A note of optimism in fighting cancer as Vice President Joe Biden delivers his final Cancer Moonshot report to President Barack Obama. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A note of optimism in fighting cancer as Vice President Joe Biden delivers his final Cancer Moonshot report to President Barack Obama. "I am confident, absolutely confident that we will be able to accomplish in the next five years, what otherwise would have taken us ten years," Biden said. The administration's Cancer Moonshot initiative was designed to speed the development of new cancer drugs and diagnostics. The project, led by Biden, aims to double the speed of cancer research over five years by increasing collaboration between government and industry, simplifying clinical trials and fostering greater transparency in research. The $1 billion project was announced by President 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. The report, prepared by a multi-agency task force, summarizes the work completed so far and outlines a path forward over the next five years. "It's also a report to the American people, sharing the story of the spirit of discovery that defines this country and that gives me every confidence that we can do this," Biden said in a separate statement to the president, made available ahead of its formal delivery on Monday afternoon. Among other initiatives, the report describes new measures to accelerate development of blood tests to diagnose cancer and identify which patients might benefit from specific treatments. Among the new measures being taken: The Defense Department will use artificial intelligence to analyze its collection of tissue from tumors to look for patterns that could predict cancer. 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 months. Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will help patients get to the doctor and to clinical trials, and Microsoft and Amazon have committed to create cloud storage to the effort.