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City of Hope’s COVID-19 Vaccine Research Receives Boost from Broadcom

Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Tech innovator Broadcom Inc. has recognized the promise of City of Hope’s pioneering research, by donating to its preclinical coronavirus research and development efforts. 

The investigational research for the vaccine, known as COH04S1, is in phase 1 clinical trials. Research is being led by City of Hope Professor Don J. Diamond, Ph.D., a viral immunologist, and assistant research professors Felix Wussow, Ph.D. and Flavia Chiuppesi, Ph.D., scientists with vast expertise in studying the immune system’s abilities to fight viral infections—a common concern for immune-compromised cancer patients during treatment. The vaccine has the potential for delivery in a freeze-dried form that would eliminate cold-chain requirements. All of this work was conceived and developed by City of Hope scientists and is being produced for clinical use at a City of Hope clinical-grade manufacturing facility. 

Dr. Diamond“As Orange County experiences this latest lock-down phase of the pandemic, City of Hope is both developing an investigational COVID-19 vaccine and providing a safe environment for patients who need lifesaving cancer care. We are so appreciative of this contribution from our OC neighbor Broadcom as we work to protect our current patients and our communities with breakthrough vaccine research,” Dr. Diamond said.


This gift supports research that has the potential to impact the lives of millions of people, including Orange County residents. It is just one example of the incredible medical research and science that accompanies City of Hope’s expansion into Orange County. Broadcom recognizes that City of Hope is the home of many significant medical breakthroughs, and it is estimated that more than 100 million people across the globe benefit from discoveries made at City of Hope. 

“When we came to Orange County, we knew that we found a home where innovation, big ideas, and big hearts prevail," said Annette Walker, President, City of Hope Orange County. "We are thrilled that Broadcom, Inc. recognizes City of Hope’s breakthrough research capabilities for cancer and beyond. We are here for Orange County as it faces COVID-19 today and in the future, as we work toward a healthier tomorrow.”

City of Hope Orange County is a diamond-level Leaders Circle partner of the Greater Irvine Chamber.


Category: COVID-19, leaders, Health Care

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