Mass. leaders detail biotech agreements
BOSTON—Massachusetts and European researchers plan to study new methods to detect throat lesions before they become cancerous.
State Senate President Therese Murray announced the initiative on Tuesday at the ongoing BIO International Convention being held in Boston. Researchers from Finland, Northern Ireland and the Catalonia region of Spain will be involved in the research effort, which has received a $300,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
The collaboration is being led by Dr. Ramon Franco of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Researchers hope to develop non-invasive procedures to detect pre-malignant lesions and identify patients at risk of throat cancer without unnecessary surgery.
Murray also announced on Tuesday that Massachusetts has been selected by the European Commission to host an October conference on health care information technology.