The 11 Day Power Play
Cell Therapy Center
Unlocking the future of cancer care
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is committed to developing the innovative cancer treatments of tomorrow through The 11 Day Power Play Cell Therapy Center. The center will be led by Renier Brentjens, MD, PhD, Deputy Director, The Katherine Anne Gioia Endowed Chair in Cancer Medicine, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Professor of Oncology in the Departments of Medicine and Immunology.
Through the new center, researchers will investigate new cellular therapy options, a type of immunotherapy which uses reengineered cells to help a patient’s immune system identify and attack cancer cells. This therapeutic approach is quickly becoming an option for a greater range of cancer types, in many cases allowing patients to move away from more toxic chemotherapies.
Meet the Cell Therapy Team
- Renier Brentjens, MD, PhD
- Juan Adrover, MS
- Dharmesh Gopalakrishnan, MD
- Ryan McDowell, PhD
- Terence Purdon, MS
Support Cell Therapy
Support the important work being done in cellular therapy and pave the way for new discoveries, donate to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.Give Today
About The 11 Day Power Play
The 11 Day Power Play, Inc. was co-founded by Mike and Amy Lesakowski in 2016, eight years after Amy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at 35 years old. The parents of three turned to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for Amy’s treatment which included a new immunotherapy and another treatment in clinical trials at the time. Amy beat her disease, but in 2013, Mike’s mother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and eventually succumbed to her disease in 2016. The family’s cancer experiences inspired them to give back to spur on cancer research. Since its beginning, The 11 Day Power Play has donated over $4.5 million to Roswell Park. The center’s name recognizes the significant and continued generosity of The 11 Day Power Play toward research initiatives at Roswell Park.