Washington Update

Biden Cancer Initiative Seeks Partnerships with the Research Community

By: Jennifer Zeitzer
Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Biden Cancer Initiative (BCI) recently issued a nationwide “Call to Action” to gather input about new programs and partnerships that organizations are undertaking to improve cancer prevention, diagnosis, and care.

Through an online form, BCI is seeking examples of innovative projects and collaborations that are making exciting progress across the full spectrum of cancer discovery, including basic research, clinical trials, patient care, recovery, and survivorship. The types of efforts BCI is interested in emphasizing include university partnerships that promote data sharing, catalyze new scientific breakthroughs, and revolutionize diagnostic and prevention tools.

Organizations that wish to contribute to this effort are asked to provide a brief overview of their group, a description of the project and its goals, the launch timeline and expected duration, and a list of contributing partners. Entries submitted by August 1 will be eligible to be highlighted at a national Biden Cancer Summit hosted by Vice President Biden in mid-September.

Launched in June 2017 to continue and expand the important work catalyzed by the Cancer Moonshot, the mission of the BCI is to “develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research, and care, and reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.” The “Call to Action” is part of the initiative’s ongoing interest in working with researchers, universities, private philanthropy, government and the public sector, patients, and patient organizations to accelerate actions and collaborations with the goal of “ending cancer as we know it.”

For any questions, contact Dr. Catharine Young at cyoung@bidencancer.org.