Pioneer in Cellular and Gene Therapy Saddles Up For New Frontier at CU Anschutz

Terry Fry, MD, will help steer region toward leader status in regenerative medicine with recent funding commitment

Fueled by a major investment by the Gates Frontiers Fund, a newly announced Gates Institute on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will stand ready to transform the frontier of regenerative medicine and cellular and gene therapies in the Rocky Mountain Region.

As with every new Western adventure, success lies deeply in a strong leader able to wrangle the best players and keep the wagon train moving in the right direction.

Elliman,Fry,GatesINSCU Anschutz Chancellor Donald M. Elliman Jr., Terry Fry, MD, and Diane Gates Wallach. (Photo by DeCroce Photography).

“This is Terry Fry,” said Diane Gates Wallach, co-trustee of the Gates Frontiers Fund with her brother, John Gates. “He is so perfect for this position. He’s a team leader and a team player who has walked all sides of this field,” said Wallach, whose investment – in partnership with CU Anschutz – is expected to grow to $200 million over the next five years.

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Dennis Roop, PhD, current director of the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine, echoed those sentiments. “I can’t think of anyone I would trust more to turn the reins of the Gates Center over to than Terry.”

Terry Fry, MD, will direct the new institute, aimed at moving discoveries efficiently from the lab to the clinic – his area of focus since leading first-in-human clinical trials for the National Institutes of Health.

A pediatric oncologist and renowned expert and pioneer in CAR (chimeric antigen receptor) T-cell therapy (whose work was highlighted in a Discovery Channel documentary called “First in Human”), Fry brings a rich background to the position. A clinical professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Fry joined the campus from the NIH in 2018.

CU Anschutz Today recently talked with Fry. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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