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Merck Announces Recipients of Third Annual EUR1 Million 'Grant for Oncology Innovation' Award

Darmstadt, Germany (ots/PRNewswire) - Not intended for UK- or UK-based media

- Grant established by Merck recognizes pioneering research in 
  personalized treatment of solid tumors 
- Winners selected by internationally renowned oncologists from 405 
  applications representing 49 countries   

Merck, a leading science and technology company, today announced the recipients of the 2016 Grant for Oncology Innovation (GOI), who will share a EUR1 million grant to progress their respective research initiatives. The winners were formally awarded yesterday evening at an award presentation coinciding with the 2016 annual European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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The three winning proposals, which focus on breast cancer, colorectal cancer and lung cancer, were selected from a total of 405 applications representing 49 countries, following a comprehensive review by an expert scientific steering committee made up of internationally renowned oncologists.

The 2016 GOI winners are:

- Alberto Bardelli, University of Torino, Italy, for his proposal: 
  'Heterogeneity and clonal evolution as a therapeutic opportunity 
  for colorectal cancers'
- Enriqueta Felip, Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology, Spain, for 
  her proposal: 'New technologies for new treatments: liquid biopsy 
  meets immunotherapy'
- Dr Dongxu Liu, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand for 
  his proposal: 'How does SHON* expression in tumors determine the 
  efficacy of endocrine therapy in breast cancer?' 

"The Grant for Oncology Innovation is an example of Merck's commitment to scientific innovation in oncology. We are proud to support pioneering work that pushes the boundaries of creativity and science in order to deliver transformative innovation with a potential to improve the lives of cancer patients in the near-term future," said Dr Steven Hildemann, Global Chief Medical Officer and Head of Global Medical and Safety at Merck´s Biopharma business. "We are honored to recognize these talented and inspiring researchers and to play a role in enabling these innovative projects to become a reality."

These awards mark the third successful year for GOI. Every year, Merck offers grants totaling EUR1 million through the GOI program. More information about the GOI can be found online at:

Merck is committed to rewarding innovation and new thinking that could further advance the field of medicine. To learn more about the variety of innovation grants that Merck offers, visit:

*Secreted hominoid-specific oncogene (SHON), an estrogen-regulated gene.

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