Welcome to OpenCures.  I'm 
Kevin Perrott, founder and CEO.  For some of my professional affiliations, my LinkedIn Profile is a good place to go.  Here, I'd like to give you glimpse into the background on why I formed OpenCures.   

In my late thirties, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  I was very lucky, I caught it early.   As a singer in a rhythm and blues band, I had the habit of massaging my throat and it was after playing a New Year's Eve party that I noticed a lump that was interfering with my voice.  My "journey" from diagnosis through surgery, and its life-altering complications, was a sobering and focusing experience.  I learned that no matter how healthy I appear to be, negative changes are occurring in my body that I am unaware of.  That I felt betrayed by my own body was an understatement.  I survived because the tumor in my throat was obvious, something that won't probably be the case with whatever comes next.  I formed OpenCures to not only give me and my loved-ones an early warning system, but also a means to build a missing data resource that could increase the speed of health technology development exponentially. 

OpenCures achieves this remarkable feat by helping people help themselves.   In the course of answering their own current health questions, members will generate the data needed to provide answers to their future health challenges.   People who share their data to build the OpenCures Database will have contributed to a resource which, when fully-formed, will be able to provide them with a personal "Virtual Health Avatar" as well as the understanding of contributing to an in-silico model of human health that would enable vastly increased rate of development of therapies and cures.   

People who want to share their data to build the OpenCures Database are people like me, unwilling to wait and willing to do.  We are a team-oriented and like-minded group, holding minimization of time to the development of cures and therapies as a top priority in our lives.  OpenCures members experience a sense of urgency that we share with those who know their current state of good health is temporary and are willing to work to maximize their good health and that of their loved-ones.  We understand that our individual health data is rather uninteresting, but taken together, our aggregate data represents a resource of tremendous value and potential. 

How do we minimize time to the development of interventions?   

The graphic below contains a generic depiction of the intervention development cycle.  An individual uses resources to take an action that solves a health problem producing a positive result.  Solving this problem produces a net positive value which, if used to identify a better action, is used to produce samples that can be measured for the effectiveness of the action taken.  These samples are then tested with the resulting data next analyzed to produce insights which through intuition and logic lead to a better action.   This iterative cycle is incredibly slow in the current health technology development paradigm and requires billions of dollars, but it doesn't have to.  OpenCures can speed it up... a lot...by helping people focus the value of their health information on reducing the friction preventing smooth interaction of the elements below. 

The Intervention Development Cycle

ideas to products

There are a lot of very smart people out there and a lot of people who have resources to provide these very smart people to get this job done.   In other words, OpenCures needs *you* in order to help you.  The design of OpenCures is "open" and waits for the input of those who share a vision of a world where health is not the purview of the young, the lucky, or the rich, but for everyone.   If you'd like to contribute to its growth, please contact me.