Vice President for Research, was just getting started in building infrastructure that would enhance cancer research throughout the state.

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DavidEagertonDr. David Eagerton’s interest in colon cancer began when he was a grad student in college, where Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) Director Frank Berger was his mentor.  Although he later ended up studying toxicology, colon cancer came into his life again when his wife was diagnosed at the early age of 32.  “We were very fortunate because we caught it early” says David.  “She is a colon cancer survivor.”

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Amy with her goddaughterThis story is everyone’s worst nightmare: going to the doctor and learning that you have a life-threatening illness; learning you have CANCER. Thanks to the Center for Colon Cancer’s (CCCR) screening program, Amy’s story has a happy ending! 

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