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Michael de Picciotto is the founder of the de Picciotto-Lesser Cancer Cell Observatory, a component of the Moross Integrated Cancer Centre (MICC) within the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The observatory is a crucial element of the MICC as it allows for in-depth imaging of cell behaviour, permitting researchers and scientists to observe cells live and in high resolution optics. Having an understanding of the molecular and cellular hallmarks of cancer cells while also gaining a view into their heterogeneity can lead to the discovery of new diagnostic, as well as therapeutic, paths. Without a doubt, the cancer cell observatory will prove to be a fantastic asset for the MICC in the long run, if not already.
The founder of the observatory, Michael de Picciotto, comes from an investment background, having built a career first at UBP, a Swiss private bank, where he worked for over two decades, and also at Engel and Völkers, where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the board. He has successfully built a reputation for being a knowledgeable and capable banker over the years. Beyond his professional career, he has a strong interest in supporting life-saving research. This was his primary motivation to establish the cancer cell observatory. He also sought to use it as an opportunity to honour the memory of his maternal grandparents, who managed to survive the Holocaust and went on to live remarkable lives. De Picciotto is eager for their memory to live on in association with an organisation as distinguished as the Weizmann Institute.