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Academic Clinical Trials Program (ACT)

ACT is now closed. Thank you for submitting your Letters of Intent.


LLS recognizes the scientific and clinical merit of research developed and conducted by independent investigators affiliated with academic institutions.

The LLS ACT initiative is a clinical trial award program designed to develop cutting edge treatments that will have meaningful impact for blood cancer patients. These awards will fund clinical trials, up to $1M USD over a period of up to three years.

LLS is seeking truly novel advances. The LLS ACT initiative is designed to develop experimental agents to address unmet medical needs, expand the use of approved therapeutics, and improve the use of novel treatment regimens in clinical settings.


*Find out more about the ACT application process or browse our resources for current ACT awardees (coming soon).


Meet some of our first ACT awardees below:

Dr. Dhodapkar


Pilot trial of microbial targeting to prevent myeloma

Madhav Dhodapkar, MBBS

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Epstein-Peterson


Targeting mutant IDH2 in angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma

Zachary Epstein-Peterson, MD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York, New York

Dr. Fehniger


NK cell immunotherapy to reduce relapse after haploidentical transplant for high-risk pediatric AML

Todd Fehniger, MD PhD

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, Washington


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