Stanford students win Collegiate Inventors Competition for cancer therapy

3 years ago
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Kipp Weiskopf and Aaron Ring were awarded top prize in the graduate student division of the Collegiate Inventors Competition for their idea of creating high-affinity SIRP-alpha molecules to block the CD47 "don't eat me" signal that keeps macrophage cells from consuming and destroying cancer cells. The molecule has the potential to vastly boost the power and killing potential of existing antibody therapies against a wide variety of cancers. Their advisors are Stanford professors Irv Weissman, MD, and Christopher Garcia, PhD.