The Canary Foundation

  • CA


805 Veterans Blvd.
Redwood City
United States

About Us

No one gets time back. And for those with cancer and their families, that can be devastating. The Canary Foundation has started to do something about that. Founded in 2004 by Don Listwin after he lost his mother to misdiagnosed ovarian cancer, he envisioned a world of simple and safe tests that could identify and isolate cancer at its earliest, most curable stage.

Today, more than 10 years later, the Canary Foundation has raised more than $64 million to support early detection research, and has funded more than 38 research projects at 24 institutions including two international sites. And we’ve moved faster than science typically moves, from theory to tractable problem to clinical use in many areas, thanks to Canary’s collaborative approach. Canary is the world’s first non-profit organization dedicated solely to the funding, discovery, and development of tests for early cancer detection. The earlier, the better is the way we see it.

The Canary Foundation is based on a results-only business approach and cross-disciplinary collaborations and partnerships with renowned researchers, scientists and global institutions such as the Canary Center at Stanford and the Center of Excellence at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center—two centers that the Canary Foundation was instrumental in creating. We are building a cancer-detection platform that promises to be the answer to next- generation cancer care worldwide. By reorienting research toward early detection, we believe great advances in cancer research will finally take place, and save untold lives and resources while improving quality of life worldwide.