The BBVA Foundation award goes to James Allison, creator of the first immunotherapy to prove highly effective against cancer

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category goes, in this tenth edition, to American immunologist James P. Allison, whose research, says the jury, “had led to harnessing the immune system to combat cancer in patients and the development of new therapies.” Allison was the first to demonstrate that immunotherapy can treat cancer effectively, initiating an approach that “has provided clinical benefit to many cancer patients” and “stimulated the development of a new class of drugs employing the immune system to fight cancer.”