publication date: Oct. 5, 2018
Guest Editorial When your harmonica player wins the Nobel Prize
By Rachel Humphrey
Senior vice president and chief medical officer, CytomX Therapeutics
Lead singer of THE CHECKPOINTS
THE CHECKPOINTS were born in 2007 on an escalator in Chicago. Here’s the story…
Back then, in an oncology era that we’ll fondly call “The Dark Ages,” no one, except a small gaggle of Don Quixotes, believed that the immune system could cure cancer. Immunotherapy stalwarts (like my friends and I) were such outcasts that our presentations at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting were scheduled for the last day of the conference (when just about everyone had already gone home) and assigned to a lecture hall that was too remote for anything but sensible shoes.
In fact, the trip was so laborious that we never bothered to walk it more than once per day. Instead, we just planted ourselves there early in the morning and didn’t leave until lunchtime.
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