House report outlines push to bolster cancer research
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[October 18, 2016]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice
President Joseph Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative to speed the develop
of cancer treatments has made some important strides such as increased
information sharing among researchers but still faces challenges in many
areas, according to a report on Monday.
The White House is still seeking about $700 million from Congress
for the project. With Democratic President Barack Obama leaving
office in January, it is also unclear how much of the initiative
will continue under a new administration.
Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc have committed to create cloud
storage for the effort, according to the report that summarizes the
work completed so far and outlines a path forward over the next five
years. (Report: http://bit.ly/1TzXAkk)
Ride-sharing services Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Lyft will
help patients get to the doctor and to clinical trials.
"I'm going to devote the rest of my life to working on this, and I
think we're perilously close to making some gigantic progress,"
Biden told reporters.
The $1 billion moonshot project was announced by Obama during his
State of the Union address in January. Since then Biden, whose son
Beau died last year at age 46 from brain cancer, has announced
multiple investments and collaborations in support of the project.
The Cancer Moonshot initiative has also spurred Defense Department
to use artificial intelligence to analyze its collection of tissue
from tumors to look for patterns.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has launched a pilot program to
cut in half the time to review certain cancer therapy patent
applications from an average of about two years to less than 12
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Obama praised Biden for his leadership on the issue and said his
administration was laying the groundwork for future presidents to
continue the fight against cancer.
"While we are going to be leaving soon, what I think we are going to
be able to leave behind is an architecture and a framework" for
advancing cancer research, Obama told reporters after his meeting
(Reporting by Toni Clarke and Ayesha Rascoe in Washington; Editing
by Cynthia Osterman and Lisa Shumaker)
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