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CTS EVENTIM supports German Cancer Research Centre with one million Euro for an endowed chair

No. 18 | 06/05/2015

CTS EVENTIM, Europe’s biggest provider of ticketing services, will finance an endowed chair in ‘Epigenetic Regulation’ at the German Cancer Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum – DKFZ). The company will donate a total of one million Euro over a five-year period, according to a recent agreement concluded by Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, CEO of CTS EVENTIM, and the Management Board of the DKFZ.

Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, CEO CTS EVENTIM
© Yan de Andres/DKFZ

Our paramount aim in giving this financial support is to help in the important struggle against cancer. Supporting cutting-edge research in Germany is also close to our heart. The DKFZ’s outstanding work makes it an ideal partner for both these concerns’, says Klaus-Peter Schulenberg about his company’s commitment.

‘We are delighted that the generous endowment by CTS EVENTIM will allow us to give a brilliant young talent the opportunity of taking up a chair at our centre’, says Professor Otmar D. Wiestler, Chairman of the Management Board of the German Cancer Research Centre. ‘In a joint effort with the University of Heidelberg, we shall initiate an appointment procedure very soon so that a highly qualified candidate is recruited as quickly as possible.’

In their search, the DKFZ and the university will focus on young talents with an innovative and original research approach, with which they can also compete at international level.

‘Cutting-edge research costs a lot of money, so even when it is supported by the public sector it is reliant more than ever before on support from private-sector donors’, says Professor Josef Puchta, the Administrative and Commercial Director of the German Cancer Research Centre. ‘Sourcing private-sector money for research is still uncommon in Germany. In the USA or Israel, in contrast, there is a strong tradition of supporting research in this way. Our hope is therefore that the wonderful example set by CTS EVENTIM will be emulated by very many others’, says Puchta. 

With more than 3,000 employees, the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) is Germany’s largest biomedical research institute. DKFZ scientists identify cancer risk factors, investigate how cancer progresses and develop new cancer prevention strategies. They are also developing new methods to diagnose tumors more precisely and treat cancer patients more successfully. The DKFZ's Cancer Information Service (KID) provides patients, interested citizens and experts with individual answers to questions relating to cancer.

To transfer promising approaches from cancer research to the clinic and thus improve the prognosis of cancer patients, the DKFZ cooperates with excellent research institutions and university hospitals throughout Germany:

  • National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT, 6 sites)
  • German Cancer Consortium (DKTK, 8 sites)
  • Hopp Children's Cancer Center (KiTZ) Heidelberg
  • Helmholtz Institute for Translational Oncology (HI-TRON Mainz) - A Helmholtz Institute of the DKFZ
  • DKFZ-Hector Cancer Institute at the University Medical Center Mannheim
  • National Cancer Prevention Center (jointly with German Cancer Aid)
The DKFZ is 90 percent financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and 10 percent by the state of Baden-Württemberg. The DKFZ is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.


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