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Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Among the many cancer research laboratories operated by NCI, the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) is unique in that it is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center—one of 41 such centers in the United States that operate under a broad charter to respond rapidly and efficiently to meet the research and development needs of their government sponsors. The Frederick National Lab is overseen by NCI and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. Located on NCI’s Frederick, Maryland, campus, the FNLCR combines private sector business practices with government infrastructure to conduct research in genetics, proteomics, bioinformatics, biomedical computing, animal sciences, and clinical operations.

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The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research: A Shared National Resource

Learn about National Cancer Institute’s Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR), which is the only Federally Funded Research and Development Center devoted exclusively to biomedical research. FNLCR operates in the public interest as a shared national resource, collaborating with public and private partners to speed delivery of lifesaving therapies and prevention agents and conducts research on long-standing intractable cancers and other disease areas.

As a national resource, the FNLCR provides cancer researchers a bridge between basic research and clinical practice with support that is not readily available elsewhere. By using private sector resources to accomplish tasks that are integral to the mission and operation of NCI, the FNLCR brings together public and private partners to address significant cancer research challenges.

Why FNLCR is Important to Cancer Research

The FNLCR conducts basic, translational, and preclinical research and development in cancer and AIDS. NCI investigators and technical staff at the FNLCR collaborate with staff at other government agencies, academic institutions, commercial entities, and nonprofit research organizations to develop tests and treatments for these diseases. Researchers at NCI and across the nation rely on the FNLCR for:

  • biomarker identification and validation
  • translational genomics
  • next-generation preclinical assay development
  • oncology-focused computational science
  • production of clinical-grade biopharmaceuticals for first-in-human studies
  • acceleration of nanotechnology applications for treatments and diagnostics
  • preclinical model development, validation, and testing

How FNLCR Is Making a Difference in Cancer Research

As part of its ongoing commitment to the cancer research enterprise, FNLCR provides scientific tools, services, and information to enable and expedite research. FNLCR programs include:

The FNLCR maintains vast repositories of resource materials available to the biomedical research community nationwide. These include more than 15 million biological specimens, frozen tumor samples, research reagents, and genetically engineered mouse models of human cancers. National lab staff monitors more than 300 ongoing human clinical trials in the United States and overseas.

In addition, the FNLCR offers employees education, training, and professional development opportunities, as well as expert consultation in quality control, regulatory affairs, and patient safety.

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