Meet WE Magazine’s Woman in Business Dr. Thehang, CEO and Founder of OncoGambit
Tell us about your company OncoGambit and the service you provide and mission
OncoGambit is a powerful and user-friendly website built to inform cancer patients about the best, science-based treatment options to help them advocate their own health and treatment plan. We minimize the time and energy spent meeting with multiple oncologists to discuss the best treatment for their type of cancer. We alleviate worry and inconvenience for people diagnosed with cancer by giving them the best and fastest answer to their most common question “what is the best treatment for me?” OncoGambit’s software summarizes all the important national guidelines treatment recommendations associated with any type of cancer to help patients ensure their best survival rate. It takes tumor information such as stage of cancer and tumor characteristics together with age and gender into account to provide the best personalized option for their treatment. We examine the most up-to-date national guidelines in cancer treatments and provide patients with the right specific treatment combination for their cancer stage and biology. Through OncoGambit, patients have the treatment that is agreed by 1100+ Cancer Experts (NCCN, ASCO, ASTRO, ESMO) in one place!
Our goal with creating our site was to help create a quick and easy way for patients to get information regarding their cancer and their treatment options, thus reducing their anxiety around treatment and allowing patients to focus on recovery.
Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur?
Being a business woman is a new territory for me, and I am excited to learn new things every day. As a physician, I can only help perhaps 1000 patients with new cancer diagnosis per year, but with OncoGambit I can help millions of patients a year. Subsequently, I feel that being a businesswoman is allowing me to further achieve my dream of helping people survive cancer.
I became an entrepreneur because I dream and think big! OncoGambit for example, is an idea that has not been tested or worked through before. I didn’t know if it would even be possible to develop a software that provides patients with instant validation of their treatment, but that uncertainty got me even more excited about the prospect of the business. I jumped in with both feet knowing that if I put in my full effort, the risk would be worth it. Luckily, I was right!
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, has been my greatest inspiration. He had an unbelievable imagination, and he was passionate and fearless when it came to growing the company. I admire his vision and ability to push the limits, even though some of his actions were considered controversial. As a result, he motivated me to go beyond my perceived ability.
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
I have several professional accomplishments in my career, including being an oncologist and a contributor to several research projects, but the most notable is the creation on OncoGambit. This was an extensive project, with only few team members, in uncharted territory. What made it notable for me is that my role expanded from being an oncologist to taking the lead in the development of our company and ensuring that we deliver an invaluable product for cancer patients. As a result, our product is world class and has been met with excellent reviews.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
The best advice I ever received came from collective business ‘giants’ who taught me that what makes someone successful in business is not knowing everything about business, but rather being passionate, determined, and fearless. After overcoming some initial obstacles, I became fearless which helped me to take my business forward to the next level.
What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business and spread the word about OncoGambit?
There is not one specific most effective marketing initiative that OncoGambit has utilized, but rather we combined various strategies to help us form a more powerful marketing campaign. We combined social medial, PR, attending cancer-related conferences (where we presented and introduced our business), and most recently we launched an Indiegogo campaign (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/oncogambit-cancer-education#/) .
What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?
I learned that mistakes happen while running my business but with the right mindset, I can turn these mistakes into opportunities to learn and make better future decisions.
Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business?
I joined a variety of professional groups through Meetup.com, where I met other local and not local professionals interested in networking. I’ve met numerous wonderful, knowledgeable, and inspirational business people that I would not have met otherwise. These members help each other by sharing new information that may bring all of our businesses to the next level, and often times, offer to help aid in the development of each other’s businesses. At the very least, they help spread the word about other member’s businesses, and I highly recommend this to any new business owner.
Do you have any new projects or announcements coming up?
We recently introduced our business at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (sabcs.org ), the biggest breast cancer meeting in the world that provides state-of-the art information on everything related to breast cancer, including patient resources, such as Oncogambit. In addition, we recently presented our business at Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Symposium (aimed-mi3.com ), which focused on the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare and medicine. Our next very exciting endeavor is to participate in Pfizer’s Advancing Care for Patients Living with metastatic breast cancer challenge. This challenge seeks new technology that will support patients with metastatic breast cancer along the care continuum and improve their overall quality of life.
What do you do for fun/relaxation?
I enjoy traveling because it allows me to meet people from different cultures, understand their background, and connect with them. I’m also an avid reader and enjoy reading a variety of things from works of fiction to cancer research publications.
What is Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?
Over the next year, I hope to gain more visibility for my business so that cancer patients and their families are aware of our product which is important for their survival. We envision reaching at least 10% of all cancer patients, and although this may not seem like a large number, it is, since it will be equivalent to approximately 168,521 lives that we can ensure receive the correct cancer treatment.
I believe that more emphasis and resources should be spent on cancer prevention. Simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference. We must increase awareness of these lifestyle changes that can lower the risk of developing cancer.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Love what you do and only recruit people that have passion for your product(s).
What’s the best way for the readers of WE Magazine for Women to connect with you (feel free to include the links to your social networks and websites)?
I can be reached in several ways, including:
WEBSITE URL www.oncogambit.com