Category: Entrepreneurs

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 Blue Water Chairman Joe Hernandez

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July 29th, 2021 by

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Joe Hernandez

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.

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

 

Interview with RxRevu Founder Carm Huntress

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July 15th, 2021 by

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RxRevu founder Carm Huntress

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.

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

Interview with Lean TaaS CEO Mohan Giridharadas

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July 8th, 2021 by

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Lean TaaS CEO Mohan Giridharadas

Mohan Giridharadas earned an MBA from Stanford and was a senior director for years at McKinsey, but it took an insight from a casual conversation at a Silicon Valley cocktail party to give him the direction for Lean TaaS, where he’s founder and CEO. A decade and $200 M of investment later, the company is leading the way in operational optimization of healthcare assets.

In healthcare, big organizations often use pencil and paper and Excel spreadsheets for tasks like scheduling infusion centers. And the results are predictably dismal. Lean TaaS applies the more sophisticated optimization approaches used by companies like UPS and Delta Airlines to bring healthcare into the modern era.

Mohan shares his story in this episode of the HealthBiz podcast.

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

Interview with CytImmune CEO Saba Malak

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June 17th, 2021 by

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CytImmune CEO Saba Malak

I first encountered Saba Malak when I was a summer consultant at Boston Consulting Group and he was a new MBA. We stayed in touch and when I became chairman of Advanced Practice Strategies a few years later, Saba joined the board as lead investor.

Since then, Saba has invested in various healthcare and biotech companies in the public and private markets. I never thought of Saba as an operating executive –and apparently neither did he– but a couple of years ago he became so enamored with a company he’d invested in that he decided to take the plunge and become CEO.

That company, CytImmune is establishing a global leadership role in the field of cancer nanomedicine. It is a platform company with products of its own in development. The potential is huge, and in this episode of the HealthBiz podcast Saba explains the technology and why he is confident it will ultimately help patients. The company has a Phase II development collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, and is scaling up its manufacturing to be ready.

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