The National Cancer Moonshot aims to accelerate research efforts and break down barriers to progress by enhancing data access, and facilitating collaborations with researchers, doctors, patients, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
Government agencies, academic researchers, cancer advocacy groups and companies have all pledged cash and cooperation to get past competitive barriers that experts say often slow advances in research of the disease.
During his 2016 State of the Union Address, President Obama called on Vice President Biden to lead a new, national “Moonshot” initiative to eliminate cancer as we know it. The initiative calls for pouring $1 billion into the fight “for the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save.”
To date, the administration has steered $195 million from the National Institutes of Health to the project for this budget year, while asking Congress for another $755 million for the NIH and the FDA in 2017. However, so far Congress has not provided the requested funds.