Texas cancer agency head asks AG to probe grant

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM

HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -- The chairman of Texas' embattled $3 billion cancer-fighting agency is asking the Texas attorney general's office to investigate an $11 million grant improperly awarded to a private company.

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awearded the taxpayer-funded grant to Dallas-based Peloton Therapeutics without any review. Now, the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/RlMeqD) reports CPRIT Chairman James Mansour has directed Executive Director Bill Gimson to ask the AG's office to seek affidavits from all persons associated or formerly associated with Peloton.

Mansour made his request in an email to Gimson, a copy of which the Chronicle obtained.

Gimson has taken the blame for the Peloton grant, calling it an honest mistake. He says there's no evidence that CPRIT staff stood to benefit personally from Peloton.

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