From: Stancill, Jane
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 6:07 PM
To: Dubyak, Meghan M. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool 5
VPOTUS met privately with Stephanie Lipscomb, whose brain tumor was treated successfully with poliovirus therapy at Duke. Lipscomb sat in the audience during the roundtable discussion, and VPOTUS commented that she looked "as healthy as can be."
VPOTUS said he wanted to hear from cancer researchers about federal stumbling blocks and he promised to help clear the way. He said the "moonshot" effort is not a federally controlled push from on high, but wants to know how the government can be helpful.
VPOTUS said the goal is to deliver more game changing treatments, "to double the rate of progress we're making in understanding and treatment of cancer and to make a decade's worth of advances in the next five years, and to eventually end cancer as we know it."
"We're not looking at incremental change," VPOTUS added. "We're trying to do is end up with a quantum leap in the path to a cure."
VPOTUS said his focus on cancer would extend beyond the end of the Obama administration.
"I plan on making this a major component of what I'm going to do the rest of my life."
VPOTUS has left Duke and that's the end of your pooler's report.
higher education reporter
The News & Observer