Tribpedia: Cancer Prevention And Research Institute Of Texas (CPRIT)

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, was created after Texans approved Proposition 15, a constitutional amendment passed in 2007 authorizing the state to issue bonds to fund cancer research and prevention. It was empowered to spend as much as $3 billion over 10 years, making it the second-largest taxpayer-funded cancer research organization in the country.

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Former Cancer Agency Official Found Not Guilty

Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.
Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.

A former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas was found not guilty Tuesday by a 12-member jury in Austin. He had been accused of deceiving colleagues in order to secure an $11 million grant for a biotechnology firm.

Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.
Former CPRIT executive Jerry Cobbs sits inside the 147th District Court with attorneys Jenny Brevorka and Rusty Hardin before opening arguments in his trial on Aug. 18, 2015.

Prosecutor: State Cancer Official Deceived Agency

A Travis County prosecutor on Tuesday asked a jury to convict Jerry Cobbs, a former high-ranking official with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, of securing an $11 million grant for a biotechnology firm “by fraud.”

Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown, at a February Texas Tribune event.
Sen. Charles Schwertner R-Georgetown, at a February Texas Tribune event.

HHS Committee Releases Interim Recommendations

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services released a series of recommendations late Monday for the 2015 legislative session. Among those recommendations: a push to renew the "transformational" Medicaid waiver that, among other things, helps reimburse hospitals for the emergency care they provide to the uninsured.

Donna Fehl, right, and Lilia Avila, left, of the Rose unload and set up a mobile mamogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.
Donna Fehl, right, and Lilia Avila, left, of the Rose unload and set up a mobile mamogram machine at a clinic in Port Arthur, Texas, Monday, November 11, 2013.

With Moratorium Lifted, CPRIT Looks Toward Its Future

More than 10 months after state leaders halted grant operations at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas amid allegations of cronyism and misspent money, the state’s $3 billion enterprise is getting back to the business of fighting cancer — with restructured leadership.

CPRIT Operations Moratorium Lifted Following Reforms

Following months of reform, Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Strauss announced the end of a December 2012 moratorium on the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas that halted its grant operations and contract work. 

Current and former CPRIT Oversight Committee members testify before the House Transparency Committee on April 9, 2013.
Current and former CPRIT Oversight Committee members testify before the House Transparency Committee on April 9, 2013.

House Panel Grills CPRIT Oversight Committee

Members of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas’ oversight committee were grilled Tuesday by a House panel that asked about their involvement with an affiliated foundation’s decision to rebrand itself.

Video: Grant Recipients Monitoring CPRIT Debate

The proposed overhaul of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has made it through the state Senate. Lawmakers in the upper chamber approved reforming the agency after an audit found that CPRIT had awarded millions of dollars in grants without proper peer review. It’s less clear if House members are ready to do the same. Those who have benefited from CPRIT say that with biotech research dollars tough to come by these days, the institute is needed more than ever.

Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, grimaces as she lays out her CPRIT reform bill in the Senate on April 3, 2013.
Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, grimaces as she lays out her CPRIT reform bill in the Senate on April 3, 2013.

Senate Approves CPRIT Reform Legislation

The Texas Senate unanimously approved two bills on Wednesday to reform the beleaguered Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas amid continuing controversy over grant awards.

Associate Professor Sung Jung uses mass spectrometers to measure protein in cancer cells at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Monday, February 11, 2013. Baylor College of Medicine received a $6 million CPRIT grant to purchase advanced laboratory infrastructure and pay researchers to measure all of the metabolites and proteins in cancer cells at the same time.
Associate Professor Sung Jung uses mass spectrometers to measure protein in cancer cells at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Monday, February 11, 2013. Baylor College of Medicine received a $6 million CPRIT grant to purchase advanced laboratory infrastructure and pay researchers to measure all of the metabolites and proteins in cancer cells at the same time.

Updated: Despite Moratorium, CPRIT Board Moves Forward

The oversight board for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas decided to move forward on contract negotiations for $183 million in approved grants that have been stalled by a moratorium placed on grants in December.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/18/13

Grissom begins a gripping series on mental health and criminal justice, Hamilton and White on the Senate’s defense of UT-Austin, Murphy’s interactive look at public school test scores, Ramshaw finds the governor digging in on the Medicaid expansion, Rocha and Dehn visit a weapons maker with Ted Cruz, M. Smith explores another angle on unpopular standardized testing, Batheja on a car that drives right past state laws, Aguilar reports on the other immigration problem, Aaronson on a break in the race for a cancer cure: The best of our best for the week of February 18-22, 2012.