Biden Cancer Initiative: Accelerating Progress in Cancer Research


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Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Jill Biden, PhD

Jill Biden, PhD

Earlier this year, at the Alexandria Center for Life Science, former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, PhD, launched the Biden Cancer Initiative, their new venture to continue the fight to make progress in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and care.

The Biden Cancer Initiative will develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research, and care and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes. The Initiative will be a major convening force in driving new actions and collaborations toward ending cancer as we know it.

The Bidens said of this new effort, “Every minute, every day matters to patients, and we must bring that same sense of urgency to cancer research and care systems.… We are joining everyone who spends their days thinking about preventing cancer, about better understanding its biologic basis, about bringing early detection and education to all communities, about developing new treatments and therapies, and about caring for patients and their families through some of the hardest days anyone faces. We are on your team. And we are proud to be working alongside you.”

Board of Directors

The Biden Cancer Initiative will be guided by a Board of -Directors (co-chaired by the Bidens) that includes leaders and experts in the fields of medical research, patient care, information technology, finance, management, patient engagement, patient experience, and public policy. 

Comprising the Board of Directors are:

  • David B. Agus, MD, Professor of Medicine and Engineering, University of Southern California (USC); Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer, Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC
  • Erin Andrews, FOX Sports’ Lead NFL Sideline Reporter; Co-Host, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars; cancer survivor
  • David G. Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media Company
  • Carol L. Brown, MD, Director, Office of Diversity Programs in Clinical Care, Research, and Training, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Jimmy “Taboo” Gomez, Musician (Black Eyed Peas); cancer survivor
  • Julie Papanek Grant, MBA, MPhil, Partner, Canaan Partners
  • Elizabeth Jaffee, MD, Deputy Director, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University
  • Howard Krein, MD, PhD, Senior Director of Health Policy and Innovation, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson University
  • Eric S. Lander, PhD, Director, Broad Institute of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Todd Park, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer
  • Gregory C. Simon, JD, President, Biden Cancer Initiative
  • Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO, Cancer Support Community
  • Jeffrey Zients, former Assistant to the President for Economic 

To learn more about the Biden Cancer Initiative, visit bidencancer.org. ■



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