Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Jim Allison: Breakthrough also screens November 17, 23, and 29 (without discussion).

In Conversation

  • Barton is the Class of ’36 Endowed Chair and Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley.

  • Humphrey is a medical oncologist and the Chief Medical Officer of biotech company CytomX.


  • Isaacs is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Aduro Biotech.


  • Korman is Senior Vice President of Human Immunology at Vir Biotechnology.

  • Raulet is the Esther and Wendy Schekman Chair in Cancer Biology and Faculty Director of the Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative (IVRI) at UC Berkeley.

  • Schaletzky is the Executive Director of IVRI, and the founder of the Drug Discovery Center at UC Berkeley.


This documentary tells the remarkable story of the perseverance of a biological scientist who found a cure for cancer through his trailblazing immunotherapy research. Jim Allison spent a significant part of his career as a professor of immunology and director of the Cancer Research Laboratory at UC Berkeley between 1985 and 2004, and concurrently at UC San Francisco from 1997. Among his many honors is the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shares with Tasuku Honjo for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation. This insightful portrait of the warmhearted Allison shows him as a harmonica-playing independent spirit from Alice, Texas, whose creative thinking and tenacity have helped define his life’s work.

  • Bill Haney
  • Graham Talbot
  • Nelson Talbot
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 90 mins
  • Dada Films