Biden to discuss fight to end cancer at South by Southwest

In this Feb. 3, 2017, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about his Cancer Moonshot initiative and preventable patient safety at the 5th Annual Work Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit in Dana Point, Calif. Organizers of South By Southwest said Monday, March 6, that Biden will give a speech on Sunday, March 12 at the festival in Austin, Texas, about about his cancer-fighting initiative. (Ana Venegas/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

AUSTIN, Texas | South By Southwest says former Vice President Joe Biden will give a speech at the festival about efforts to end cancer.

Organizers announced Monday that Biden will be a featured speaker in Austin on Sunday, during the portion of the festival focusing on interactive technology. Biden will discuss plans for his new cancer-fighting initiative.

Biden has said recently that the initiative will focus on improving data standards to help researchers, work with community care organizations to improve access to care and push to ensure patients can afford treatments.

Biden previously led a White House “cancer moonshot” effort to accelerate developments toward a cure.

The former vice president has focused on improving cancer research efforts since his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, died of brain cancer in 2015.