We see a world where cancer patients and caregivers are empowered with the knowledge and resources they need to access the right care at the right time. Where patients are confident in their decision making. Where employees with cancer feel supported by their employers. Where patients want to return to their clinics because expert guidance is routinely offered. And where your cancer treatment is not determined by your zip code.
Our mission is to give every cancer patient and caregiver a trusted clinical partner at their side to guide and support them throughout their cancer journey.
Our co-founders, Nabeel and Vanessa, were united by a shared vision: to untangle the complexities of navigating cancer care. They each came to this goal through a personal experience with cancer. For Nabeel, it was watching a friend’s family struggle through the cancer process. For Vanessa, it was feeling overwhelmed by her mother’s cancer diagnosis despite a 20-year career in biotech oncology.
When Nabeel and Vanessa first connected, they each had prior experience starting healthcare companies. Nabeel co-founded Evera, an at-home medical testing service, and Vanessa founded My Health Concierge, an early incarnation of Navvisa. Buoyed by their shared belief in what technology could offer in delivering personalized cancer guidance, they assembled a team invested in the mission of providing personalized cancer navigation services to patients and caregivers.
What Does Navvisa Mean?
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is like waking up in a foreign land without maps, guidebooks, or knowledge of the language. We think of our guidance as providing the NAVigation and VISAs for this journey that unlocks access to care.
“My Mother was diagnosed with cancer while I was working in oncology, and I still felt lost. Managing her care became a second full-time job.”
Experience: MPH, My Health Concierge Co-Founder, Genentech, Biogen/IDEC, Celgene
“As a nurse, I often listened to cancer patients and caregivers struggle. Then I became one and experienced that pain myself. Now we have a way to really help.”
Chief Clinical Officer
Experience: RN, MBA; Stanford Health Care, Director, Strategic Patient Care; Co-Founder, Tandem Health
“A friend was diagnosed with cancer, and the family found themselves in a foreign land with a new language. I felt there had to be a better way.”
“I have seen cancer from many vantage points, as a clinician, researcher, advocate and most impactful asa survivor of two types of cancer. I understand the importance of guiding others through the struggles and challenges.”
Experience: RN, MPH, Good Medicine, C2lt, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt
"It took me an excruciating 13 months to get a lung cancer diagnosis as a non-smoker in my 40s, so I begged Vanessa to let me join Navvisa in order to help others."