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White House Calls for Cancer Moonshot Initiative

July 13th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

President Barack Obama called for a “Cancer Moonshot Initiative” to make America the country that cures cancer once and for all at the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit June 29.

The White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force is housed within the Office of the Vice President and will focus on making the most of federal incentives, private sector efforts from industry and philanthropy, patient engagement initiatives, and other mechanisms to support cancer research and enable progress in treatment and care. Vice President Joe Biden serves as chair of the task force.

The initiative strives to double the rate of progress towards a cure by catalyzing next generation research and development, freeing trapped data, and increasing patient access to treatments and clinical studies.

As the President’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative looks to build public-private partnerships with industry, governments, health systems, non-profits, philanthropy, research institutes, patients, and academia, those interested in advancing the Moonshot can join today by visiting the Cancer Moonshot webpage.

USPTO Collaboration with Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force

During the summit, Vice President Biden shared that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is launching the Patents 4 Patients initiative, a fast-track patent review for methods of cancer treatments.

The USPTO will also release a Horizon Scanning tool in September that will leverage patent data sets to reveal new insights into investments around cancer therapy research and treatments. This tool will be integrated into the current USPTO Developer Hub, with the long-term goal of highlighting trend lines for new treatments and empowering the federal government, as well as medical, research, and data communities, to make more precise funding and policy decisions based on the commercialization life cycle of the most promising treatments.

Read the press release