Cancer Moonshot Milestones

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To help you keep track of what's happening with the Cancer MoonshotSM, this page is updated with links to information from NCI, NIH, and other key sources.

Visit often to stay up to date on the latest activities and milestones as progress is made on the Cancer Moonshot. You can also sign up to receive email updates sent to you directly by clicking on the link in the box below.

Activities and Milestones

January 11, 2017
An NCI press release announcing the launch of the NCI Formulary, a new drug formulary that will enable investigators at NCI-Designated Cancer Centers to have quicker access to approved and investigational agents for use in preclinical studies and cancer clinical trials
October 17, 2016
A White House fact sheet announcing the release of a report summarizing the work of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force and several new public and private sector activities to support the goals of the Cancer Moonshot, including a partnership between NCI, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft to build a sustainable model for maintaining cancer genomic data in the cloud
October 17, 2016
A Medium.com story by Tony Kerlavage, Ph.D., chief of NCI’s Cancer Informatics Branch, about NCI’s new data sharing collaborations and an expansion of NCI’s Cancer Genomics Cloud Pilots, which will further the development of a national cancer knowledge system
October 17, 2016
A Medium.com story releasing a report summarizing activities and an implementation plan for achieving the Cancer Moonshot's goals
October 17, 2016
An article in the Huffington Post by Blue Ribbon Panel co-chairs Dinah Singer, Ph.D., Tyler Jacks, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D., summarizing the panel's final report and what it will take to make the recommendations a reality
October 17, 2016
The letter from NCI Acting Director Douglas R. Lowy, M.D., to Vice President Biden that accompanied the Blue Ribbon Panel final report, thanking the Vice President for his commitment to and leadership of the Cancer Moonshot
September 28, 2016
An NCI press release announcing a collaboration with the Multiple Myeloma Foundation to incorporate genomic and clinical data about the disease into the NCI Genomic Data Commons
September 22, 2016
A perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Robert Grossman, Ph.D., Allison Heath, Ph.D., Vincent Ferretti, Ph.D., Harold Varmus, M.D., Douglas Lowy, M.D., Warren Kibbe, Ph.D., and Louis Staudt, M.D., Ph.D., expressing their hope that the cancer research community will contribute to the NCI Genomic Data Commons by sharing data, a hallmark of the Cancer Moonshot
September 16, 2016
A White House fact sheet announcing a series of new steps focused on increasing access to information about clinical trials and improving the efficiency of our clinical research system
September 16, 2016
A Medium.com story by Lyric Jorgenson, deputy executive director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, about the work being done across the government and private sector to strengthen the U.S. clinical research system under the Cancer Moonshot
September 16, 2016
An NCI Cancer Currents blog post by Sheila Prindiville, M.D., M.P.H., director of the NCI Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials, and Presidential Innovation Fellow Michael Balint on a new application programming interface (API) to build online tools that help people find NCI-supported clinical trials.
September 9, 2016
An NCI Cancer Currents blog post by Acting NCI Director Doug Lowy, M.D., thanking the cancer community for contributing to the Blue Ribbon Panel report
September 7, 2016
A U.S. "Cancer Moonshot" to Accelerate Cancer Research
A Policy Forum article in Science by Blue Ribbon Panel co-chairs Dinah Singer, Ph.D., Tyler Jacks, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D., describing their approach for generating recommendations, what was produced, and their expectations for what will happen next
September 7, 2016
Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel Report
The Blue Ribbon Panel report presented to the National Cancer Advisory Board describing its recommendations for achieving the Cancer Moonshot’s goal of making a decade’s worth of cancer research progress in 5 years
August 11, 2016
How to Advance Progress Against Cancer: We Asked and You Delivered
A Medium.com story by Dinah Singer, Ph.D., co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel and acting deputy director of NCI, about the ideas and comments submitted by the public and cancer experts to the Cancer Research Ideas platform
July 17, 2016
Inspiration and Progress: Our National Commitment to Defeat Cancer
An editorial in Coping with Cancer by Acting NCI Director Doug Lowy, M.D., describing the aims of the Cancer Moonshot, the work of the Blue Ribbon Panel, and the sense of opportunity and commitment that the initiative has inspired
July 16, 2016
At the Victoria Comprehensive Cancer Center, Vice President Biden Announces New Memoranda of Understanding Between the United States and Australia, New Funding as Part of Cancer Moonshot
A White House fact sheet announcing the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding that will facilitate the sharing of cancer research data, for use by researchers and physicians around the world, to advance cancer research and care
July 8, 2016
Making clinical trials information more accessible
A Medium.com story by Warren Kibbe, Ph.D., director of NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, and Presidential Innovation Fellow Alexandra Pelletier about redesigning how patients and oncologists find and understand information about cancer clinical trials. Share your ideas at https://cancerclinicaltrialsideas.cancer.gov.
June 30, 2016
The Cancer Moonshot Summit: Reaching New Heights
An NCI Cancer Currents blog post by Acting NCI Director Doug Lowy, M.D., recapping the Cancer Moonshot Summit held in Washington, D.C., on June 29
June 29, 2016
Why an integrated network of genomic and clinical information on cancer is essential
A Medium.com story by Acting NCI Director Doug Lowy, M.D., and Warren Kibbe, Ph.D., director of NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, on the launch of the Genomic Data Commons as part of the Cancer Moonshot
June 29, 2016
NCI-Related Activities Announced at the Cancer Moonshot Summit
