Press Release

For Immediate Release
February 13, 2003

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SBT changes name to reflect organization’s
global efforts in cancer research

(Milwaukee) — The Society for Biological Therapy (SBT) has changed its name to better reflect its position as an international leader in cancer research and education.

The organization is now called the International Society for Biological Therapy of Cancer (iSBTc).

“iSBTc brings together physicians, researchers and others in the national and international medical field who are committed to investigating, developing and utilizing biological therapy for the treatment of malignant disease,” said Michael Atkins, MD, iSBTc President. “Our new name is more reflective of the scope of these efforts.”

iSBTc members approved the name change at their annual meeting, Nov. 7-10, 2002 in San Diego, California.

iSBTc membership includes MD physicians and PhD researchers, as well as individuals performing translational work (ie, part time in a lab, part time seeing patients in a clinic). The iSBTc also has membership categories for allied health professionals and corporate representatives working in fields related to the biological therapy of cancer.

Providing of forum for the international community of researchers and clinicians who work with biological approaches to cancer therapy to share and discuss their work is a key focus for iSBTc. In addition, iSBTc is committed to providing educational activities for new investigators in this field and Workshops to develop guidelines for specific areas of investigation. . The 2002 Annual Meeting, which included a pre-meeting Primer on Tumor Immunology as well as a Workshop on Angiogenesis, drew 450 delegates. The next iSBTc meeting will be held October 29-November 2, 2003 at the Natcher Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

To learn more about the iSBTc visit their NEW WEBSITE at


iSBTc is located at 611 East Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414/271-2456, Fax: 414/272-6070, E-mail:, Web: