The Latest: Bloomberg, others funding new cancer institute

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Posted: Mar 29, 2016 8:17 AM

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to help launch a new cancer-fighting effort (all times local):

8:15 a.m.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other philanthropists are giving $125 million for a new cancer-fighting effort at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The school said Tuesday in a statement that Bloomberg and others are funding the creation of an institute that will focus on research in immunotherapy, which seeks to use patients' immune systems to destroy cancer cells.

Vice President Joe Biden is among those expected to attend the formal announcement of the institute Tuesday.

Bloomberg is a Johns Hopkins graduate, and Sidney Kimmel is founder of Jones Apparel Group. Each donated $50 million. A dozen additional supporters contributed another $25 million.

The funds will be used primarily to fund research with a focus melanoma, colon, pancreatic, urologic, lung, breast and ovarian cancers.

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3 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to help launch a new cancer-fighting effort.

Biden's office says in a statement that he'll participate Tuesday in a discussion of the White House's $1 billion proposal for a new initiative to find cancer cures.

Gov. Larry Hogan is also scheduled to speak at the event. Hogan's office says in a statement that the event includes dedication of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a Johns Hopkins graduate and longtime benefactor of the university.

Sidney Kimmel is a clothing-and-film-industry tycoon who has given tens of millions of dollars to Johns Hopkins for cancer research.