A summary of the NCI-related Cancer Moonshot activities announced in the June 28 White House fact sheet below
June 29, 2016
Significant expansion of data available in the Genomic Data Commons
An NCI press release announcing the signing of a data sharing agreement between NCI and Foundation Medicine, Inc., expanding the number of cancer cases in the NCI Genomic Data Commons
June 28, 2016
The Cancer Moonshot is a Mission, and All of Us #CanServe
A Medium.com story by Vice President Joe Biden mentioning some of the measures being implemented by government agencies, private companies, universities, institutions, and foundations to address cancer—and asking readers to share how they’re stepping up in their communities
June 28, 2016
At Cancer Moonshot Summit, Vice President Biden Announces New Actions to Accelerate Progress Toward Ending Cancer As We Know It
A White House fact sheet announcing a set of new public and private sector activities to support the goals of the Cancer Moonshot
June 23, 2016
The Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel: Moving Toward a Final Report
An NCI Cancer Currents blog post by Acting NCI Director Doug Lowy, M.D., updating readers on the panel's work to develop a final report outlining research ideas to be pursued under the Cancer Moonshot
June 6, 2016
Vice President Biden’s Moonshot Address at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting
An archived video of Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks at the ASCO annual meeting on the Cancer Moonshot
May 24, 2016
The Cancer Moonshot: Achieving Lift Off
A Medium.com story by Greg Simon, executive director of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, about Vice President Biden’s June 29 Cancer Moonshot Summit and President Obama’s request for funds to launch the Exceptional Opportunities in Cancer Research Fund 
May 19, 2016
Aiming High—Changing the Trajectory for Cancer
A perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine by NCI Acting Director Doug Lowy, M.D., and NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., that explains why they believe the time is right for a renewed surge against cancer
May 11, 2016
Accelerating Progress against Cancer with Science and Collaboration
A Medium.com story by Acting NCI Director Doug Lowy, M.D. on the activities underway to set cancer research priorities for the Cancer Moonshot
May 10, 2016
How to Submit Your Research Ideas for the Cancer Moonshot Initiative
An archived Google Hangout on Air in which Blue Ribbon Panel members Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D., David Arons, and Dinah Singer, Ph.D., discuss how to submit ideas to the Cancer Research Ideas platform and the latest updates on the Blue Ribbon Panel's activities
May 9, 2016
Calling on Data Enthusiasts to Help Advance Cancer Research
An NCI Cancer Currents blog post by Warren Kibbe, Ph.D., director of NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, explaining that data sharing is central to NCI’s efforts against cancer
May 2, 2016
What I Said at the Vatican About the World’s Efforts to Fight Cancer
A Medium.com story by Vice President Joe Biden recounting his address at the Vatican that brought together cancer patients, survivors, cancer researchers, physicians, and philanthropists
April 29, 2016
The Cancer Community's Next Steps for the Moonshot Initiative
An NCI Cancer Currents blog post by Dinah Singer, Ph.D., co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel, on how the panel is moving quickly to develop recommendations on how to accelerate progress against cancer
April 21, 2016
What I Said to the Largest Convening of Cancer Researchers in the Country Yesterday
A Medium.com story by Vice President Joe Biden recounting his remarks at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting
April 20, 2016
A Shared Commitment for Accelerating Progress with the Cancer Moonshot
An NCI Cancer Currents blog post by Acting NCI Director Doug Lowy, Ph.D., about Vice President Biden’s remarks at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting
April 18, 2016
NCI opens online platform to submit ideas about research for Cancer Moonshot
An NCI press release announcing the launch of an online platform to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas for the Cancer Moonshot
April 4, 2016
Blue Ribbon Panel announced to help guide Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative
An NCI press release announcing the Blue Ribbon Panel, a working group of the National Cancer Advisory Board that will recommend how best to advance the themes of the Cancer Moonshot
February 10, 2016
President Obama’s Budget Request Affirms Commitment to Progress against Cancer
An NCI Cancer Currents blog post by Acting NCI Director Doug Lowy, Ph.D., on President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget Request, which includes $680 million to support the Cancer Moonshot
February 2, 2016
The National Cancer Moonshot Begins to Take Shape
A statement by NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., following the first meeting of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force, presided over by President Obama and Vice President Biden
February 1, 2016
Investing in the National Cancer Moonshot
A White House fact sheet announcing a $1 billion investment to provide the funding necessary for researchers to accelerate cancer research and describing cutting-edge research opportunities
January 28, 2016
The Cancer Moonshot Task Force: Removing Bureaucratic Hurdles and Supporting Scientific Advances
A Medium.com story by Vice President Joe Biden describing key focus areas to be addressed by the Cancer Moonshot Task Force
January 28, 2016
White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force
A White House memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies establishing the Cancer Moonshot Task Force
January 21, 2016
Supporting Vice President Biden's Cancer Initiative
An NCI Cancer Currents blog post by Acting NCI Director Doug Lowy, Ph.D., about Vice President Biden’s new initiative to accelerate cancer research
January 12, 2016
Inspiring a New Generation to Defy the Bounds of Innovation: A Moonshot to Cure Cancer
A Medium.com story by Vice President Joe Biden describing the Cancer Moonshot, a combined effort by governments, private industry, researchers, physicians, patients, and philanthropies to support research and enable progress
  • Updated: January 11, 2017

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