The judging panel will include, but is not limited to, representatives from Astellas and our partners.
More judges for 2019 will be announced soon.
Mark Reisenauer has been Senior Vice President of the Oncology Business Unit at Astellas Pharma US, Inc., since May 2011. A veteran oncology commercial leader, Mark is responsible for all US commercial activities supporting marketed products and Astellas Pharma's oncology co-promotion partners. He also leads commercial planning for early-stage development compounds.
“Many of us have been touched by cancer. Our experiences are powerful and emotional motivators. I encourage applicants to turn your idea and your connection to cancer into motivation. If you have an idea, bring it forward.”
Mark was a caregiver for his father, who battled head and neck cancer before passing away on his 80th birthday.
Bill Rancic is a businessman and TV personality who rose to fame after winning the first season of The Apprentice. He is a published author and motivational speaker covering the subject of entrepreneurship and business. Bill's New York Times best-selling book, You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life, chronicles Bill's successful life, experience and proven advice.
“Supporting small businesses – and that’s really what these are, are small businesses – doing important, great work… that’s what we should be doing.”
Bill acted as a caregiver for his wife, Giuliana, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, and is excited to join the C3 Prize program for his second year and help inspire fellow entrepreneurs to pursue their ideas.
Hernâni, a biomedical researcher and PhD candidate in digital media, currently leads the development of the first Portuguese Health Literacy Laboratory at the University of Porto. Their mission is to increase health literacy and quality of life through the dissemination of disruptive products. He won the 2017 C3 Prize for his video game–influenced "exergaming" app, The HOPE Project, designed to increase activity levels and reduce anxiety in children with cancer during and between hospital visits.
“I love seeing work on improving communication between patients and healthcare professionals. We need to focus on holistic solutions, on tools that can help inform people.”
Hernâni is a cancer survivor.