Searching for a Cure
A Game-Changing Gift for BIDMC and Cancer Research
This fall, Pamela W. and Nino Micozzi made an extraordinary gift of $2 million to support the research of Pier Paolo Pandolfi, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Cancer Center and the Cancer Research Institute, as well as the Campus Transformation Fund to advance the medical center’s top priorities. Through their gift, the Micozzis have enhanced Pandolfi’s ability to advance his mission of revolutionizing cancer research by creating novel therapeutics to effectively slow, halt, or reverse the disease completely. “This work is very important to us,” says Nino Micozzi. “BIDMC is an extraordinary place, and we care deeply about its success.”
The Micozzis first met Pandolfi in 2011 on the evening he was honored with the prestigious Pezcoller Foundation-American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) International Award for Cancer Research, which has often been a precursor to receiving the Nobel Prize in Medicine. They were immediately inspired by his commitment to his work. “He has such passion and determination to cure cancer and that was very impressive to us,” recalls Pamela Micozzi. Since that night, the couple’s relationship with Pandolfi has grown closer as they learned more about his groundbreaking laboratory studies. The Micozzis also realized how much they have in common with Pandolfi—from a commitment to advancing science to their shared Italian heritage. Pandolfi is recognized as a Knight by the Republic of Italy.
As a world-renowned cancer geneticist and cell biologist who has received more than 30 national and international honors, Pandolfi has conducted work leading to major breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of different types of cancers. An international leader in the nascent field of non-coding RNA, he co-founded the Institute for RNA Medicine at BIDMC, an effort that the Micozzis supported with a remarkable gift of $500,000 in 2013. “Like most people, we have been deeply affected by the loss of loved ones to cancer—not only family members but dear friends as well,” says Pamela Micozzi. “That is why this work is so meaningful to us.”