For his exceptional leadership with the Cancer Moonshot, the Biden Cancer Initiative and other important initiatives that advance research for health, Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States, will receive the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award at Research!America’s 21st Annual Advocacy Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 15.. The program, which brings together leaders from government, industry, academia, scientific societies and patient groups, will be held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
“The energy behind the Cancer Moonshot is a result of Joe Biden’s unflinching determination to prevent and halt the progression of cancer,” said The Honorable Mike Castle, Research!America Board of Directors Vice Chair. “He’s a true visionary who has the capacity to marshal the necessary brainpower and resources to help us make greater strides in cancer research.”
Under Biden’s leadership, the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force facilitated novel, innovative and impactful collaborations among twenty government agencies, departments and White House offices, and over 70 private sector collaborations designed to achieve a decade’s worth of progress in five years in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Biden also helped lead the effort to pass the 21st Century Cures Act which provides $1.8 billion over seven years for the Cancer Moonshot’s scientific priorities. In recognition for his public service, Biden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, with distinction.
Other 2017 Research!America Advocacy Award honorees are Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) who will receive the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy; Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the NIH, the recipient of the Legacy Award; Kathy Bates, award-winning actress and Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) spokesperson who will receive the Isadore Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion; Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the recipient of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership; Leland H. Hartwell, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate and director of the Pathfinder Center at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute and Virginia G. Piper Chair of Personalized Medicine who will receive the Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award; and The Lupus Foundation of America, the recipient of the Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award.
For more information and to reserve your seat, visit www.researchamerica.org/advocacy_awards.