Drug company gives $2M to N.C. Cancer Hospital

Posted December 21, 2009

— Pharmaceutical manufacturers Sanofi-Aventis on Monday pledged $2 million to the N.C. Cancer Hospital Endowment to support the facility's clinical research and patient programs.

"Sanofi-Aventis has been committed to supporting clinical research in key therapeutic areas with a focus on oncology for more than 50 years," company Chief Executive Chris Viehbacher said in a statement.

"This gift will support critical clinical research and program enhancements that will directly benefit cancer patients – both today and for years to come,” Dr. William L. Roper, dean of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive of UNC Health Care System.

Because the hospital, which opened in September, was paid for entirely with state money, Roper said, private gifts to the hospital’s endowment directly benefit patients and programs.

In recognition of the donation, the hospital's conference center has been renamed for Sanofi-Aventis. The four-room suite of conference rooms is the hub of multidisciplinary care, interdisciplinary communication and outreach from UNC, allowing physicians to consult in real-time with referring physicians across the state.


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  • asjdiw Dec 22, 2009

    Fox paying to watch the chicken coop.

    If the drug companies really cared, they would lower prices on their drugs and make drugs for orphan diseases instead of erectile disfunction and toenail fungus. But they are a business. That's why we have the NIH.

  • dohicky Dec 22, 2009

    This is great but you have to remember all the sick people that have to pay a fortune for medicine. The drug companies are extortionist. I previously believed they needed to charge so much to cover development but learned that they got government money (americans monies). I am at the age of retirement and refuse to take a prescription from a physician knowing I can't pay for it when I retire. That or I will die on the job paying for medicine to keep me alive so I can work and pay for the medicine I work for so I can buy the medicine,on and on and on. Of course anyone that has worked and got a home can't afford to go to the specialized cancer treatment facilities either. If they have insurance they can't afford the deductibles. It does really sound nice of this drug company to do this though.

  • Just the facts mam Dec 21, 2009

    I guess this is an example of one of those "bad pharmaceutical companies" that Obama and the Democrats are talking about...