Vice President Biden to Discuss National Cancer Moonshot Initiative at 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

Biden will address world’s largest gathering of cancer doctors focused on groundbreaking clinical research advances and the most promising treatments in patient care
For immediate release
May 31, 2016


Aaron Tallent

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Vice President Joe Biden will give remarks at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting on the White House’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative at Chicago’s McCormick Place on Monday, June 6.

“The Moonshot Initiative can be a vehicle for major new progress against cancer, and ASCO's Annual Meeting will address practically all of its essential elements,” said ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO. “We are excited to welcome Vice President Biden to the meeting, which focuses on the theme of collective wisdom. Like the Moonshot itself, the meeting reflects a bold commitment to bring the cancer community together and share knowledge to improve the care of patients.”

During his 2016 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama announced that Vice President Biden would lead a national “Moonshot” initiative to eliminate cancer. ASCO wholeheartedly supports the Moonshot Initiative’s comprehensive approach to accelerate the discovery of new cancer treatments, including issues related to enrollment in clinical trials, access to care, federal funding, and information technology and interoperability.

In meeting with Vice President Biden, ASCO has repeatedly stressed how important "big data" initiatives will be to the future of cancer care.  Based on input from its members, ASCO is also preparing to submit a set of concrete ideas for the Moonshot Initiative’s consideration to further advance progress against cancer.

Details on Vice President Biden’s ASCO Address are as follows:

  • What: Vice President Joe Biden’s Moonshot Address at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting
  • When: Monday, June 6
  • Where: McCormick Place, Hall B1
  • Access Information: The event will be open to all meeting attendees. Additional information about access and security will be available soon at   
  • Webcast Information: The Vice President’s Address will be webcast live and details will be provided prior to June 6.

ASCO will hold a news briefing on the Moonshot Initiative on June 6, at 9:45 AM CDT, in Room E353a. The speakers will be announced closer to the date.

More than 5,200 research abstracts representing advances in patient care were accepted to the ASCO Annual Meeting, the vast majority of which are publicly posted on, with a select few being publicly released during the meeting.

About ASCO: 

Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.