INVESTED IN MORE THAN REAL ESTATE. MOTIVATED TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES.
Bill Koman invests with a commitment to serve and enhance communities, and in support of this mission is involved with numerous philanthropic and community organizations on the West Coast and in the Midwest. Koman has launched various cancer research initiatives and events in San Diego and St. Louis that have raised more than 100 million dollars. These include Curebound, Padres Pedal the Cause, Pedal the Cause-St. Louis and the Frontier Cancer Fund.
Curebound is a 501c3 philanthropic organization that raises and invests strategic funding in translational cancer research projects aimed at accelerating new discoveries to clinical application.
Launched in 2021, Curebound represents a partnership and expansion between two highly respected San Diego cancer organizations – Padres Pedal the Cause and the Immunotherapy Foundation—that have raised over $26 million since 2013 to fund more 80+ unique cancer research projects between San Diego’s exceptional research institutions.
Curebound investments in cancer research projects are led by a world-class Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) that aligns deep experience in basic and academic research with industry leaders who bring proven track records in translating basic discoveries to clinical and commercial stages. Under the SAB’s guidance, Curebound curates the most promising research opportunities and brings together highly specialized collaborative teams for each project. Curebound brings together all major cancer research institutes in San Diego including UCSD Moores, the Salk Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys, Scripps Translational Research, La Jolla Immunology and Rady’s Children’s Hospital.
Curebound is committed to investing $100 million into game-changing collaborative cancer research by the end of the decade.
For more information, please visit http: https://www.curebound.org
PEDAL ST. LOUIS
Founded in 2009 by Koman, Pedal the Cause had the goal of creating a community-wide cycling fundraising challenge in which all donations raised would stay in St. Louis and benefit Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University Cancer Researchers and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to provide direct funding for cancer research, including cancer discovery grants and clinical translational care not currently eligible for federal funds. To date, Pedal the Cause has raised approximately 40 million and is St. Louis’s largest community fundraising event.
For more information, please visit http://stlouis.pedalthecause.org/
Koman and partners continue to incorporate environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings from construction through occupancy. The Centene building located in Clayton, MO and the 700 Market building (headquarters of Laclede Gas), have earned the LEED Gold Certification. The LEED certification process encourages companies to find innovative solutions that are more energy efficient, better for the environment and better for the community. Laclede’s new building has an outdoor green area on the fourth level, energy saving LED lighting, water purification system, extensive recycled building materials among other features that have made this building stand out for its sustainability.
Learn more 700 Market’s LEED Gold Certification here.
Koman’s objectives are not solely focused on large, build-to-suit developments. He has also undertaken complex rehabilitation projects that become in-demand destinations for tenants. Koman redeveloped the vacant 119-year-old Cupples warehouse, turning a demolition-bound foreclosure into a vibrant and fresh environment that attracted numerous up-and-coming technology and creative companies. Such rescued properties not only stimulate revenue streams and leverage tax benefits; they also create spaces that embody historic significance.