When Ted lost his mother to colon cancer, he felt a personal inspiration to get involved in research to make a difference. At that point in time, just under 20 years ago, treatments were limited and usually involved painful surgeries followed by traditional chemotherapies. “This is really something I’m passionate about,” Ted says when he made the decision to go into the medical field as an oncology researcher. His work led him to Pfizer to allow him to make the biggest impact for patients who needed it most.
The working relationship he has developed with clinicians while completing his research sometimes leaves the lab. “Connecting the patient to the doctor or the clinician to the researcher is very important. Sometimes they call it ‘bench to bedside.’ It’s making sure that patients and the clinicians or academics that are treating the patients really have a good relationship with the researchers that are doing the research. There’s a clinical physician that will email me and write, ‘I have a patient that has a specific mutation that’s not responding to this medicine.’ This type of ongoing interaction is very helpful for scientists to inform their research projects.”