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VP Biden discusses White House Cancer Moonshot

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 01:15

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden discusses the road ahead for the White House’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, laying out innovative research cooperation on curing cancer with NASA and IBM. Rough Cut No reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden outlined progress on the Cancer Moonshot initiative on Saturday (October 29), standing in for President Barack Obama during the White House's weekly address. The $1 billion 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 goal of the initiative is to make ten years' worth of progress in half of that time. Biden said that a nexus of scientific advancement and cooperation with the private sector was making strides, but much remains to be done. "We have to do everything from advancing prevention efforts, expanding access to care, forging an international commitment to fight cancer," he said. Biden highlighted what he said was innovative research cooperation efforts between NASA and the National Institute of Health and private sector initiatives like the use of IBM's "Watson" supercomputer. Biden released his final report on October 17th, detailing progress and continuing challenges. 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

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VP Biden discusses White House Cancer Moonshot

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 01:15