The Kellner Family Foundation donates half a billion crowns to build cancer research centre in Motol, Prague

The Kellner Family Foundation has formally agreed with Motol University Hospital and the Ministry of Health to build a Scientific and Diagnostic Oncology Centre at the Motol hospital grounds. The Foundation will donate CZK 500 million towards the project, 300 million being allocated to the research facility’s construction and the remaining 200 million for later use by the centre to support scientific research and to purchase equipment once the centre opens in spring, 2026. 

According to the agreement, the Ministry of Health will provide CZK 240 million from its own resources to purchase the centre’s instruments and internal equipment. The agreement also includes a commitment that the research centre may use the memory of Petr Kellner’s name in commemoration.

“Cancer research and the search for a new generation of drugs to fight cancers was a matter close to Petr’s heart, and he sacrificed a great deal in pursuit of it,” said Renáta Kellnerová, chairwoman of the board of trustees of The Kellner Family Foundation and widow of PPF founder Peter Kellner. “PPF has invested tens of billions of crowns into SOTIO, the Group’s biotech company, which has been developing cancer drugs for more than 10 years now. A modern oncology diagnostic centre and state-of-the-art research facility in Prague was something Petr wanted very much, and I’m very happy that we can help this project become reality.”

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