Chief: Texas' Battered $3B Cancer Effort Endures 10/24/12
October 24, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The head of an embattled $3 billion cancer-fighting fund in Texas says the state has learned from a controversy that has shaken one of the nation's biggest troughs of research dollars.
Executive Director Bill Gimson on Wednesday opened the annual meeting of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. He said the agency will flourish despite being wracked by an internal uproar.
Nearly three dozen scientists have cut ties with the agency in recent weeks. They were peer reviewers, many of whom were critical of a $20 million award they say was pushed through because of politics.
Gimson has denied those accusations. He told attendees the agency has `listened' in wake of the fallout and is committed to safeguarding the integrity of the fund.