publication date: Jun. 30, 2017

Biden’s cancer nonprofit gets going

By Matthew Bin Han Ong

The Bidens are now official players in the realm of oncopolitics.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden announced the formation of the Biden Cancer Initiative, becoming the first U.S. vice president and second lady to establish and lead a cancer advocacy organization.

The new nonprofit, which was launched in New York on June 26, will have a broader focus than the Cancer Moonshot, the Obama White House initiative that had set specific goals and endpoints.

The Biden Cancer Initiative promises to build on Biden’s work in the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot and “develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research, and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.”

 Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden launch the Biden Cancer Initiative at the Alexandria Center in New York on Monday, June 26, 2017. Michael Appleton/Biden Cancer Initiative

Former Vice President Joe Biden outlines the mission and goals of the Biden Cancer Initiative at a June 26 launch event in New York.

The Biden mantra for achieving these goals hasn’t changed: convene key players—and double the rate of progress.

“We don’t enter this venture naively,” the Bidens wrote in a TIME op-ed. “While we are not cancer researchers or clinicians, we have spent the last two years learning everything we can from the world’s leading experts. And what we learned, more than anything, is that there is hope.

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