While the Georgia Cancer Coalition disbanded a few years ago, Georgia CORE continues its mission alongside the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), which drives a range of science and technology development. GRA strategically recruits researchers to Georgia, funds infrastructure (including state-of-the-art research labs), and acts as a catalyst for new in-state biotech companies. GRA president Michael Cassidy says, "We've tried to make the right investments in talent and physical infrastructure and bring more investigators to the state," he says. "We help our universities attract game changers who will put big teams together. These teams generate interesting ideas, developments, and discoveries and we help them form new products and businesses." Emory President Claire Sterk represents Emory on the GRA board. Walter Curran is a GRA Eminent Scholar, and his endowed chair is financially supported by the GRA.
The Georgia Cancer Coalition, Georgia CORE, and the Georgia Research Alliance were key partners in Winship's successful bid to become an NCI-Designated Cancer Center in 2009, and most recently, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2017.
Cassidy says both designations have been big wins for Georgia and cancer research as a whole. "We've all been touched by cancer in one way or another, and we're extremely proud of what Winship and Emory are doing to address that. The people at Winship are game changers and we've been fortunate to be in the position to provide some unique research tools. We're very honored to be part of that."