About the Partner

npj Precision Oncology is published by Springer Nature in partnership with The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota.

The Hormel Institute

Started in 1942 by Jay C. Hormel, The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota is comprised of a group of highly successful medical scientists who are focused on determining the basic molecular mechanisms of cancer development to create new anti-cancer agents. The Hormel Institute is an emerging leader in cancer research and is focused on finding better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer to extend lives.

The Hormel Institute is a world-recognized leader in the scientific field showing that dietary factors prevent and control cancer development. With the 2016 expansion adding 20 additional labs, The Hormel Institute is poised to become a leading biomedical research center with scientists and collaborators working together worldwide to accelerate discoveries for improved health, especially cancer prevention and treatment. The laboratories in Austin, Minnesota focus on cutting edge basic science, including drug discovery and development. The Hormel Institute offers its research scientists complete access to state-of-the-art cutting edge equipment that includes a cryo-electron microscope (Titan Krios and Tecnai G2 Spirit Biotwin); FACS cell sorter; confocal microscopy; flow cytometry; protein crystallography robotics and defraction system; nano-HPLC-AB SCIEX triple TOF 5600 mass spectrometry; Leica tissue processor, embedder and microtome; real-time PCR instrumentation; 5 racks of Linux GPU supercomputers for computational biology and bioinformatics and 1.5 petabytes of storage; spectrophotometers and a wide array of imagers. The Hormel Institute has extensive collaborations in translational studies and clinical trials with The Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center and the Minnesota Cancer Clinical Trial Network. In addition, institute faculty work closely with the University of Minnesota Rochester Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology Program and IBM (Rochester).