The fallout from the state’s troubled cancer-fighting agency escalated Tuesday with the announcement that its largest grant recipient— a statewide cancer research network — has ceased operations and fired 30 employees.
The Statewide Clinical Trials Network of Texas, or CTNeT, was a nonprofit cancer research network established in 2010 with a $25.2 million grant from CPRIT. The network included the Baylor College of Medicine, Scott & White Healthcare, Texas Oncology, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, several University of Texas Health Science Centers around the state and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
According to CTNeT’s website, the network served “as a conduit to move targeted therapies and research forward at an accelerated pace, linking cancer patients to novel clinical trials and cancer treatments with the highest potential for benefit and improved outcomes.”
The network ceased operations Monday except for six employees who agreed to be paid minimum wage to wrap up the network’s activities over the next several weeks, according to a CTNeT statement.