Texas can­cer agency asks for grant probe

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

The chair­man of Texas’ be­lea­guered $3 bil­lion can­cer­fight­ing 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 awarded the tax­payer-funded grant to Dal­las-based Pelo­ton Ther­a­peu­tics with­out any re­view. The Hous­ton Chron­i­cle re­ported that 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.

Gim­son has as­sumed blame for the grant, call­ing it an hon­est mis­take and say­ing there’s no ev­i­dence CPRIT staff stood to ben­e­fit from it.

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