U.S. Vice President Joe Biden promotes the sharing of clinical data among cancer researchers as a means to develop new strategies, therapies and treatments. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A new unified system to facilitate sharing of genomic and clinical data among cancer researchers to help promote advances in personalized treatment for the many forms of the disease was launched on Monday, the U.S. National Cancer Institute said. Details of the project, known as Genomic Data Commons (GDC), were announced by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. "It requires somewhat of a change in mindset," Biden said. "And to be honest with you, it requires a lot more openness, open data, open collaboration, and above all, open minds." GDC, with an operation center at the University of Chicago, will be a key component of President Obama's "national cancer moonshot" effort to find cures and his Precision Medicine Initiative, NCI said. GDC will centralize, standardize and make accessible data from large-scale NCI programs such as The Cancer Genome Atlas and an equivalent database for childhood cancers, considered among the largest cancer genomics datasets in the world. The information will be made available at no charge to any cancer researcher.