Leaders in clinical and translational cancer research from academia, industry, government and the nonprofit advocacy sectors convene each spring in Bethesda, Maryland, for a unique forum designed to speed cancer treatments to patients. Our three-day, on-site interactive AAADV Workshop offers a mix of small group lectures, moderated discussions, plenary lectures and facilitated case studies of successful drug applications. Participants gain valuable insights on negotiating the spectrum of successful drug development and hone their strategic planning skills with a focus on target validation and pathway identification. AAADV is the only workshop held in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration designed specifically to help participants understand and negotiate the drug development approval process so that effective cancer treatments can reach patients more quickly.