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About the Institute"Immunotherapy is a game changer. We believe that a patient's own immune system can ultimately beat any cancer." The Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

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Fast Facts
About BKI

BKI was established in 2016, in response to then-Vice President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative.


The institute was founded with a $125 million philanthropic investment from benefactors Michael R. Bloomberg and Sidney Kimmel and more than a dozen other supporters.


We believe research has harnessed only 10 percent of the immune system's potential ability to fight cancer. We want to realize its full potential.

Our Mission
Take the science to a new level.

With so much left to discover, the future of immunotherapy may stem from emerging areas of science that are underappreciated and not easily funded by conventional means. We will invest in these promising scientific programs.

Develop powerful new technologies.

We will build on immunotherapy's momentum with new technologies that allow us to study the tumor microenvironment thoroughly and efficiently, and seek to understand why immunotherapy works for some patients and not others.

Translate research into therapies more rapidly.

The need for effective cancer treatments is urgent, but it takes many, many years to bring a concept from the lab to the patient. We are accelerating the clinical development process by offering small, cutting-edge clinical trials supported by an immense translational research team.

Our Approach
A Collaboration of Scientific and Clinical Specialties

We support cancer immunology research across many cancer types.

We emphasize research aimed at impacting cancer care and clinical trials. Our multidisciplinary team is probing the vast potential of the immune system.

We are developing precision-based approaches that treat genetic subsets of cancer patients with the specific immunotherapy — or a combination of immunotherapy and other treatments — most likely to succeed.

The Strength of Giving
Meet Our Founding Donors

The Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy was founded in large part with gifts from two longstanding Johns Hopkins champions: Michael R. Bloomberg and Sidney Kimmel.

Read about our donors and what drives their philanthropy.
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Michael R. Bloomberg
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Sidney Kimmel
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