BioOhio's Friday Forum with Don Graves, Healthcare Policy Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden
Aug 7, 2020
1:00 pm
2:00 pm

BioOhio’s Friday Forum Series brings federal & state legislators, policymakers, political insiders, and advocates from all political parties and points of view in discussion with Ohio's bioscience industry through virtual town hall events. The August 7th Friday Forum welcomes Don Graves, Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Domestic and Economic Policy Director to Vice President and Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden.

Mr. Graves will share with attendees an overview of Mr. Biden’s healthcare platform, share his own story overcoming cancer, and his work with Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative for which Mr. Graves serves as Mr. Biden’s point person.

Space is limited – don't miss your chance to reserve your spot!


  • When: Friday August 7th,2020 1:00 PM EST - 2:00 PM EST
  • Where: Virtual Townhall via Zoom. Log-in instructions will be provided after registration and will also be e-mailed to you before the town hall

About Don Graves:

Don Graves had a tumor removed only last April. He had expected it to be benign, but the following month, his doctor jolted him with the news that it was cancerous. The treatment appears to have been successful, and Mr. Graves reports he is cancer-free.

He said it was his way of making a powerful point to the task force: that his own fight with cancer is a reminder that this affects everybody.

Mr. Graves, Joe Biden’s counselor and director of domestic and economic policy, said his main mission as coordinator of the new initiative is to convince cancer researchers and advocates to put aside self-interested politics in favor of faster progress.

Mr. Graves believes what’s most important in his work with the cancer initiative is knowing how to identify the right people, but also knowing how to deal with the politics of cancer.

He says the Cancer Moonshot Initiative will try to accomplish a few primary goals: make sure federal funding is going to the right places at the right time; find more and better ways to prevent cancer; give patients enough information to make their own decisions about treatments, and give them better access to care even if they can’t afford treatment at the nation’s most famous cancer centers.