Dr. Owen Witte, founding director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA and a renowned cancer researcher, was selected today by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Cancer Panel, which monitors the development and execution of the National Cancer Program.

The members of the panel are selected based on their training, experience and background as exceptionally qualified to appraise the National Cancer Program.

“These men and women have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers,” President Barack Obama said of Witte and other nominees to key administrative posts in a White House statement Tuesday. “I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

The three-member President’s Cancer Panel reports directly to the president. Of the three members, at least two are distinguished scientists or physicians.

“I am honored and grateful to be nominated by President Obama to serve on this prestigious panel, and I look forward to helping guide the future of cancer research policy,” said Witte, also a leading scientist with UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We’ve made significant progress in developing new and more effective therapies for cancer in the last decade and that momentum will only grow stronger in the future.”

Witte’s two-year term on the panel will begin in January.

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