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4:46 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Texas Cancer Center Director Resigns

The oversight committee for Texas' embattled cancer-fighting agency has officially accepted the resignation of its executive director.

Officials with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas accepted Bill Gimson's resignation Friday. The agency also announced it has given prosecutors emails about an $11 million grant improperly awarded to a Dallas startup.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/Vb0dOZ) the previously missing emails involved a grant given to Dallas-based Peloton Therapeutics two years ago without the required reviews by scientific and business experts.

That grant and other mistakes by the $3 billion state-run agency have led to a criminal investigation.

Peloton was to commercialize research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where the now-resigned cancer institute's chief science officer had worked.

The emails weren't released to the public.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.