Over 90% of cancer deaths are caused when malignant cells leave the primary tumor and colonize vital organs. In 2006, Prof. Janine Erler made one of the biggest breakthroughs in oncology when she identified that the enzyme LOX is responsible for enabling cancer to spread throughout the body. This discovery resulted in several patents and helped launch a biotech start-up. Prof. Erler continues to lead cancer research from her lab in Denmark, and now focuses on the triggers of metastases in the tumor microenvironment and precision cancer medicine.
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