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Special Event Celebrates Career of PICI Center Director Carl H. June, MD

PICI hosts film screening, Q&A in honor of the CAR T-cell research pioneer

SAN FRANCISCO – The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (PICI) hosted a special event March 11 celebrating Carl H. June, MD, center director of PICI at the University of Pennsylvania, and his groundbreaking work and career.

More than 500 people attended the gathering at the Presidio Theatre, which included a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, “Of Medicine and Miracles.” The feature-length film depicts Dr. June’s pioneering research and its lifesaving effect on 6-year-old Emily Whitehead, the first pediatric patient in the world to receive chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy for relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

After the screening, PICI Founder and Chairman Sean Parker moderated a lively Q&A featuring Dr. June and his research partner Dr. Bruce Levine, as well as Ross Kauffman, the film’s Academy Award-winning director.

We want to thank everyone who joined us in recognizing Dr. June and his pioneering career. Thanks, also, to those who donated to support the event, particularly PICI Board Member Jeff Huber and his company Triatomic Capital.

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