Video: Former Vice President Joe Biden Shares Personal Fight to End Cancer in StartUp Health Festival Keynote


Biden told hundreds of StartUp Health attendees how his son's battle with brain cancer brought to light today's "antiquated" care delivery model. Here's Biden's vision for the future.

Howard Krein, MD, PhD

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StartUp Health was pleased to bring together healthcare executives, leaders, movers, and shakers, at this year’s StartUp Health Festival, held over two days in January during JP Morgan Healthcare Week in San Francisco, California. Former Vice President, Joe Biden, delivered the event’s keynote address, also having spoken at the event the year prior. Biden, who recently launched the Biden Cancer Initiative alongside his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, to work toward the development and implementation of efforts including cancer prevention, cancer detection, and cancer care solutions, spoke candidly last month about his son, Beau Biden’s, struggle with brain cancer.

In honor of February’s National Cancer Prevention Month, and World Cancer Day on February 4, we are pleased to present Biden’s full speech below:

  • Howard Krein, MD, PhD