Stories of Medical Innovation

KPC34: The Leukemia Therapeutic That Almost Never Was

Though he speaks about it now with a smile, there is a faint echo of old frustration in Greg Kucera’s voice. He’s talking about the project that has become a life mission of sorts.

“I knew the drug was good,” he says, “I just couldn’t prove it.”

The drug Kucera refers to, KPC34, is a therapeutic he and his team developed to treat acute leukemia. A therapeutic that almost never existed.