Silicon Valley may be the world’s tech centre, but an Australian app for cancer patients has attracted global interest from researchers, users and investors alike.
Founded last year by Sydney doctors Nikhil Pooviah and Raghav Murali-Ganesh, CancerAid currently assists over 40,000 cancer patients as well as their carers and doctors across 24 countries.
The app aims to provide a communal space journal for their cancer experience, access medically reviewed information on treatments and symptoms, and access support from other cancer sufferers.
Now, CancerAid has been selected as the first Australian start-up to join the Cedar-Sinai Accelerator at one of the most prominent medical centres in the US, Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles.
In addition to an intensive three-month mentoring program, CancerAid will receive a $120,000 initial investment to support its continued expansion from specialist start-up network Techstars.
“Recent evidence has revealed that up to 25 to 30 per cent of cancer admissions are potentially preventable with the majority of those being due to inadequate management of symptoms,” said Dr Murali-Ganesh.
“[The] CancerAid app is already helping to facilitate these benefits, but with the support of Cedar-Sinai and Techstars, we are excited to be able to evolve our app further and help many more people.”