Biden plans cancer nonprofit, 'deliberately' unaffiliated with a health system

In addition to working on foreign and domestic policy, Vice President Joe Biden plans to continue the Cancer Moonshot post-White House through an independent nonprofit, according to reports from The Washington Post and The Hill.

The vice president was overheard on a hot mic saying he plans to continue the cancer initiative through "the Biden Trust," which will "deliberately not [be] associating with any one medical center," The Hill reported Tuesday. Vice President Biden's communications director, Kate Bedingfield, confirmed with The Hill the cancer efforts will remain independent of a university.

In an interview with Vice President Biden published Wednesday, The Washington Post also confirmed the cancer nonprofit will not be affiliated with a university or cancer center. This decision was made so as not to play favorites among institutions that compete for the same resources, The Washington Post reported. It also reported the nonprofit is unofficially being called "the Biden Cancer Initiative," but nothing is finalized yet.

The White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative was launched in January 2016 and led by the vice president, who lost a son to brain cancer in May 2015. The initiative aims to improve cancer care and research by injecting funds, promoting participation in clinical trials and encouraging data sharing among researchers.

Aside from this initiative, Vice President Biden plans to also work on policy issues at Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania and his alma mater, Newark-based University of Delaware, according to The Washington Post.

 

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