Fighting cancer on a global scale
Oslo – Bjarte Reve, the CEO of the Oslo Cancer Cluster and also one of the 200 World Economic Forum’s 2009 Young Global Leaders, wants to use his new title to accelerate the development of better cancer diagnostics and treatments in developing countries. “The World Economic Forum already works for better access to treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. However, a cancer initiative is also called for, since cancer kills more people on a yearly basis than those three diseases combined,” said Reve.
The Norwegian is proposing the establishment of a public-private cooperation cancer network initiative to be called “From cancer research to cure”. Reve believes that “by making health authorities, researchers, pharmaceutical firms, biotech companies and patient organisations work more closely together, we can develop new cancer treatments faster and more cost-effective than today.” In May, Reve attended the World Economic Forum and Young Global Leader summit in Jordan. The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a multi-stakeholder community of 200-300 young leaders from all over the world who are named each year at the World Economic Forum.