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Tackling a killer

Idealog‘s Matt Philp reports on Caldera Health’s progress and the passing of Dr Richard Forster.

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It’s been a bitter-sweet start to 2014 for Caldera Health, the Auckland company bidding to develop a new diagnostic tool for prostate cancer. Early signs that that first round of clinical trials are likely to produce a positive result have been overshadowed by the death in January of co-founder, Dr Richard Foster, one of our most brilliant and entrepreneurial scientists and arguably best known publicly for his founding role with biofuel venture, LanzaTech.

Forster’s death leaves his Caldera co-founder Jim Watson to carry on the quest to produce a more reliable test for the second biggest cancer killer of Kiwi men. It was anger at the misdiagnosis of their prostate cancer that inspired the two scientists to launch Caldera in 2009.