Vice President Joe Biden was in Boston Wednesday to talk about the White House's Cancer Moonshot Initiative.
As he addressed a room full of cancer doctors and researchers, David Page watched intently.
"It is incredibly significant because the opportunity has never been greater," Page said.
Page, the director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, joined a few hundred people Wednesday afternoon to hear Biden give an update on the initiative, which President Obama announced during his last State of the Union address.
The initiative aims to accomplish 10 years of cancer research and treatment enhancements in the next five years.
"It is incredibly exciting for this event to happen in this city because this is a city because this is a city that has no peer," Page said.
The topic is incredibly personal for Biden. His son, Beau, died of brain cancer last year.
"Are we going to make the problem of cancer disappear in 5 years? No. But can we speed things up, improve the lives of many people, can we save lives? Absolutely," Page said.
Biden will stop in Nashua, New Hampshire, Thursday to campaign for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Friday morning, he will partake in a Cancer Moonshot roundtable at the University of Vermont in Burlington.