The Biden Cancer Initiative Is Official

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden have officially launched the Biden Cancer Initiative, their new venture to continue the fight to make progress in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and care. 

Biden Cancer Initiative Overview:The Biden Cancer Initiative will develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes. 

Through the Biden Cancer Initiative, Vice President and Dr. Biden strengthen their commitment to inject a sense of urgency into our cancer research and care systems and reimagine how the government, academia, non-profits and the private sector can better organize their resources and systems to collaborate to take on cancer, with the patient as the focus.

The Initiative will be a major convening force in driving new actions and collaborations toward ending cancer as we know it.

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden said of this new effort, ""Every minute, every day matters to patients and we must bring that same sense of urgency to cancer research and care systems. We are joining everyone who spends their days thinking about preventing cancer, about better understanding its biological basis, about bringing early detection and education to all communities, about developing new treatments and therapies, and about caring for patients and their families through some of the hardest days anyone faces. We are on your team. And we are proud to be working alongside you."

"I have had the privilege of caring for cancer patients for over two decades. For the first time in my career I can walk into a patient's room with a sense of hope and optimism. The tide is changing in the war on cancer, but not quickly enough. I am so excited to work with Vice President and Dr. Biden to make a meaningful impact against this disease," said Dr. David Agus, Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California (USC); Founding Director and CEO, Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC and member of the Biden Cancer Initiative Board of Directors.Announcement of Board of Directors: 

The Biden Cancer Initiative will be guided by a Board of Directors co-chaired by Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden which includes world-renowned leaders and experts in the fields of medical research, patient care, information technology, finance, management, patient engagement, patient experience, and public policy.

Joining the Board of Directors are:David B. Agus, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California (USC); Founding Director and CEO, 

Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC

Erin Andrews, FOX Sports' Lead NFL Sideline Reporter; 

Co-Host, ABC's Dancing With The StarsDavid G. Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media Company; Founder, Advisory Board Company; Founder, Corporate Advisory Board Company

Carol L. Brown, M.D., Director, Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jimmy "Taboo" Gomez, Musician (Black Eyed Peas); 

Cancer Survivor Julie Papanek Grant, M.B.A., M.Phil., Partner, Canaan Partners

Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D., Deputy Director, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University

Howard Krein, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Director of Health Policy and Innovation, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Associate Professor, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Microvascular Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University

Eric S. Lander, Ph.D., Director, Broad Institute of Harvard and MITTodd Park, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Gregory C. Simon, J.D., President, Biden Cancer Initiative

Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO, Cancer Support Community

Jeffrey Zients, former Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council

.Initiatives begun under the Cancer Moonshot at federal agencies have continued, as have efforts started across the country in private companies, foundations and hospitals.Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden know there is much more to accomplish in the fight against cancer and will build on the progress made under the Cancer Moonshot through the efforts of the Biden Cancer Initiative, which will operate independently of the federal government.

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