AACR Recognizes Vice President Biden for his Visionary Leadership in Overseeing the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative
PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) commends President Obama and Vice President Biden for their dedication in the fight against cancer throughout 2016, culminating in today’s signing of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures). The legislation allocates $1.8 billion over the next seven years, including $300 million for the current fiscal year, to support the Vice President's Cancer Moonshot Initiative, since renamed the “Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot.”
“Today is a momentous occasion for the entire cancer research community and, more importantly, for the millions of people whose lives are touched by cancer,” said Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), chief executive officer of the AACR. “The 21st Century Cures Act is a vitally important piece of legislation that will allow us to realize Vice President Biden’s goal of achieving a decade’s worth of lifesaving progress against cancer in five years. We are very grateful to both President Obama and Vice President Biden for inspiring the nation to come together to make cancer research a national priority.”
The goal of the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot is to accelerate the pace of research so that new, more effective therapies become available to patients, while also improving our ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage. The targeted, multi-year funding provided through Cures will support the implementation of the 10 cutting-edge scientific recommendations of the Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel and will lead to the development of promising new approaches to cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.
“As the Vice President has highlighted throughout 2016, we are at an inflection point in cancer research, which is the result of decades of dedicated efforts to increase our knowledge and understanding of the more than 200 diseases called cancer,” said AACR President Nancy Davidson, MD, who is the executive director of the Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium. “There are 15.5 million cancer survivors who are alive today because of cancer research. Today’s action by President Obama provides us with a down payment for the resources necessary to save more lives from cancer.”