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About Canary Foundation

Canary Foundation was founded in 2004 by Don Listwin, a successful high-technology executive who lost his mother to misdiagnosed ovarian cancer. Don discovered that although almost $10 billion is spent annually on cancer research in the United States, the vast majority is allocated to developing new cancer treatments and caring for patients. Surprisingly, little funding is available to researchers investigating new ways to detect cancer it at its earliest, curable stages. Don made a commitment to use his time, energy, expertise, enthusiasm, professional network, and his own family foundation's resources to build a non-profit organization that will succeed at the creation of an early warning system for cancer. His ongoing passion is to build the foundation that connects the very best cancer researchers with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists so that their breakthroughs will have chances of saving lives. Don recruited Dr.Lee Hartwell, 2001 Nobel Laureate, to help form the Canary Science Team from the most outstanding, scientifically researchers available from various disciplines. Science team members come from widely different fields and institutions to meet on a regular basis where they share ideas and breakthroughs. Canary has devised a simple process to provide money and tools for team members to accomplish their stated goals at a rapid pace and with directly applicable results. Tools include software to share data, dedicated websites, project management support, quarterly collaboration meetings and project reviews. One of a decisions the Science Team made was to choose ovarian cancer as a prototype for creating an early detection blood test to detect trace amounts of proteins called biomarkers produced by cancer. Ovarian cancer was chosen as it is generally considered asymptomatic until late stage and has relatively low occurrence. Knowledge, techniques, and data gathered from the Ovarian Cancer Program are being leveraged to expand into other types of cancers (Pancreatic, Prostate and Lung). In addition to blood tests, the Science Team is working on advancing imaging techniques and agents for general body scanning technology using PET, Ultrasound and other imaging modalities for pinpointing the exact cancer location in order to eradicate it while it is still small and before it has spread. Canary hopes that by delivering on a effective test for early detection of cancer it will spur a dramatic increase of funds into the early detection field from the National Cancer Institute and the venture capital community so that products based on this research will arrive faster and save millions of lives per year.

Canary Foundation Headquarter Location

333 West Santa Clara Street

San Jose, California, 95113,

United States


Latest Canary Foundation News

Canary Point creates foundation indigents to access quality education

Sep 17, 2021

Businessday Ng - Canary Point creates foundation indigents to access quality education Sep 17, 2021 L-R, Chief Operating Officer, Canary Point Corporate Services, Mrs. Tolu Oke; Joyce Ekeh, Social Media Lead, Sponsor A Child Through School Foundation (SACTS); Chief Operating Officer SACTS, Mrs. Nike Richie-Ogbodu; and Head Strategy and Business Performance, Canary Point Corporate Service, Emmanuel Bassey at the launch of Canary Foundation and N5m donation to SACTS. Share Canary Point Corporate Services has partnered with Sponsor a Child Through School Foundation (SACTS) through its CSR initiative, Canary Foundation, to identify children in orphanages and less privileged communities for scholarship opportunities to school up to tertiary institution. At the launch of Canary Foundation, Tolu Oke, Chief Operating Officer of Canary Point Corporate Services, said, “The goal for us as a foundation and as a responsible organisation is the full development of every child, we will continue to play our part in providing life changing opportunities through quality education”. Through the partnership, Canary Foundation have had the opportunity to be part of the educational journey of some wonderful children, so far, they have 17 children on their sponsorship list who are in various stages of education in the secondary and tertiary school system. The Foundation’s mantra is “Securing the future of tomorrow’s leaders’ and the foundation hopes that the interaction with the children will be a life-long journey to the point where the beneficiaries of the foundation today become mentors and sponsor other children in future to ensure the sustainability of the vision. A cheque of N5 million was presented to the SACTS foundation with an assurance of continuous support towards the education of the beneficiaries. The Chief Operating Officer of SACTS, Nike Richie-Ogbodu, received the donation and in her remarks said, “I am deeply grateful to Canary Foundation for coming through at the time that funds were needed to support the children. The resultant effect of the pandemic made it hard for the beneficiaries who are late starters to get education. On our part we will ensure that the children get all the motivation they need to excel”. Canary Point Corporate Services is a financial services group of companies which provides a diversified range of services such as Business financing, Remittances, Banking and Bureau De change. Share Subscribe

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