Last week, Physician in Chief Stacy Nicholson, MD, MPH and I were very proud to represent Phoenix Children’s Hospital at an exciting announcement by Patrick Soon-Shiong on Cancer MoonShot 2020, the nation’s most comprehensive cancer collaborative initiative aimed at accelerating genomics and immunotherapy as the next-generation standard of care for cancer patients. We were joined by Sen. John McCain, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and other hospital and community leaders.
Most exciting for us is that Dr. Soon-Shiong (pictured above) announced that Phoenix Children’s Hospital will serve as the pediatric polestar of Cancer MoonShot 2020, the new Pediatric Cancer MoonShot Consortium. At the core of this venture is a commitment to genomic technology to advance bench-to-bedside translation of scientific advancements to prevent, treat and manage pediatric diseases, first in cancer then addressing other conditions. Eight other prestigious children’s hospitals joined us in person to pledge their participation:
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago / Northwestern, IL
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, GA, Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center
- Children’s Hospital of Orange County, CA
- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, PA
- Duke Department of Pediatrics – Duke University School of Medicine, NC
- Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, MA
- Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, UT
- Sanford Health, SD
Since we first announced our joint venture with Patrick, the Chan Soon-Shiong Children’s Precision Medicine Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, we have worked to build the infrastructure to make this exciting progress possible. These include:
- CAP-accreditation for the Phoenix Children’s Biospecimen Repository
- CLIA-certified Lab to offer whole genome sequencing, RNA sequencing and proteomics
- Technology infrastructure, including a High Performance Computing Platform that allows us to offer high throughput, complex genomic analysis to researchers across the country; a direct high speed “fiber” connection to the Nant Genomic Testing Facility in Culver City, CA, for rapid transfer of genomic data; and a comprehensive cancer population management platform, design not just to collect and analyze clinical data, but to actively assist in the comprehensive clinical management of patients’ lives.
- Bioinformatics expertise
- Clinical data repository and analytics
- Clinical trials support
- Access to novel drugs
Members joining the Pediatric Cancer MoonShot Consortium recognize that progress is clearly not moving fast enough and there is an urgent need to address the unique needs of pediatric cancer patients by bringing the resources of the Cancer MoonShot 2020 to the pediatric cancer community. These include access to state-of-the-art, next-generation molecular profiling capabilities, access to over 60 novel and approved therapies, along with other invaluable expertise, focused on improving pediatric cancer care specifically.
We’re very proud of Phoenix Children’s as a national leader in pediatric quality care as well as cutting edge research.
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