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Leading CEO spearheads support for cancer research & tech

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In the fight against cancer, funding for early-stage researchers and early-stage biotechnology is critical

Leading CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Lance Kawaguchi, is spearheading support for new innovation to beat cancer.

Kawaguchi firmly believes that there must be more support for early-stage researchers and early-stage biotechnology. He knows that solving this problem can ultimately change the way cancer is approached.

“I wanted to make sure we can change the paradigm, so we can get money to treatments and also to researchers as quick as possible.”

lance kawaguchi, ceo, cure brain cancer foundation

Leading experts collaborate on cancer cure mission

Ticker’s Holly Stearnes sat down with Kawaguchi, alongside Professor Webster Cavenee and Dr. Alfred Yung. Together, they spoke about the importance of funding for early-stage researchers and early-stage biotechnology.

Cavenee is the Chairperson of our Scientific Advisory Committee & Director at the Ludwig Cancer Research, San Diego.

He has fundamentally changed the way scientists think about the onset of cancer and its progression. 

Yung is an integral part of Neuro-Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is an expert in clinical research and treatment of glioblastoma multiforme.

Yung is also a 17-year cancer survivor and was recently named to the Blue Ribbon panel of experts selected to advise the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot.

Investing in early-stage researchers

Researchers are an integral part of the fight against all cancers. They work tirelessly to find a cure or treatment to ensure a better outcome for those who have fallen victim to the disease.

However, far too often, many early-career researchers miss out on critical funding to enhance and enable their remarkable work.

Many early-stage researchers are exposed to discrimination in the industry and frequently denied access to grants. Instead, grants are mostly given to late-career researchers.

The hierarchy in the industry means that up and coming researchers and some of the best minds in the world regularly get overlooked.

However, these minds and fresh ideas are the key to trying new innovations and potentially a cure for a disease that impacts millions of people every day.

The future depends on rising researchers and the innovation they bring.

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is transforming the way cancer is approached and injecting much-needed awareness. Cancer is more than just a cause, it’s a movement.

“Researchers are the hardest working people. I want to make sure they have stability of funding… There’s a fundamental flaw in how we support early researchers.”

lance kawaguchi

Challenges for early-stage biotechnology

Biotechnology is the key to finding a cure for cancer. However, its innovative ideas don’t always make it to fruition because they face enormous setbacks within the industry.

Early-stage biotechs need funding to begin and continue to operate. The market in general is saturated and extremely hard to eventuate.

“We need to take a different lens… Where we can focus on the return on investment but also on the return on social impact.”

lance kawaguchi

Combatting early stages of a new biotechnology company can be difficult.

However, focusing on quality science, strategic management, securing funding, staffing, and regulatory compliance can increase the chances of success.  

“You can think about how cancer is investigated as if it’s a funnel… What we want to do is fill the funnel.

By that I mean new ideas, from multiple fields… We need to make the top of the funnel wider.”

Professor webster cavenee

Cancer knows no boundaries

Yung treated U.S. President Joe Biden’s oldest son, Beau Biden, before his death of brain cancer, aged 46.

Yung has been recognised by the Biden family, for his attempt to save Beau’s life.

The Biden administration launched the Cancer Moonshot’ initiative in a bid to halve the rate of cancer deaths by 2047. The President made mention of Yung when launching the initiative.

“See that doctor on the end there?

That’s the man who spent 18 months trying to save our son’s life. Doctor, I love you. The whole family loves you.”

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(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trusting in CBCF

Lead by Kawaguchi, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, is adding urgency to the fight against cancer.

They’re putting processes in place to give funding to early-stage researchers and early-stage biotechs, who have the ability to innovate the way cancer is approached.

Both Yung and Cavenee are highly respected in cancer research and have chosen to partner with Kawaguchi in his mission to find a cure for brain cancer.

“His keen interest on innovation and out of the box thinking… He is a move and shaker and it is a privilege to partner with him in this endeavour.”

Dr. Alfred yung

“Lance is on a mission for cancer patients, and that’s why I partnered with him.”

Professor webster cavenee

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Paper printing goes digital for long running cost savers

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Automatic cash-back integration for future generations

 

Shopa Docket is an Australian coupon company founded in 1986.  They are a provider of the cost saving coupons that appear on the back of receipts in supermarkets and variety stores. 

The company is now going digital with new announcements and easier ways to save. 

Embarking on a strategy to increase sales for business and pass on cash savings to shoppers just by using your debit/credit card. Shopa Group have undertaken a crowdfund capital raise. Founder and chairman of Shopa Docket; Simon Mccord explained the exciting leap the company looks to make into 2023 and beyond.  

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Fake reviews run rife as consumers take notice

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Fake reviews, positive and negative can cripple brand integrity

Authentic content creation continues to be one of the main ways that brands are connecting with customers online. With Australian business witnessing the damage that fake reviews are having, as some companies commit to writing their own positive content to generate sales.

Kate Musgrove is the Managing Director for Bazaarvoice in the Asia Pacific region and highlights the damage that fake positive reviews can have on brand loyalty.

Business owners seeking a solid understanding of customer expectation in today’s digital world are starting to understand the difference between what brings active engagement or complete disregard.

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Be your own retail brand with dropshipping solutions

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Tackling the cost of living ahead of holiday season

E-commerce expert and CEO of Australian social e-commerce platform BuyersCircle, Lance Eerhard, outlines the incredible growth of their platform since its inception.

Highlighting our attention on dropshipping and explaining how everyday people can jump in to start their own business in less than 3 minutes. Dropshipping allows people to sell online without storing their own inventory.

The application invites users to capitalise on existing key product categories and leverage the Buyerscircle infrastructure to become their own ‘e-tailer’ and assist users to make some money ahead of the Christmas season.

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