The Starr Cancer Consortium (SCC) was established in 2006 through a generous gift from The Starr Foundation to advance research in new ways that will have an impact on the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer.

The SCC is a collaborative frame work among five institutions - The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

The Starr Cancer Consortium is intended largely to support critical mass, collaborative projects with the potential for transforming impact on the understanding and treatment of cancer, through the development and systematic application of molecular technologies, by investigating cancer biology or addressing important clinical problems. It is aimed at encouraging meaningful and ambitious collaborations between and among the participating institutions to develop and apply innovative approaches to transform cancer research and ultimately diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.


The goals of the Starr Cancer Consortium are:

  • To drive the development of technology for molecular characterization of cancer by forging productive alliances among scientists at the five participating institutions,
  • To apply these new technologies in joint projects directed at diverse cancers, in the process gaining a deeper understanding of the molecular basis of these cancers and defining new paradigms for cancer research, diagnosis and treatment, and
  • To accelerate research of the basic biological mechanisms underlying the development of cancers.

Participating Institutions

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Rockefeller University
Weill Cornell Medical College

Executive Committee

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Eric Lander, President & Director
Todd R. Golub, Director, Cancer Program

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Bruce Stillman, President
David L. Spector, Director of Research

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Craig Thompson, President
Joan Massagué, Director, Sloan Kettering Institute

The Rockefeller University

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President
Titia de Lange, Head, Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics

Weill Cornell Medical College

Laurie H. Glimcher, Dean and Provost
Lewis Cantley, Director, Cancer Center