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Immunotherapy Fact of the Day: Immunotherapy is a pillar of former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot.

Immunotherapy is a pillar of former Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot.

In 2016, former Vice President Joe Biden launched the National Cancer Moonshot—which featured immunotherapy as a centerpiece—to help accelerate our quest to cure cancer once and for all!

Part of that effort involved the formation of a Blue Ribbon panel—whose membership included James P. Allison, Ph.D., Elizabeth M. Jaffee, M.D., and Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.—which laid out ten recommendations for how we can speed up research and development to achieve this goal.

In response to one of the Panel’s recommendations, CRI has spearheaded an effort to create an online database and web resource designed to help basic and clinical researchers navigate immunological data across multiple tumor types. This database will be known as the Cancer Research Institute iAtlas and is the first comprehensive effort in immuno-oncology to address the recent National Cancer Moonshot Blue Ribbon Panel recommendation to establish a pan-cancer immune atlas that would help catalyze new research in cancer immunotherapy.

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