Cancer Moonshot, US
The aim of the Cancer Moonshot, US project is to dramatically accelerate efforts in cancer research. Within 7 years, the goal is to accelerate the results and findings that would normally require twice the amount of time. The initiative will closely interact with patients, patient organisations, cancer researchers, cancer centers, universities, governments, and the private and philanthropic sectors. In this collaboration, the aim is to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.
In June 2016, President Obama called on Vice President Biden to lead this Cancer Moonshot initiative. A cancer task force was established, and an action plan was initiated to address the following key topics
- Reach funding of USD 1.8 billion
- Develop and use a super-computer called Watson (to gather all relevant information, and act as an open cancer repository related to cancer patients)
- Establish a network for direct patient involvement
- Research and development within 13 different areas, see examples below:
- Reduce the risk of therapy resistance
- Childhood cancer
- Reduce the side effects during cancer treatment
- Increase knowledge on prevention and early detection of cancer
- Develop new technologies to characterise tumours and test therapies
One of the most important messages that was stated by the former Vice President Joe Biden was the need to “break down the silos and start to collaborate”. This urgent declaration is directed towards all researchers, clinicians, organisations, institutes (both academic and within the private sector) that are working in the field of cancer. This statement is of utmost importance because we are looking for as many ways as possible to cure cancer.
The 47th Vice President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden Jr. delivers the keynote speech at the Human Proteome Organisation (HuPO) Global Leadership Gala Dinner in Dublin, Ireland on 16 September 2017
Cancer Moonshot: 5 things to know – https://youtu.be/6S7RPAy629Y