Scientific Founders

Charles Sawyers, M.D.

Founder

Professor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Sawyers is a physician-scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who has led the discovery and development of multiple cancer therapies, including imatinib (Gleevec®), dasatinib (Sprycel®), and the recently approved prostate cancer drug enzalutamide (Xtandi®). Dr. Sawyers is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, past President of the American Association for Cancer Research, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. For his work at Memorial Sloan Kettering and nearly two decades at UCLA advancing molecularly targeted therapies, he has received numerous honors and awards. These include the Landon-AACR Prize for Translational Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Karnofsky Memorial Award, and the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award. Dr. Sawyers received his M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his B.A. from Princeton University.

Scott Lowe, Ph.D.

Founder

Professor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Lowe serves as the Chair of the Cancer Biology and Genetics Program, Chair of the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center, and an Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Lowe’s research has made important contributions to our understanding of the p53 tumor suppressor network, as well as the processes of multi-step carcinogenesis, cellular senescence, and tumor-cell drug resistance. Dr. Lowe’s work has been recognized by the Sydney Kimmel Foundation Scholar Award, a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar Award, the AACR Outstanding Investigator Award, and the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, among others. He has been inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Dr. Lowe was a member of the faculty at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Dr. Lowe received his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.