September 26, 2017

Big Idea

Bridge Project

THE BRIDGE PROJECT was hatched by MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research in Cambridge and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in Boston to encourage more collaboration between cancer researchers from MIT and Harvard-affiliated hospitals and schools. Their aim is to tackle cancers that have been tough to treat, such as pancreatic and brain cancer, and to move new treatment strategies into the clinic. The Project’s co-leaders, David Livingston of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Tyler Jacks of the MIT Koch Institute, spoke with Xconomy about how the idea for the Project came about and the challenges of getting two institutions to collaborate.

David Livingston of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (left) and Tyler Jacks of the MIT Koch Institute (right) • Photography by Alex Gagne and Rythum Vinoben