Project Innovation

Cancer Cures
Are Born of Medical Innovation.


Only continued investment in innovation can ensure future cancer treatment breakthroughs. That's our misson. Project Innovation

Project Innovation is a national movement designed to accelerate the pace of medical discovery in cancer, deliver safe and effective breakthrough therapies to patients quickly and save lives.

Bringing together patient advocates, healthcare professionals, biomedical researchers, medical innovators, payers, policymakers and 21st century thinkers, this groundbreaking initiative harnesses the power of all Americans to change the face of cancer as we know it.

Launched in June 2014, Project Innovation follows the release of the National Patient Advocate Foundation’s report, Securing the Future of Innovation in Cancer Treatment, which identified institutional, regulatory and funding hurdles that are driving up the costs and delaying the development of new cancer therapies – factors that ultimately limit patient access to much needed treatment. To overcome these obstacles, the report provides a blueprint for action, suggesting policy solutions, research collaborations, data sharing concepts and funding options that can significantly advance innovation.

We’ve made great strides against cancer.



+4 years life expectancy | +23 million years of life | +$1.9 trillion value added

Between 1988 and 2000, life expectancy for cancer patients increased by approximately four years, which translates to about 23 million additional years of life and roughly $1.9 trillion in value added to the economy.

Lakdawalla, Sun, Jena, Reyes, Goldman, Philipson. “An Economic Evaluation of the War on Cancer.” Journal of Health Economics. Vol 29, Issue 3, pages 333 – 346. May 2010.

But there is progress to make.

1600 - deaths each day

Cancer kills nearly 1600 Americans every day.

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2014.

$201.5 - billion in 2014

As a country, we will spend $201.5 billion in health care costs to fight cancer and to provide treatment to the 1.6 million Americans who will be diagnosed this year.

“Cancer Facts and Figures 2013.” American Cancer Society. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2013.

45% - by 20301

Looking to the future, cancer cases are expected to jump nearly 45% by 20301. This translates into 13 million more lives lost to cancer.2

  1. American Society of Clinical Oncology. The State of Cancer Care in America: 2014.
  2. Ferlay J, Shin H-R, Bray F, Forman D, Mathers C, Parkin DM. Estimates of worldwide burden of cancer in 2008: GLOBOCAN 2008. Int J Cancer 2010;127:2893–917.

Here’s Our Plan:

Highway 1

Reduce the regulatory and logistical obstacles that delay drug development

-'Wires' 2

Encourage a new wave of experimentation through research funding

Water 3

Enhance the delivery of innovation through improved communication and coordination between providers and patients

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