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September 20, 2018

6:30-8:30 pm               Biden Cancer Summit Welcome Reception with Fierce Awards Highlights

September 21, 2018

8:00 am-8:30 am        Breakfast
8:30 am-9:00 am        Break/Transition
8:00-11:30 am             Registration

Masters of Ceremonies: 

  • Craig Melvin, News Anchor, NBC News’ “TODAY” and Anchor on MSNBC
  • Lindsay Czarniak, Sportscaster and Host, CNN’s Bleacher Report

8:50-9:55 am               Opening Session: The Cancer Journey

While cancer is personal, the cancer experience is not isolated. In a series of short lightning talks, we will hear wide ranging perspectives of trials and triumphs throughout the cancer journey.

  • Evan Ruggiero
  • Shawna Butler and Chérie Petersen
  • Joseph Ravenell
  • Paul Hancock
  • Kristy Richards
  • Bruce Campbell
  • Jacqueline Smith

Keynote: Reflections on the Cancer Journey

  • Dr. Jill Biden

9:55-10:40 am             Panel: From Fear to Fierce
A discussion among people going through their respective unique cancer journeys, connected by the strength of their resolve to turn cancer fears into cancer fierce.

  • Stephanie McMahon, Connor’s Cure and WWE
  • Bryce Olson, FACTS – Fighting Advanced Cancer Through Songs
  • Richard Pazdur, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Devon Still, Still Strong Foundation
  • Moderator: Laurie McGinley, Washington Post

10:40-11:00 am           Commitments to Doubling the Rate of Progress

  • Joe Gebbia, Airbnb
  • Jonathan Hirsch, Syapse and Steve Kalkanis, Henry Ford Cancer Institute
  • Henry Rodriguez, National Cancer Institute
  • Phillip “Jay” Storm, Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Carla Tardif, Family Reach

11:00-11:20 am           Urgency of Now Conversation with Tom Coughlin, Jay Fund and Jacksonville Jaguars
This conversation focuses on Tom Coughlin’s work in providing support and financial assistance for families during one the most trying times of their lives, spotlighting what is so badly needed beyond the science and medical advancements.

11:20-11:40 am           Transition 

11:40 am-12:35 pm    Salons: Changing the Culture of Cancer Care and Research

  • Addressing disparities in outcomes and care
    Cheryl Willman, University of New Mexico Cancer Center and Karen Winkfield, Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Prevention
    Carol Brown, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Ernie Hawk, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Patient Navigation
    Danelle Johnston, Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators and Brenda Nevidjon, Oncology Nursing Society
  • Patient Data and Education
    Todd Park, Devoted Health and Mark Jacobstein, Guardant Health
  • Survivorship
    Peter Adamson, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Susan Schneider, Duke University
  • Clinical Trials
    Nilo Azad, Johns Hopkins University and Craig Lipset, Pfizer

12:35 – 12:50               Transition/Break

12:50-1:45 pm         Luncheon Panel: State of Innovation in Cancer Care and Research

  • Laura Esserman, University of California San Francisco
  • Bibhash Mukhopadhyay, New Enterprise Associates
  • Feng Zhang, Broad Institute
  • Sy Mukherjee, Fortune (Moderator)

1:45-2:00 pm               Transition/Break

2:00-2:55 pm               Salons: Changing the Culture of Cancer Care and Research

  • Value and Access
    Tanisha Carino, FasterCures and Dana Goldman, University of Southern California
  • Sharing and standardizing data to improve outcomes
    Anna Barker, Arizona State University and John Wilbanks, Sage Bionetworks
  • Translating innovative ideas into improved health
    Elizabeth Jaffee, Johns Hopkins University and Howard Krein, StartUp Health
  • Tackling the toughest cancers
    Sam Blackman, Silverback Therapeutics and Julie Grant, Canaan Partners
  • Developing systems needed to treat the patient
    Samir Khleif, Georgetown University and William Dalton, Moffitt Cancer Center and M2Gen
  • Surviving cancer
    Kim Thiboldeaux, Cancer Support Community and Jennie Crews, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Network

2:55-3:15 pm                 Transition/Break

3:15-3:35 pm               Panel: Shared Economy, Shared Solutions

  • Kristen Berlacher, Airbnb
  • Dave McLaughlin, WeWork
  • Gyre Renwick, Lyft
  • Matthew Herper, Forbes (Moderator)

3:35 – 3:55 pm            Commitments to Doubling the Rate of Progress

  • Duane Mitchell, The Legacy Program in Brain Cancer
  • Norman Scherzer, The Life Raft Group
  • Jennifer Dent, BIO Ventures for Global Health
  • Gary Puckrein, National Minority Quality Forum
  • Karen Smith, Eliminate Cancer Initiative

3:55-4:15 pm               Urgency of Now Conversation

This conversation between two leaders at different junctures of their professional paths will explore how to turn the best science and the most innovative approaches matter most when they turn into meaningful outcomes for patients.

  • Freda Lewis-Hall, Pfizer
  • Kavya Kopparapu, Harvard University/Thomas Jefferson High School

4:15-4:30 pm               Turning Ideas into Action

Summing up the highlights from working sessions throughout the day, we will focus on ideas ready to be acted upon, collaborations needed to happen, and opportunities within our reach to accelerate progress against cancer.

  • Greg Simon, Biden Cancer Initiative

4:30 – 5:00 pm            Ending Cancer as We Know It

  • Vice President Joe Biden

5:00 – 6:00 pm            Break


6:00 – 7:30 pm            Cancer Town Hall with Vice President Joe Biden

Session 1:  Prevention, early detection, diagnosis

  • Carol Brown, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Regina Benjamin, 18th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Elmer Huerta, Washington Hospital Center Preventorium
  • Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, Deputy Surgeon General of the United States

Session 2: Research and Innovation

  • David Agus, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Jaffee, Johns Hopkins University Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Sam Blackman, Silverback Therapeutics
  • Julie Grant, Canaan Partners

Session 3: Care and Survivorship

  • Stefanie Joho, Cancer Survivor
  • Todd Park, Devoted Health
  • Shawna Butler, Singularity University
  • Richard Schilsky, American Society of Clinical Oncology


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