Canadian Scientist Emerges as One of the Awardees For 2024 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Michel Sadelain, a University of Alberta alumnus, is one of the 2023 awardees for the 2024 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences based on his findings on how to treat cancer with T-cells.

The Breakthrough Prizes are considered the largest science awards worldwide. The prizes are split into five main categories with each category having $3 million.

Sadelain was recognized along with 7 other scientists and they will be celebrated at the 10th annual Breakthrough Prize scheduled to be held on April 13, 2024, in Los Angeles, California.

About his work

Sadelain’s award-winning cancer-fighting immunotherapy harnesses a patient’s T-cells to target and eliminate cancer cells, revolutionizing cancer treatment. 

His journey began in 1986 at the University of Alberta, where he conceptualized this groundbreaking approach. 

Sadelain’s motivation extends beyond personal connections to cancer patients; he aims to demonstrate that cells can serve as medicine, challenging the traditional pharmaceutical paradigm. 

His pioneering work has prompted pharmaceutical companies to invest in cell-based therapies, and he anticipates further advancements in tailoring T-cells for various cancers and autoimmune diseases.


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