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NIH Braces for Funding Cliff in Cancer, Precision Medicine

April 2, 2019, 10:16 PM

A funding cliff written into a medical innovation law could hamper two major NIH projects—one to advance personalized treatments for disease and another to accelerate new cancer therapies, according to NIH officials.

The 2016 21st Century Cures law (Pub. L. 114-255)—the bipartisan legislation to spur new drugs and devices—created a 10-year innovation fund to accelerate special projects in four areas, including precision medicine and President Barack Obama’s “cancer moonshot” initiative to double the rate of new cancer treatments and prevention therapies.

A major point of debate for the bill was figuring out how to pay for the fund, ...