StimLabs CEO John Daniel started out as a US Marine and then rode on a beer truck. But, while in school he sat next to someone who told him about CryoLife where he started in an entry level role as a lab technician. He’s spent his whole career in regenerative medicine, authored 30 patents and now runs StimLabs, which develops and produces regenerative medicine products.
One of John’s favorite books is Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek, which teaches and reinforces principles John learned in the Corps.
Jose Barreau had a fairly typical Cuban-American immigrant upbringing, and followed his father’s footsteps as a physician. He was impressed by his mom’s oncologist, whom he met in his early 20s. That experience helped him make the decision to specialize in the treatment of cancer.
Dr. Barreau co-founded and director a major cancer institute in Ohio, which emphasized collaboration in clinical practice for the benefit of patients. But he became frustrated by the communications challenges and looked far and wide for a solution. Finding none that met the need, he co-founded Halo Health, which provides a cloud-based solution to unify all communication channels for efficient, role-based collaboration. It’s designed for clinicians by clinicians, while yielding a strong technical and financial return on investment.
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.
Joe Hernandez is an accomplished entrepreneur. As Chairman and Founder of Blue Water Vaccines and Blue Water Acquisition Corp he’s leading the way toward a universal flu vaccine and joining the SPAC brigade. But why did he work for the Danish ministry of foreign affairs? And why did he let his young son make him go back to graduate school for a Master of Science Degree 20 years after he thought he was done with his education?
In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Joe shares his life story –from the immigrant son of a political prisoner to Merck, Affymetrix and a variety of biotech roles, Joe has about done it all. But he’s not through yet; launching a Hemingway themed restaurant in Palm Beach and getting ready to treat Alzheimer’s Disease are still works in progress.
RxRevu founder Carm Huntress has been an entrepreneur since high school, when he founded a tech company with some buddies. After graduating from college and leading various technology organizations, he made the jump to healthcare. RxRevu spent some time searching for product/market fit before finding its sweet spot in the physician workflow, helping doctors make the best prescribing choices for patients at the point of care.
In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Carm shares his life and career journey –from losing both of his parents to cancer at a young age, to exploring new technologies and to founding and then massively scaling RxRevu. Some of my interviewees don’t have time for reading, but Carm reads dozens of books per year. Some of his recent favorites include Powerful, No Rules Rules, The Code Breaker and How the Mighty Fall.