David was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme in September 2010. He was just 16 years old. David was funny, quirky, intelligent and kind. He was well loved by all who encountered him throughout his life. He wanted to be a chef, and he was so honored to meet Gordon Ramsay and to call José Andres a friend. He always had a smile and a hug for the people he loved - and that was nearly everyone he met. Four hospitals, a clinical trial, and countless prayers couldn't save David, and he passed away after a 20 month battle. Hoping to turn this tragedy into something positive and help solve the riddle of cancer, his mother and stepfather have founded the Dragon Master Foundation, with the goal of using big data to help researchers identify patterns and further their research.
To find and accelerate cures for cancers and other diseases by fostering and rewarding a community of collaboration and innovation. We seek to spread awareness, expedite research and kinder treatments, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
Roger Kasten is a product visionary, incisive technologist, and savvy marketer all rolled up in a very friendly package. He was the SR VP & CTO of the world’s largest Macintosh hardware development company for 15 years. He moved on to become the Director of Competitive Intelligence & Analysis for LSI/Engenio (the world’s largest ODM computer storage supplier) for 10 years. Engenio was ultimately acquired by NetApp at which point he assumed the position of Manager of the Competitive Advantage Team (CAT). In 2015 Roger moved to IBM and serves as the World-Wide Flash Technical Enablement Manager. He specializes in turning complicated technology issues into easily understood concepts. Roger is an avid four-wheeler, voracious reader, and a huge movie buff. He lives with his beautiful wife of 35-years, Leah, in Wichita, KS. He is immensely proud of their two boys, Joel and Jake.
CAVATICA is a data analysis and sharing platform designed to accelerate discovery in a scalable, cloud-based computer environment where data, results, and workflows are shared among the world's research community. CAVATICA and its partners continuously seek to find ways to collaborate, share, interoperate, and connect with any and all other data platforms in order to empower data across diseases, ages and geography supporting researchers and patients across the United States and throughout the world.