To The Moon

In 2016, President Barack Obama announced a White House Initiative—with then-Vice President Joe Biden in charge—that would catalyze unprecedented momentum in the development of real-world evidence and cancer informatics. With reporting by Matthew Ong, The Cancer Letter led the national coverage of the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot, as the bipartisan initiative came to be known, becoming a convener and leader in policy discussions. The Moonshot resulted in the creation of a dedicated cancer center at the FDA, and in an infusion of funds to the tune of $1.8 billion over 7 years, with NCI as the steward. The Cancer Letter continues to build on this coverage in 2021, as Biden returns to the White House with a renewed national agenda for cancer research.