Thanks to a $30 million commitment from New York-based Andy Sabin and his family foundation, promising young scientists at MD Anderson can independently pursue high-risk, high-impact research projects with one collective goal: to end cancer.
The Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship Program, through an endowment established by the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, is designed to annually fund up to eight two-year research fellowships, at $100,000 each. The program encourages creative, independent thinking and impactful research. The MD Anderson grant is the foundation’s largest to date.
The gift will help MD Anderson researchers make substantial strides in the fight against cancer, says Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., executive vice president and provost of MD Anderson.
“Without the intellectual curiosity of leading young researchers who have the means to explore nontraditional solutions, progress in the fight against cancer will remain slow,” says Dmitrovsky. “The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation’s legacy gift will help advance research that results in real hope for cancer patients and their loved ones.”
Sabin has served on the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors since 2005 and is president of Sabin Metal Corp., the largest privately owned precious metals refiner and recycler in the country. He devotes much of his time and energy to advocating on a national level for increased cancer research funding and is widely known as an avid environmentalist, conservationist and wildlife enthusiast.
Sabin says he hopes his gift will eliminate the need for highly qualified researchers at MD Anderson to spend “50 percent of their time fundraising to sustain innovative projects.”
“Through this program, they have the opportunity to focus instead on important work that can truly help people who suffer from cancer,” he says.