Sean Parker and the Parker Foundation Celebrate the Launch of The Parker Institute, LA

Allison Williams & Katy Perry | Photo: Sarah Anderson for Average Socialite
Affair: Sean Parker and the Parker Foundation Celebrate the Launch of The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 7:30PM

Hot Spot: 360 S. Mapleton Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: T
he Parker Foundation announced a $250 million grant to launch the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, a collaboration between many of the country’s best scientists, clinicians and industry partners to lead an unprecedented cancer immunotherapy research effort. The gift is the largest single contribution ever made to the field of immunotherapy.

The Parker Institute’s goal is to accelerate the development of breakthrough immune therapies capable of turning cancer into a curable disease by ensuring the coordination and collaboration of the field’s top researchers and quickly translating their findings into patient treatments.

The Parker Institute includes over 40 laboratories and more than 300 researchers from the country’s leading cancer centers: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Stanford Medicine, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Pennsylvania and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Each Parker Institute research center receives comprehensive funding, access to dedicated research, clinical resources and the key technologies needed to accelerate research discoveries in cancer immunotherapy. In a unique agreement between the centers, the administration of intellectual property will be shared, enabling all researchers to have immediate access to a broad swath of core discoveries. Renowned UC San Francisco immunologist Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, has been named president and CEO of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

ABOUT THE PARKER FOUNDATION The Parker Institute is a partnership between the country’s leading immunologists and cancer centers: Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, Penn Medicine, Stanford, UCLA and UCSF. The Parker Institute allows the top scientists, clinicians, cancer centers, and industry partners in the field of cancer immunology to work together in an unprecedented collaboration—coordinating research, sharing data, standardizing sample collection, and expanding clinical trials in order to accelerate the deployment of new treatments to cancer patients around the world.

Joining Sean and Alexandra Parker as cohosts were Marc Benioff, Nicolas Berggruen, Orlando Bloom, Governor Jerry Brown and Anne Gust, Ray Chambers, Katie Couric, Ron Conway, John Doerr, Jack Dorsey, Ari Emanuel, Lucian Grainge CBE and Caroline Grainge, Ron Howard,Arianna Huffington, Jimmy Iovine, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Michael Milken, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Katy Perry, Sean Penn, Laurene Powell Jobs, Mark Ronson and Anne Wojcicki.

Other celebrity attendees include Tom Hanks (emcee), Bradley Cooper(presenter), Sean Penn (presenter), Connie Britton, Princess Beatrice of York, Emilia Clarke, James Corden, Goldie Hawn, David Guetta, Minka Kelly, Jaime King, Lykke Li, Michelle Monaghan, Aaron & Lauren Paul, Hooper Penn, Dylan Penn, Ryan Seacrest, Allison Williams, Rita Wilson, David Blaine, Samanta Ronson, and more. With special musical performance by John Legend, Lady Gaga and surprise guest The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hint For The Average Socialite: This event is invite only.

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