Massive Bio is driven to provide cancer patients, their families and trusted treating oncologists, a service that will generate the most up-to-date precise oncology plan without disrupting their lives, relocating or financially hindering them.
In 2014, CEO and founder of Massive Bio, experienced first-hand a loved one diagnosed with cancer, her uncle was diagnosed with cancer. During this devastating time, Selin Kurnaz realized the lack of available information and data that her uncle’s oncologist had and those in the hospital. This set Ms. Kurnaz on a mission, starting first with researching why treating oncologist were unable to access information about current aggressive clinical trials and immunotherapies and their results.
A major discovery was that people in rural areas, about 50 miles from any recognized cancer treatment center, were most effected by three common factors. First, their treating oncologist were seeing so many patients that they did not have time and/or the advance technology available to identify and develop precise treatment opportunities based on new research and trials performed around the world. Secondly, patients and their families were being financially burdened due to travel, treatments, lodging, etc. The third factor was time. The treating oncologist did not have time to research specific cancers, the patients did not have time to wait for results that had to be sent away for further testing and cancer continued to grow and spread.
The outcome of this research, was the idea of a virtual tumor board, the use of algorithms and teaming with patients and their treating oncologists. If the Virtual Tumor Board, a group of esteem top oncologist could review data, the patient’s history, the algorithm that identified the cancer with others and their outcomes, plus their own experiences, then they could devise a comprehensive short list of options that would be as precise and personalized as any large cancer treatment facility. The last step, as it began with the first step of the process, was with the patient. Ms. Kurnaz didn’t want the patient to travel extensively, waste valuable time or money. So instead of having patients leave a trusted oncologist, Massive Bio would join their team and go to them.
Today, Massive Bio brings the best of two worlds together; top oncologist from around the world and cancer patients who otherwise might miss the opportunity to improve their quality of life.