Sadly so many advances in the market are driven by economic's rather than real advancement.
We could make cures for many of the diseases, but sadly there are no economic incentives to do it.
Pharmaceutical companies have more incentive to treat cancer than cure it. So they will never advance to curing cancer or any of the major diseases.
So we need a global entity that can do research for the advancement of human race as a species and not worry about profits and economic feasibility.
For example if Elon Musk was given a few billion dollars, he could make the colonisation of Mars reality. But sadly he first has to build a profitable company before he can achieve this.
Once they find a break through they could license the technology to couple of companies to bring it to market at a reasonable price.
This could be funded through a patreon like a campaign. Where each month you could donate $1 for this cause. Even if 10% of the population funded it, we could generate 1 billion per year.
If we get more funding we could create contests where first person or company, to come up with an invention that is required could get a huge prize money.
Those who fund could even vote on the projects that needed to be worked on.
So is anyone up for it.