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Billionaire's moonshot is falling far short of the hype Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Robbins | STAT   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:49

The world's richest doctor had a very bold plan.

He'd assemble an unprecedented collaboration of companies, researchers, and doctors. Their mission: to vanquish cancer. By the year 2020, they'd build a working vaccine and test therapies in 20,000 patients. They would forever transform medicine.

Or so Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong vowed when he launched his audacious "Cancer MoonShot 2020" a year ago.

The supremely self-confident billionaire behind that vision has drawn attention at the highest levels: He's talked cancer research with Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, even the Pope. He's met with President Donald Trump at least twice since the election. Riding high on his pledge to win the war on cancer, Soon-Shiong is said to have pitched a role for himself as national health care czar in discussions with Trump's team.

But a STAT investigation of Soon-Shiong's cancer moonshot has found very little scientific progress.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 16:48
 


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