Fw: VPOTUS pool report #2: the Cancer Task Force (Moonshot)

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From: Francesca Chambers
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 5:06 PM
To: Lance, Kirsten E. EOP/OVP
Subject: VPOTUS pool report #2: the Cancer Task Force (Moonshot)

The vice president met with members of his Cancer Task Force this afternoon in EEOB.

Pool was let into the meeting at the top, just before 4:30 pm.

The VP spoke for 5 and a half minutes about the moonshot and did not take questions.

Here's some of his remarks. A list of attendees provided by the VP's office is below.

'We've marshalled the full force of the federal government, and our goal to make a decade's worth of progress within the next five years.'

The group has been meeting regularly and has subcommittees.

'Today we are meeting to review progress that has been made and the collaborations and the specific, the very specific proposals each of the agencies' is making.

They will be announced at the Cancer Moonshot Summit on June 29 that will be taking place in DC and in 100 difference places in the country simultaneously.

'We're in a position now.. .where we are, where medicine and science have reached an inflection point where we really have an opportunity to make more progress than we ever, ever made in fighting the 200 different forms of cancer.'

All the government agencies are 'going to play a critical part' the vice president said, even the ones that are not as obvious as HHS like DOD and the VA.

A major focus of the task force: 'What proposals can we put in place in the near term....so we are able to demonstrate by the end of this summer we're making sustained, specific progress on our goal.'

'We are determined that by the end of this administration this will not be characterized as, there was another effort. We're determined to say we made specific progress, and the next administration is in a better position to be able to continue moving this down the road.'

Goals of moonshot:

Scientific breakthrough through new partnerships in the private sector

Better data sharing among institutions

Use capability to find new patterns in record

'We're committed, the president and I, to give each cabinet member, each agency here the resources they need in order to get the job done and meet the goal that they set out.'

'Everyone says they're for this, there's been an overwhelming response in the Congress to this,' he said, so they feel good about getting 'substantial financial assistance toward the moonshot.'

'None of us view this as a one-term effort,' he said. 'This is a matter of building on success.'

'We're absolutely determined to make substantial changes.'

'Stay tuned.'


* Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Department of Health and Human Services * Robert Califf, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration * Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts * France C?rdova, Director, National Science Foundation * John Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy * Douglas Lowy, Director, National Cancer Institute * Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director of Science, Outreach, and Policy, National Institutes of Health * Peter Levine, Undersecretary, Department of Defense * Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency * Secretary Robert McDonald, Department of Veterans Affairs * Secretary Ernest Moniz, Department of Energy * Cecilia Munoz, Director, Domestic Policy Council * Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration * Andy Slavitt, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services * Russell Slifer, Deputy Under Secretary, US Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce * Jeff Zients, Director, National Economic Council * Michael Deich, Deputy Director, ?Office of Management and Budget

Francesca Chambers
White House Correspondent

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