Vice President Joe Biden will be at Duke University on Wednesday as part of the “National Cancer Moonshot” initiative that President Barack Obama tapped him to run during his State of the Union address last month.
This will be the second university that Biden has visited during his listening tour since the president’s address, following his appearance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center. Details on the time and place at Duke are still being worked out.
The vice president has said the initiative will bring together federal agencies and Cabinet-level offices to improve coordination on research, data-sharing and return on investment. On Monday, the White House announced that a $1 billion jump start will be used to ensure the most promising work has the funding it needs.
In a recent blog posting, Biden explained the task, which he proposed last year.
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“Over the next year, I will lead a dedicated, combined effort by governments, private industry, researchers, physicians, patients, and philanthropies to target investment, coordinate across silos, and increase access to information for everyone in the cancer community. Here’s what that means: The Federal government will do everything it possibly can — through funding, targeted incentives, and increased private-sector coordination — to support research and enable progress.”
Biden’s son Beau died from brain cancer last year.
“From my own personal experience, I’ve learned that research and therapies are on the cusp of incredible breakthroughs,” Biden wrote. “Just in the past four years, we’ve seen amazing advancements. And this is an inflection point.”
The vice president also talks about the project further on his Facebook page in postings on Wednesday.