The last three years have been incredibly challenging and exciting. The biggest challenge is really around scaling the company to meet the incredible demand we experienced. The surge in demand for DCT during the pandemic was exhilarating and really proved the idea that technology can be a game changer when it matters most. The adoption curve was accelerated radically, and we needed to dramatically scale our workforce and company in a very short time frame.
Demand has not diminished, and this requires us to focus on delivering a best-in-class consumer-grade experience for patients, sponsors, and investigators on a worldwide scale. We are excited about how far we have come and inspired by the impact we are poised to make to improve human health.
There are thousands of diseases that we do not have treatments for, or we have suboptimal treatments for, and even for conditions where there are treatments, there are still barriers and challenges to access. As a practising physician, I see these challenges first-hand. I believe that if we can radically accelerate the speed of clinical development, we can have treatments for all human conditions within our lifetimes.
Working with pharma is exciting because we have the benefit of reach, scale, and meaningful partnerships working together to truly innovate the drug development process. Getting those effective therapies to patients faster is incredibly motivating to me.
Our goal is to radically reduce clinical trial timelines from many years to under a year. In order to do that, we need to transform clinical development with technology at a global scale that gets increasingly better with time.
At our current pace of drug development, it will take 200 years to find cures for all disease; we want to improve that tenfold. So instead of taking 200 years to discover cures for these diseases, we reach that in 20 years. We think we can get there in ten years.
As a CEO, I know it’s important to continue learning and growing. What gets the company to one level of growth usually does not get it to the next. So, I try to look around the corner and think about what I need to learn and how I need to grow to prepare for the next phase of the company’s growth. I am constantly reading, working with my coach, seeking out new ways of doing things, and thinking about how to improve.
In clinical development, the use of digital technologies is being increasingly encouraged, as evidenced by the recent regulatory guidance in both the US and Europe. The biggest challenge now is adopting DCT technology at a full enterprise scale. We’ve proven that DCT works and adds incredible value to clinical trials. Now our next challenge is scaling these results quickly.
Medable is really focused on improving patients’ lives, and to do that, we need to understand their lives. We have a Patient Caregiver Network that works directly with participants and product teams to provide valuable feedback to enhance usability.
We also bring the patient experience to our entire team, inviting a speaker to a monthly all-hands meeting to tell their story. That patient voice is so valuable to us because improving patient lives is really at the heart of everything we do.
Medable is a remote-first company, even before the pandemic. We believe in the power of digital tools to bring people together even though they are in different geographies and from different cultures. This is only possible because of technology – it expands the horizon of what is possible.
I would say choose something you can be completely obsessed with. The stakes are very high in healthcare and life sciences, given you are directly impacting individual lives, so, getting things right is an extremely important and never-ending pursuit. But if you’re passionate about your “why” and driven to see results, that will carry you through the inevitable challenges we all face in work.
I believe in the stoic concept of a sound mind in a sound body. In my free time, I exercise and learn (sometimes at the same time!). I’m often on the road, so I either go for a run or attend an exercise class – one of my favourites is Barry’s Bootcamp.
When I’m at home in Colorado, I downhill and Nordic ski in the winter and run, bike, and rollerblade in the summer. The audiobooks and print books I read are typically either scientific topics like quantum physics, mathematics, biology, or medicine and business books written by or about CEOs and leaders I admire.
Yes! I have two very energetic and active French bulldogs, Bella and Nadia. Nadia was named after the gymnast Nadia Comăneci because she is incredible at climbing on tables and furniture.
I know that if I don’t get the exercise I need and take care of myself, I’m not going to be able to show up as the leader my team needs so that we can accomplish our mission. Therefore, I’m very deliberate about making sure I limit how many calls I have per day so that I have enough time to exercise and rest. Exercise is the best stress management tool ever “invented”.