The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, renowned worldwide for the cancer care it provides, has launched a new endeavor that it says will "dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths."
...the best attributes of both academia and industry by creating cross-functional professional teams working in a goal-oriented, milestone-driven manner to convert knowledge into tests, devices, drugs and policies that can benefit patients as quickly as possible.
Moon Shots will start with six teams that will begin to work on these eight cancers:
MD Anderson feels the success of this program will come from the infrastructure it is building across the institution. This support will begin with funding. Each team, or "moon shot," will also receive "an infusion of funds" to begin their work. MD Anderson estimates that the Moon Shots Program could potentially cost $3 billion in the next 10 years. And they are OK with that bill.
Moon Shots officially begins February 2012. For more information on the Moon Shots Program, please visit www.cancermoonshots.org.
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