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The Anticancer Fund (ACF) builds knowledge in the field of cancer treatment and uses scientific information to benefit patients. According to our vision, no reasonable opportunity to develop an effective cancer treatment should remain untapped. Through our activities, patients will gain access to more scientifically validated treatment options, in addition to those emerging from the pharma industry development pipeline.

The value of philanthropy

The pharmaceutical industry operates in an economic reality. The business value of new therapies sets the agenda, ranks priorities and determines budget attribution. If a patient group is small, a development process complicated or costly, market value weak, or any combination thereof: the economic drive to develop treatment options is limited. Cancer is business. Its language is money.

Our role as a science office

The ACF is a science-based organisation and its employees are scientists and doctors. This gives the ACF an unusual skillset for such a relatively small organisation. We also collaborate with other not-for-profit organisations by providing scientific support for specific projects. By engaging the ACF to act as a science office, other not-for-profit organisations lacking necessary infrastructure or skills can realise credible and successful projects that align with their objectives.

Investing in the right research

Not all cancers get the same attention, and treatment options vary by cancer type – from easily treatable to no hope whatsoever. Unmet needs abound and science doesn’t yet have the answers for all patients. On the for-profit side, treatment development is mainly driven by patient population size. More patients, more market potential.