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‘Moonshot’ To End Cancer Requires Combined Effort Of Federal Agencies, Scientific Advances

Medium: The Cancer Moonshot Task Force: Removing Bureaucratic Hurdles and Supporting Scientific Advances
Joe Biden, vice president of the United States

“[Thursday], President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing a first-of-its-kind federal task force to carry out our call for a moonshot to end cancer as we know it. … When it comes to speeding the pace of progress, we’ll clear out the bureaucratic hurdles —  and, quite frankly, let science happen. … We’ll build around a few key areas where there seems to be consensus from the cancer community: First, we’re at an inflection point – and the science is ready. … Second, we have the potential to take advantage of big data and advances in supercomputing with greater data sharing. … Third, we need to increase access to game-changing treatments. … We’re not trying to make incremental change here. We’re trying to get to a quantum leap on the path to a cure. That’s the goal of this moonshot. To make a decade worth of advances in five years – and, eventually, end cancer as we know it…” (1/28).

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