Beckman Research Institute Milestones

The Beckman Research Institute is dedicated.

Arthur Riggs, Ph.D., and Shmuel Cabilly, Ph.D., demonstrate the feasibility and describe a method for making humanized monoclonal antibodies, technology later used in “smart” cancer drugs such as Herceptin, Rituxan and Avastin.

Eugene Roberts, Ph.D., is elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his work on the existence and function of GABA and other neurotransmitters on the brain and nervous system.

John Rossi, Ph.D., reports first use of RNA to block the progress of the virus that causes AIDS.

The Graduate School of Biological Sciences is chartered.

The Division of Molecular Medicine is created.

Gerd Pfeifer, Ph.D., definitively links smoking to lung cancer, identifying the genetic damage done by the active compounds in cigarettes.

The Division of Molecular Biology is created.

Barry Forman, M.D., Ph.D., identifies the first new steroid-like hormone in 30 years, androstanol, a hormone that reverses or halts gene activity.

The Division of Virology is created.

Arthur Riggs, Ph.D., is named Director of the Beckman Research Institute.

The Center for Biomedicine & Genetics is established to ensure that City of Hope scientific discoveries are efficiently translated from the research lab to the clinical setting.