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Like many Americans, Vice President Joe Biden understands the need for cancer breakthroughs better than anyone.  He lost his eldest son, Beau Biden to brain cancer.

Monday at the Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit, Biden talked about the primitive way he had to send his son’s medical records to doctors.

“You know what we end up having to do? Going in with a cell phone taking pictures of the MRI to send to MD Anderson,” an emotional Biden told the audience.  “There’s no way to get them down.  Can you imagine any other company in the world working that way? You badly need an innovation conference here.”

Biden says researchers must be held accountable for their findings.

“From now on, the 60% of you who don’t share this data on time, you’re gonna get fined$10,000 a day. That’s a promise,” says Biden.  “It’s unconscionable this information’s not shared as required.  It’s estimated only 10% of clinical research studies are properly recorded, which slows progress.”

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