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Influential Health Entrepreneurs of 2013

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Influential Health Entrepreneurs of 2013

Chase Adam, Jesse Cooke and Grace Garey - Founders of Watsi - Founded in 2011

- What they do: Crowdfund medical care
- Watsi is a crowdfunding platform for people in developing nations who need medical care.
- Works with 13 hospitals around the world to identify needy patients
- Each person gets a profile with a photo and description of what kind of medical care they need
- The amount of money needed can range from a couple hundred dollars to the thousands
- Has raised over 200,000, funding over 450 medical procedures
- Goes directly to transportation and referral costs
- Values transparency
- Documents all money activity in a public Google Doc
- Includes costs, fees, dates and screenshots of transactions
- The site includes info on the outcome of treatments, even when they fail
- Watsi is now seeking more patients in need, as well as funding from angel investors
- Chase Adams founded Watsi after working with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica

Nanxi Liu and Ting-Ting Zhou - Nanoly - 2011

- What they do: Improve immunization transportation
- Developing ways to provide cheap, effective and safe delivery of vaccines to the world
- Nanoly is developing a nanoparticle based chemical shield that allows vaccines to survive without refrigeration
- Vaccines must be transported and stored within the temp range of 35F-45F (US Dept. of Health and Human Services)
- If it gets outside of this range, the vaccine will become inactive
- Callout: The refrigeration requirement contributes to over 25% of vaccine wastage
- Because of this restriction, vaccines cannot be delivered to some remote places
- Callout: According to World Health Organization, 26 million children are not immunized and are exposed to disabilities or premature death.
- 2.1 million people die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases

Bo Fishback and Cory Berkland - Orbis Biosciences - 2008

- What they do: Change the way we take medicine
- Develops a control-release delivery systems for pharmaceutical and consumer product industries
- They make things like medications, vitamins and pest-control products
- Developing vaccinations that include follow-up doses within them
- Working with antimicrobials to improve ready-to-eat meals for the U.S. Army
- Producing taste-masking oral pills
- Creates non-uniform particles that allow highly-precise release rates and dosage control
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Marvin Slepian and Jack Copeland - SynCardia - 2005

- What they do: Produce the Total Artificial Heart
- The Total Artificial Heart is the only complete heart-replacement device approved by the FDA
- In 1969, the first human to get an artificial heart survived nearly three days.
- Now, surgeons have implanted more than 900 man-made hearts.
- In 2012, SynCardia began a clinical study for its Freedom portable driver
- External power source that, for the first time, allows those with artificial hearts to go home with their tickers, rather than stay in the hospital
- Callout: More than 400,000 people a year die of heart disease and more than 3,000 are awaiting heart transplants
- SynCardia is developing more portable, long lasting power supplies in an effort to get FDA approval for a permanent heart replacement
- Currently, artificial hearts are only approved as bridge devices
- They help hold over patients who are waiting for human heart transplants
- Trials could begin this year >
- In May 2013, Dr. Copeland was awarded the Pioneer in Transplantation Award at the annual meeting of the International Society of Heart & Lung Transplantation

Daniel Klvatinos and Michael Nusimow - drchrono - 2009

- What they do: Streamline doctor-patient relations
- Provides an EHR (Electronic Health Record) platform
- provides cloud and web-based EHR access via iPads and iPhones.
- provides the core EHR platform, scheduling, patient reminders and a billing system
- Enables healthcare providers to have a choice of the applications, technology and back office resources they need
- hospital-level systems are expensive and impractical to use in a small practice
- Goal is to give health professionals an all-in-one solution.
- In June, 2013, the Mayo Clinic announced that it would partner with drchrono in order to "save time, increase revenue, improve patient care"