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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 05:32 AM

Texas cancer agency OK’d $11 million grant without review

Leaders of Texas’ embattled $3 billion cancer-fighting effort approved an $11 million grant to a biomedical company even though the proposal wasn’t reviewed, according to an internal audit that deepens the troubles of a state agency that has been denounced in recent months by some of the world’s top scientists.

The discovery was uncovered during an internal review of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The award to Peloton Therapeutics Inc. in 2010 was among first ever handed out by the agency, and remains one of its largest taxpayer-funded grants to date.

Tim Kutzkey, Peloton’s acting chief executive officer, declined comment and referred questions to the institute. In a statement, the agency said the Dallas-based company was unaware that “CPRIT processes had not been followed.”

The cancer institute is home to the nation’s second largest pot of cancer-research money, behind only the National Institutes of Health, and has awarded nearly $700 million. But it has come under intensifying scrutiny as several scientists, including two Nobel laureates, resigned in protest claiming the agency was charting a new politically driven path that put commercial interests before science.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/texas-cancer-agency-okd-11-million-grant-without-r/nTJp3/

Who would expect anything different from Perry and his cronies?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:25 AM

1. K&R

We need to weed out the frauds as fast as we can.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:09 AM

2. As I've said before

Rick Perry and all his minions need to be audited constantly. Sued. And then jailed.

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Response to They_Live (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 01:58 PM

3. I support your plan

And I bet if the people of Texas were really paying attention they would too. If we had a media that focused on these scandals 24/7 just for Texas - we might be able to clean this up.

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