University Hospitals Case Medical Center has received a generous $2 million gift from former Steris Corp. CEO Les Vinney and his wife, Linda. The funds will be used to help strengthen its work in cancer genetics.
In announcing the gift, University Hospitals said that the Linda and Les Vinney Biorepository and Genomics Facility "will play a key role in advancing genomic knowledge and hastening important discoveries and new cancer therapies."
Dr. Stan Gerson, director of the UH Seidman Cancer Center and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of medicine and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said in a statement:
“This newly established, state-of-the-art biorepository will fuel the development of novel genetic screening tests, critical in the identification of cancer-causing genetic changes and help us devise precise and effective treatments."
Dr. Gerson also noted that the gift will support "program activities in informatics, biostatistics and cancer genetic counseling, which is critical for families with multiple cancers, giving hope to patients diagnosed with cancer now, and for generations to come."
Linda Vinney, a retired genetic counselor, and Les Vinney have long been advocates for the importance of medical innovation and compassionate genetic counseling. Mrs. Vinney held positions at Akron Children's Hospital and Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey.
In a statement, Les Vinney said:
“We believe strongly in the Seidman Cancer Center's commitment to finding a cure for cancer. Advances in cancer genetics will lead to better understanding of risk factors, early diagnosis through genetic testing, and powerful and personalized cures. We are honored to support University Hospitals' physician-scientists and their tireless efforts to make the next major discovery in cancer genetics.”