Senomyx Keeps “Surfing for a Cure”

September 26, 2012 Senomyx Health and Wellness

Senomyx UCSD Cure ResearchFor the fifth consecutive year, Senomyx has supported the Moores UCSD Cancer Center by participating in the Luau & Longboard Invitational.  Now in its 19th year, the Luau’s mission is to increase cancer awareness through “Surfing for a Cure”.  The event has raised more than $5 million, which helps fund local cancer research.

“The Luau and Longboard Invitational is an exceptional event which illustrates, year after year, the incredible support from the local community and businesses for our research,” said Scott Lippman, MD, director of UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. “Generous donations to the event support our mission to translate promising scientific discoveries into new and better options for the care of our patients. With each day, we move one step closer to finding cures for cancer.”

The Luau also holds a special meaning for Senomyx.  With the passing of our former Chief Scientific Officer, Mark Zoller, who received treatment at the Moores Cancer Center, Team Senomyx has been keeping his memory alive by participating in the Luau & Longboard Invitational and Survivor Beach.  Survivor Beach was created in 2007 as a way to bring together individuals in the community to show their support for cancer research and to honor all individuals in their fight against cancer.  Participants form a symbol of support by creating the longest line of surfboards lying in the sand nose-to-tail.  The line started at Scripps Pier towards La Jolla Shores… with over 300 boards totaling 2,595 feet!

In addition, Moores Cancer Center awards one special honor each year, The Rell Sunn Award. This year the recipient was Dr. Roger Tsien, a Nobel laureate, UC San Diego professor, and most importantly (to us) a founder of Senomyx who continues to serve as a member of the Senomyx Scientific Advisory Board. This perpetual award honors the memory of Rell Sunn, the “Queen of Makaha”, a historical surfer who passed away from cancer in 1998.  The trophy is awarded each year to the person or persons who best display the qualities shared by Rell and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational – contributions to the battle against cancer combined with unselfishness, compassion and a true aloha spirit.

“My motivation to help develop new, more effective cancer treatments comes from my knowledge of the limitations of current therapies,” said Tsien, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008. For Roger Tsien, this drive to help find a cure for cancer stems from a deeply personal experience. His own father battled prostate cancer and ultimately lost his life to pancreatic cancer.

This year’s UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational raised over $347,000 for cancer research!

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