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03. September 2015
How did GET help the C2C Oncology app?
Now that the GET project has delivered its services to SMEs and startups the last 20 months, we are asking some of the beneficiaries how the project has helped them.
We asked Sarah Lopez, founder of the C2C Oncology project and developing an app.
GET: Thank you Sarah for taking the time. Please tell us more about your project.
Sarah Lopez: "My project is to build a mobile application for oncology. It will allow to monitor side effects of oral chemo therapy and oral targeted therapies of cancer patients treated at home. The point is to better adopt the dosage they receive and have a better knowledge of their wellbeing everyday. The second objective is to inform them through the app and help patient prepare their next appointment with the oncologist. This application could be used in mainstream oncology but also clinical trials if slightly modified. The point is to monitor side effects of oral treatments but it could be used for intra-venous therapies as well (scientific modification needed to adopt the app though)."
GET: Before meeting the GET team, what challenges did you face?
Sarah: "Our biggest challenge is to decide on one business model but mostly to get scientific validation. As we are building a medical mobile application for oncology we want to
have the content fully approved by a board of oncologists, if possible key opinion leaders, and they are hard to get to. That is why the help of GET organization, cancer organization and
pharmaceutical lab can come handy in order to give some credibility to the project and open the doors of oncologists' offices."
GET: How did you get into contact with the GET project?
Sarah: "I got into contact with GET by sending an email to Jorge. I first new the get project through an Horizon 2020
GET: What kind/level of support did the GET project offer you?
Sarah: "Jorge offered me advise, corrected my presentation, my speech. He also gave me documentation such as
identifying needs in healthcare and how to build a business mode. Those documents the GET provide are very useful and simple enough. The list of identified needs is something key and very
valuable that I have presented to all pharmaceutical lab innovation manager I could meet."
GET: What value did it bring you?
Sarah: "The GET organization offered me support and credibility but also documentation."
GET: Was the support of the GET project helpful and in what way ?
Sarah: "Without the support of the GET project I will have never believed in my idea or found the strenght to present it at a contest being alone. The advices I was given were very helpful."
GET: Where are you know? Have you overcome some issues?
Sarah: "Today the project is moving forward slowly but we will go faster in September. I am just out of a meeting with the pharmaceutical lab Pierre Fabre, they will help me with the project as outsiders. They won't be financing the project as I want to keep it unbiais but they will be helping me to get in touch with oncologists, patients and pharmacists to contact user study and scientific validation. They are interested in the project as one of their main product is an oral chemotherapy.
Today I have 2.000 euros for this project. The point is not to create a company per say per but a non profit organization in order to get financing from the cancer research organization next november. I was alone working on this project but in September we will be six, all pharmacists, working on the scientific side of the project but also it's marketing and scientific communication. Hopefully I have found student developers willing to work on an Android versionof the app for free or little money. I will need to pay for iOS developers most likely. But for the time being the scientific development of the project is the hardest work.
The C2C oncology app product will be free. We will develop it through public financing as an organization most likely. The app will need to evolve and management + teaching will need to be done at partner hospitals but that will be a sold as service to the hospitals. There is also the possibility to incorporate the app in clinical trials softwares especially for pharmaceutical labs and that could be a money stream as well.
Thank you so much for your help Jorge and GET!"