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Biden's Cancer Moonshot: Money Isn't Everything... Especially With The Backing Of Silicon Valley

June 28, 2016

Cancer is a killer and has been for decades. There's been no shortage of efforts to try to cure a disease that comes in hundreds of forms. But now three distinct, powerful groups are competing and collaborating toward a cure: two Silicon Valley billionaires (including Sean Parker, best known for his roles in Facebook and Napster) and Vice President Joe Biden are all leading "cancer moonshots." Will they achieve a moonshot toward a cure like America did with the race to the moon?

Our findings include:

  • All annual government spending on science, space, and technology  would have to be redirected toward cancer to match the amount spent on average annually during the race to the moon
  • A lack of funding might be less important today because of the dramatic increase in computing power and access to big data