A Proactive Way to Detect Cancer at Its Earliest Stages

In November 2016, German-American entrepreneur Cyriac Roeding read a profile of Sam Gambhir, a physician and scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine, in a magazine. In the article, Gambhir described how he had devoted his career to early cancer detection, only to lose his teenage son Milan to a highly aggressive brain tumor in 2015.

Roeding, the cofounder and former CEO of mobile shopping app Shopkick, was struck by Gambhir’s story and immediately sent him an email, asking to meet. Over the next few months, the pair developed a friendship and Gambhir became Roeding’s guide to the complex world of biology and engineering.

One day, Gambhir pitched his own idea—a

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