Who we are
The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC combines interdisciplinary research with the prevention and treatment of cancer. David B. Agus, professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, leads the institute as the Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer.
What we do
Under Dr. Agus’s guidance, The Ellison Institute of USC draws collaborators from across conventional health and wellness fields, as well as from a broad range of other disciplines such as physics, biology, math and engineering to study cancer and potential ways to prevent, detect and treat the disease.
Why we do it
The Ellison Institute’s research focuses on the application of proteomics (the study of the body’s proteins) and genomics, mathematical modeling, integrating clinical trials, pre-clinical studies and molecularly targeted therapy, which focuses on molecular and cellular changes specific to cancer.

"Our job isn't just to treat cancer, it's to change how we treat cancer."


The Ellison Institute of USC Welcomes Dr. Anna Barker as Chief Strategy Officer

Lawrence J. Ellison is an American businessman, sports enthusiast, and philanthropist best known as the founder of Oracle Corporation, the enterprise-technology giant he launched in 1977. In 2014, after serving as Oracle’s CEO for 37 years, Mr. Ellison stepped aside as CEO to become Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer.
The Ellison Institute has, as part of its mission, the goal of translating science for public benefit. We believe that consulting for and serving on the board of institutions of for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors is consistent with that mission. That said, we also believe in the importance of transparency and disclosure when these relationships exist and will report on this site any such relationships. When required, these relationships are reviewed and approved by USC to ensure compliance with university policy. Please be aware, however, that involvement by any member in these outside activities does not imply endorsement of the company, its products, or its services. You can find a list of those relationships here.