Category: Research

Interview with IDEA and Protodigm CEO Mike Rea

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September 23rd, 2021 by

Mike Rea is a self-professed bad scientist and bad musician but despite –and perhaps even because– of those limitations, he’s built some pretty good companies.

As CEO of IDEA Pharma and Protodigm, he makes a distinction between the invention of a drug in the lab and the level of innovation in its development. Although he compares the work to that of a CRO, he clarifies that it’s really a bit upstream from there. And in the future, if you hear Protodigm start talking about being a “Pre-RO,” you’ll know that little brainstorm came out of this podcast.

Mike runs a record company, aptly named Medical Records and hosts his own book club slash podcast about innovation in pharma.

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

Interview with Datavant’s Bob Borek and Jason LaBonte

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September 15th, 2021 by

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Jason LaBonte
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Bob Borek

Datavant is fostering an ecosystem of healthcare data to facilitate secure exchange of information and analytics that improve patient care. The company recently made headlines through a $7 Billion merger with Ciox, uniting Datavant’s world of de-identified data with Ciox’s domain expertise in patient identified records.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Datavant’s Chief Strategy Officer Jason LaBonte and Chief Operating Officer Bob Borek discuss the evolution of healthcare data, the Ciox merger, how the company has fared during the pandemic, and their long term vision.

Jason is reading Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir –whose fiction appeals to Jason’s training as a PhD scientist– and Bob likes Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner about the history of water rights in the West.

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

Interview with StimLabs CEO John Daniel

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September 8th, 2021 by

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StimLabs CEO John Daniel

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.

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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.

What’s next for healthcare as Dems take the Senate?

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January 6th, 2021 by

It’s a momentous week in Georgia, Washington and these United States. In this special episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Bloomberg Intelligence Analyst, Brian Rye and I discuss the health policy implications of the likely 50+1 Democratic Senate majority. Listen in as we discuss drug pricing, Medicare Advantage, and the public option.

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