Joe Biden plans to dedicate life to cancer research after leaving White House

Vice President Joe Biden says he plans to dedicate his life to cancer research when he leaves the White House in January.

Biden plans to build on the "cancer moonshot" initiative he launched earlier this year, which aims to help accelerate cancer research -- a topic that has touch him personally. His son Beau died of brain cancer last year at the age of 46.

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The Obama Administration has requested nearly $800 million to fund the new initiative in 2017.

While he has received an incredible amount of support, Biden has faced some criticism for his efforts so far. A New England Journal Of Medicine editorial blasted his proposal that researchers share data as part of the project.

Biden spoke to STAT on Friday and made it clear he has no intentions of serving in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's administration should she win the Nov. 8 election.

"I'm not going to stay on in the administration," Biden told STAT. "What Hillary talked about is, as I understood it, me being able to have the same authority over elements of her administration from the outside that I have now from the inside, to be able to coordinate those efforts."

The vice president has reportedly spoken with current philanthropists in cancer research, as well as doctors, researchers and foundations.

"I'm going to stay involved in this effort as long as I'm alive," Biden said.

Biden also told STAT he hopes Republican candidate Donald Trump would support his initiative should he win the White House.

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