Category: Devices

Interview with Better Health CEO Naama Stauber Breckler

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October 21st, 2021 by

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Better Health CEO Naama Stauber Breckler

Naama Stauber Breckler grew up on a moshav, an environment that encouraged a lot of exploration. She was an officer and software engineer in the Israel Defense Forces, then worked for defense and security companies before moving to the US a decade ago.

At Stanford Business School, she found her calling in healthcare through cross-functional collaboration on unsolved problems, starting with catheters. She learned through her startup experience about deficiencies in distribution and patient support and decided there had to be a better way.

And now, she’s created Better Health, a startup that takes urology and ostomy supply to the next level with simple processes, personal consultations with experts, peer coaching and education. It’s the kind of experience I would want for myself and loved ones. 

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Naama explains what’s better about Better Health, and how the company is striving to bring value based care to a corner of the market where it hasn’t really been seen. Better Health is ramping up, having just announced a Series A financing led by Caffeinated Capital and General Catalyst.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Interview with Allurion co-founder Shantanu Gaur

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August 12th, 2021 by

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Shantanu Gaur

Shantanu Gaur has been inspired and driven by his parents, brilliant and independent-thinking immigrants from India. When it came time to choose between a career as a physician or as an entrepreneur, his mathematician father helped him calculate how many people he could help and what would happen if he failed.

As co-founder and CEO of Allurion Technologies, Shantanu has helped develop and launch balloons –not into the sky but into the stomach– where they help patients feel full and lose weight. The product is on the market in Europe and the Middle East, and there are plans for the US and China as well.

Allurion is succeeding where other weight loss balloons have failed. The company’s balloons can be swallowed and filled in an office visit –not an operating room– and are paired with nutritional counseling and a digital support system.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Interview with Glympse Bio CEO Caroline Loew

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June 24th, 2021 by

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Glympse Bio CEO Caroline Loew

Glympse Bio CEO Caroline Loew grew up in England with the expectation that she could do anything. After all, her grandmother managed a hotel when she was in her 20s and her parents always supported her ambitions. And while for most students, organic chemistry is a weed out class for pre-med Caroline actually fell in love with the subject and pursued her PhD.

She then made her career in drug development at big pharma where she built a strong and broad foundation across multiple domains that prepared her to run a biotech company.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast Caroline shares her personal and career background and what it’s like to lead a high-profile spinout from MIT with prominent board members and investors. We also talk about sexism in science and business and I ask her to explain why she appears in so many podcasts.

Like  a few of my other guests, one of her book recommendations is the Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. She’s also a fan of General Stan McChrystal’s book Team of Teams. Recent recommended reads include Editing Humanity by Kevin Davies  and No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Making diabetic foot ulcers history. Interview with Podimetrics CEO, Jon Bloom

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April 1st, 2021 by

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Podimetrics CEO, Jon Bloom

As an anesthesiologist, Jon Bloom was distressed to participate in so many foot amputations for diabetic patients. He vowed to do something to consign this barbaric, Civil War era procedure to the dustbin of history. Eventually, he met up with some like-minded co-founders at an early Hackathon and the result was Podimetrics.

A decade later, the team has developed and deployed a technology and care management solution that is putting their goal in reach. Of course in the US healthcare system, amputations are lucrative for providers but prevention isn’t. So that’s an extra hurdle Podimetrics has had to clear.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Jon traces Podimetrics’ path. But we also carve out time to discuss high school marching band, why it took him 8 years to graduate from college, his dreams of being a punk rock musician, and what my son Harry Williams was like as a Podimetrics summer intern.

If your healthcare or life sciences business needs strategy consulting, I’d be happy to discuss. We have two decades of experience working with companies whose strategic opportunities and challenges are similar to Podimetrics. Contact us here.

Check out the rough (AI generated) transcript.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

GoCheck Kids CEO Kevon Saber shares vision with pediatricians

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December 17th, 2020 by

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Kevon Saber, GoCheck Kids CEO

Vision impairment is the most common disability for children, and it’s usually very treatable if detected early. But pediatricians struggle with vision screening. Wall charts are cumbersome to administer and as a result practices take shortcuts and miss a lot of cases. Kevon Saber is on a mission to change that. GoCheck Kids, where he’s CEO, uses a smartphone based tool for easy vision screening that integrates with the electronic health record.

In this episode of the HealthBiz Podcast, Kevon traces his journey as the son of Persian and Mexican parents living in immigrant neighborhoods, through Santa Clara University, Stanford, Silicon Valley and now Nashville. Many of the kids he grew up with have struggled –some are dead or in prison. Meanwhile, Kevon is a proponent of diversity in healthcare leadership, and wants his team to reflect the communities they serve.

Kevon is re-reading (or listening to) a few books:

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group