- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden called for “a decade’s worth of progress in five years” in cancer research Wednesday at his “moonshot” summit at Howard University in Washington, saying the effort is about much more than his late son, Beau.

“Part of the moonshot … from my view is honoring Beau and the life he lived,” the vice president told about 350 researchers, physicians and others. But he added, “This is not about my son, it’s just my personal experience.”

“It’s not about a single person,” Mr. Biden said. “It’s about us. Not giving up hope. Having the urgency now. The goal of the ‘moonshot’ is to propel us forward.”

Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware, died of brain cancer at age 46 in May 2015. In February, the White House announced a $195 million initiative at the National Institutes of Health, part of a $1 billion budget proposal to speed up cancer research.

At the summit, the vice president called on drug companies to eliminate unnecessary price increases and said federal funding should be cut off to clinical studies that fail to report their findings publicly within the time required by the government.

Mr. Biden said more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer of will be diagnosed by the end of this year, and about 600,000 Americans will die from the disease in the next six months.

“We owe it to future generations to seize this moment,” Mr. Biden said.

As part of the effort, the White House said IBM Corp. will donate access to its “Watson” supercomputer to the Department of Veterans Affairs, to facilitate quicker cancer treatment for veterans.

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