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PHASE ONE is a non profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative Phase 1 cancer clinical research and treatment programs.

OUR STORY

In 1998 Alberto Valner and his mother were both diagnosed with very different types of cancer within days of each other. While Alberto survived and is cancer-free, little was known about his mother’s type of cancer, and she passed within days of Alberto being given the “all clear.”

Alberto and his wife Stacy were moved to action and PHASE ONE was founded in 1999. They gathered a small group of friends in Los Angeles to support early cancer research. Their mission was to find treatments that will transform what might be a terminal illness into hope for a full and productive life.

Approximately 1,665,540 new cancer cases were diagnosed in the U.S. last year.

 

It is estimated 585,720 Americans died of cancer last year.

 

That’s 1,600 people per day.

1 in 3 people

will get cancer

7.6 million people die

each year due

to cancer

PHASE ONE has raised

more than $15 million

to support cancer clinical

trials and treatments

WHAT IS A PHASE 1 CLINICAL TRIAL?

Every drug treatment started as a phase 1 clinical trial, which is the first time a drug or treatment protocol is tested in a human.

 

BE AN ADVOCATE

In order to make the greatest impact, patients and advocates need a complete knowledge and understanding of the drug development process. That’s why, in partnership with Friends of Cancer Research, Phase One is pleased to be able to offer a new course and tool for patient advocates - ProgressForPatients.org. Through the Advocacy Education program, advocates will acquire the necessary tools to effectively communicate with drug researchers, developers, and regulators enabling them to make the connections necessary to engage with all sectors who need to be better guided by patient input. 

To request access to the Advocacy Education program, please fill out our informational form.

INFORMATIONAL FORM

TIA PALERMO MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT

When longtime board member and former chair Tia Palermo passed away in 2012 following an 11-year battle with cancer, her family joined PHASE ONE in raising funds for a multi-million dollar endowment in her memory.

TIMELINE

1999

PHASE ONE STARTS
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2000

First Gala held at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.
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2001

First PHASE ONE grant announced
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2002

Dr. Sven de Vos, Dr. Christos Emmanouilides, Dr. William H. McBride and Dr. Jonathan W. Said
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2003

Dr. Lee Rosen
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2004

Phase one announces $1 million in new grants at 5th Gala
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2005

Karen Reckamp, M.D.
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2006

Kuk-Wha Lee, M.D. PhD
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2007

The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
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2008

Phase One Endowed Chair at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is dedicated
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2009

Phase One celebrates its 10th Year with a “non-event” that raised $250,000
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2010

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
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2011

P.R. Lowenstein, M.D. PhD and Maria G. Castro, PhD
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2012

Following the passing of longtime board member, Tia Palermo, the Ravich Family and Phase One raised $4.5 million toward an Endowment in her memory.
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2013

Dr. Karim Chamie
Dr. Joseph Riss
Dr. Anna Pawlowska
Hamamatsu NanoZoomer 2.0 HT-slide scanner
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2014

Dr. Richard Tuli
Dr. Jana Portnow
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2015

Dr. Sanaz Memarzadeh Phase One Tia Palermo Memorial Endowment Grant
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2016

Dr. Araz Marachelian Children's Hospital Los Angeles
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2016

Akil Merchant, MD USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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2016

Yuan Yuan, M.D., Ph.D Biomarker Correlative Studies for a Trial of Immunotherapy...
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2016

Dr. Mina S. Sedrak, M.D., M.S. City of Hope
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Diane Allen

Royce Bergman

Jordan Bernstein

Leanna Creel

Emily Current

Carley de Castro

Meritt Elliott

Rodney Franks

Crystal Free

Mark Freeman

Cecily Jackson-Zapata

Angela Kay

Janet Lonner

Alyson Fine Marmur

Bradley Meadow

Mieke Neumann

Missy Polson

Shari Rosenblum

Amanda Salvado

Stephanie Sandler

Tema Schrage

Linda Toth

Alberto Valner

Stacy Valner

Edward A. Woods

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Marina Cohn

Cary Meadow

Tia Palermo

Steven Romick

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

Sanaz Memarzadeh, M.D., Ph.D.

Jana Portnow, M.D.

 

Karen L. Reckamp, M.D., M.S.

 

Antoni Ribas, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard Tuli, M.D., Ph.D.

 

STAFF

Megan Stubbs

Director of Events and Operations

Sophie Lewis

Administrative Coordinator

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CONTACT

PHASE ONE

256 26th Street

Suite 201

Santa Monica, CA  90402

We are a 501(c) (3) - Tax ID#91-2129319

T 310.458.7715

info@phaseonefoundation.org