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The model is broken.

The Suzanne Wright Foundation was founded by Bob Wright, in honor of his wife Suzanne. CodePurple is an initiative of The Suzanne Wright Foundation to bring urgency and action to pancreatic cancer.

An early detection test for pancreatic cancer would be the most effective weapon to save lives from this disease. 91% of pancreatic cancer patients die – mostly because their cancer is too advanced to treat by the time of diagnosis. 

Screening tests for breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer have saved millions of lives over the last 20 years.  Pancreatic cancer patients have been left behind. 

Demand a new approach.

CodePurple advocates for HARPA – a Health Advanced Research Projects Agency – as the most promising vehicle to develop a pancreatic cancer detection test. 

HARPA, modeled after the spectacularly successful DARPA unit at the Department of Defense, would leverage the basic research done at the NIH and NSF to build new capabilities for diseases like pancreatic cancer that have not benefitted from the current system.

An early detection test for pancreatic cancer would be a top HARPA priority.

Learn more about HARPA HERE.

Support for HARPA.

“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, Former Vice Chairman GE & Chairman NBCU; Founder, The Suzanne Wright Foundation; Co-Founder, Autism Speaks


“Why not marry NIH’s talents and assets and assets to the private sector assets and then invite people who have good ideas to come in so you can move the process. -Dr. Herb Pardes, Executive Vice Chairman of NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, Former Director NIMH


“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, Col. (Ret.) Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins; Founder and Former Director of DARPA BTO


“Why can’t we have all the centers in the country have one giant well run database that maybe industry can help run, and share that data, and actually come up with potential algorithms for this? We as clinicians do it off the top of our head, you know, that’s outdated. I see HARPA helping us coordinate an effort amongst multiple smart people and institutions, and industry groups to come up with a plan, and to run it effectively together.” –Dr. Matt Weiss, Surgical Director, Johns Hopkins Liver and Pancreas Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinics; Associate Professor of Surgery


“Now is not the time for HARPA at all.  Two decades ago would have been a good time for HARPA.  Three decades ago would have been a good time for HARPA. There’s an immediate need…. We’ve got, depending on how you frame a disease, 9,000 human diseases. We have interventions for maybe 500 of these diseases… Until we actually start to go directly at that problem we’re not going to get there.” –Mike Stebbins, Former Assistant Director for Biotechnology at the White House OSTP


“I think that glioblastoma alongside pancreatic cancer, and perhaps some other really tricky complex rare diseases should be at the forefront of HARPA. Because if you can crack those it’s going to be much easier to crack other diseases… What really excites me about HARPA is it’s a really innovative approach that looks at today’s reality and tomorrow’s promise.” –Jessica Morris, Co-founder of OurBrainBank


“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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