U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses the session "Cancer Moonshot: A Call to Action" during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 19, 2016. The cancer moonshot initiative took a major step in development on Tuesday, when its organizing panel outlined 10 recommendations to stop the spread of the multifaceted disease. The Blue Ribbon panel report now heads to Douglas Lowy, the acting director of the National Cancer Institute, for approval before being presented to Vice President Joe Biden, who is spearheading the effort. "We are at an exciting time in our understanding of cancer, and the way we're approaching how we treat it," said Tyler Jacks, an MIT cancer researcher, chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board and Blue Ribbon panel member in a statement. Biden first proposed the moonshot October, months after his oldest son Beau, 46, died of brain cancer.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Monday the "moonshot" initiative he leads aimed at finding cures for cancer was "the only bipartisan thing left in America" and called for more collaboration among researchers, doctors and government agencies to advance the cause. Biden was speaking at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago in conjunction with the launch of a new system to facilitate sharing of genomic and clinical data among cancer researchers to help promote advances in personalized treatment for the many forms of the disease. The project, known as Genomic Data Commons (GDC), with an operation center at the University of Chicago and funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, is a key component of President Obama's national cancer moonshot and Precision Medicine Initiative. "It is our hope that Genomic Data Commons will prove pivotal in advancing precision medicine," Biden told a hall packed with oncologists and researchers. Funding for GDC will come from 70 million allocated to NCI for cancer genomics projects under the precision medicine initiative, which involves using advanced genetic information to match individual patients with treatments most likely to help their particular type of cancer.
Vice President Joe Biden threatened Wednesday to pull federal funding for cancer studies that fail to publicly disclose their results, putting pressure on researchers, clinicians and drug companies to speed up progress toward cancer cures. Hosting a cancer summit in Washington, Biden said the culture in the cancer research world is stifling progress, and he said was "committed to doing everything in my power" to change that culture. He cited concerns that prominent medical institutions that receive millions in taxpayer dollars are flouting a federal rule that says they must submit their results to a publicly accessible database within a year. "Doc, I'm going to find out if it's true, and if it's true, I'm going to cut funding," Biden said. For months, Biden has been imploring cancer researchers to share their data and trial results more freely, so that scientists can build on each other's progress and more readily identify treatments that might work for individual patients.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking at the 2016 Social Good Summit, a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on global social good initiatives. In his time as vice president, Biden has used his 36 years of experience in the U.S. Senate to advise President Obama on matters of international diplomacy. Domestically, Biden has led efforts to reform on-the-job training programs and build a more sustainable economy through the Ready to Work Initiative. A staunch advocate against domestic violence, Biden helped reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and launched the "It's On Us" campaign to prevent sexual assault on college campuses. During his 2016 State of the Union address, Obama announced that Biden would lead the National Cancer Moonshot, an initiative seeking to "accelerate progress in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment."
With just left weeks left before he steps down as vice president, Joe Biden pledged Monday to find a way to cure cancer. His Cancer Moonshot 2020 global initiative seeks to find a cure within five years. "There's an urgent need to continue this momentum, that's why I came to you, I really do mean this. This is too deadly important," he told the 35th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Initially, the idea came from President Barack Obama during his final State of the Union address last year January.