- Bob Wright


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The model is broken.

Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. There are no reliable early detection tests or curable treatments. The federal government treats pancreatic cancer with no sense of urgency. The same is true for other deadly diseases.

There is currently no successful mechanism in the government to fund biomedical research specifically to solve problems. We need a bold new approach to federal scientific research where we measure effectiveness by lives saved.

Demand a new approach.

CodePurple is advocating for the launch of HARPA (Health Advanced Research Projects Agency) to execute transformational medical research projects.

Modeled on the Department of Defense’s independent agency DARPA, HARPA’s high-impact investments with interdisciplinary capabilities would fast-track development of an early detection test and curative treatments for pancreatic cancer. HARPA would leverage federal research assets to build new capabilities for diseases that have not benefitted from the current system. Learn more about HARPA HERE.

National Leaders Call for Innovation.

“We have been receiving support for HARPA from the highest levels. Recently, I met with Dr. Steven Corwin, CEO of New York Presbyterian medical network, and Dr. Herb Pardes, the former CEO of New York Presbyterian. They believe HARPA is a terrific idea and  enthusiastically support it.” -Bob Wright 


“It’s critical to create HARPA, because we have got to take advantage of all that has been accomplished to date and turn them into something tangible, such as a cure, or a treatment, and we have to do it as fast as possible.” Dr. Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, Col. (Ret.)


“We’re going to restore accountability to infrastructure and forge new partnerships with your states and your cities, but also with businesses, to leverage private sector expertise and tap into the bottomless well of American innovation.” -Vice President Pence


“For the big problems you need government, sometimes with the private sector leading by example.” -Michael Bloomberg


“In our increasingly connected world where innovation happens at lightning speed, health research is moving quickly. But government regulations for approval of new drugs and devices are not keeping pace with the science for some of these breakthrough cures. We can do better.”

-Representative Greg Walden


“I’m not opposed to research… In fact, I’m grateful for some of it every time I pick up my cellphone or go to the doctor’s office. But the question is whether the information [from the research] is available to everyone, the diversity of the selection teams [choosing the research], and the national benefit of it.” -Senator James Lankford


“As a government leader, I’m not going to sit on the sidelines and watch all these other sectors innovate. I’m going to do everything I can as a leader to be in that innovation, to be a provocateur for that innovation.” -Senator Cory Booker


“We must continue to close the gap between the development of new drugs and devices and bringing safe and effective products to the public. Our policies should ensure safety and encourage innovation in order to make life-saving technologies and medicines available to the people who need them the most.”– Senator Joe Donnelly


“There comes a point in your life where you get a diagnosis—or news about someone you love—and all you can do is hope and pray that someone, somewhere has done important medical research that resulted in the development of a drug, or a procedure, or a device that gives your loved one a chance for life.” – Senator Dick Durbin


“Bold steps must be taken to accelerate the pace of scientific and clinical innovation. This will require the right leadership, organizational commitment, multidisciplinary expert collaboration and sustainable public/private funding.” -Dr. Tony Farrah, EVP, Chief Medical & Clinical Transformation Officer, Highmark Health

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The Suzanne Wright Foundation is dedicated to driving urgency and action in the fight against pancreatic cancer. It has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers—

91% of patients die.


Pancreatic cancer is an emergency. It requires leadership and resources and must be a priority.

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