May 24, 2019

Podcast #2: Consumer Driven Healthcare - Positive Realism

Maeve Lyons

Experience is what you get when you can’t get what you want

In this episode, Robert talks about the firms consumer health thesis and explores what companies like Livongo are doing to scale - how startups should work with corporates (and vice versa) and how to stop 'pilotitis'.

As a boy Robert Garber dreamed of being a flying firefighter.  He narrowly avoided law school at last minute and decided to teach himself to code.  After securing his first programming role he quickly progressed to a developer, from there into product management, finance and sales before moving into the CEO seat.  He spent 10 years as an operator and then moved into investing which he has been doing for the last 22 years.   

Robert has been part of the HealthXL community for many years, joining our Global Gatherings across the US and Europe advising companies and entrepreneurs. Recently he contributed to HealthXL's 12 Commandments for Startup and Corporate Relationships where we had a mixed group from different healthcare sectors collaborate and share their best practices for working together. Later this year he will present at the HealthXL-Frontiers Health Shanghai Gathering on September 25th 2019 where we explore opportunities in Chinese healthcare, smart cities and smart hospitals and how Chinese healthcare is embracing AI.

Episode #2 Robert Garber

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Key takeaways

If you weren’t an investor what would you do…….back in the entrepreneurial hot seat!

About Robert: Robert is currently a Partner at 7wire Ventures, where he focuses on investments in digital healthcare and technology-enabled services that empower consumers to be better stewards of their health in today’s changing healthcare ecosystem. 7wire Ventures is an early-stage healthcare venture fund focused on innovative products and services that empower and engage consumers to become more proactive and effective with their healthcare decisions.

Story snapshot: This month, Biofourmis announced the acquisition of Biovotion. The acquisition includes all of Biovotion's assets, including the Everion biosensor and 60+ global patents, covering most of the wearable and sensor technology that exists for the arm or hand, as well as Biovotion's staff, partners, and clients. On top of this, Biofourmis have just announced a partnership with Novartis on the use of a predictive analytics platform (BiovitalsHF) in combination with the Everion sensor to monitor heart failure patients.

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Story snapshot: I am sure you heard - Google has bought Fitbit for a whopping $2.1 billion. We debated writing about it this week because the healthcare implications are not that obvious yet. But then again, this is Google, and the healthcare participation will certainly follow. So, here goes.

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Story snapshot: Pear Therapeutics has entered a partnership with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals to bring to market prescription digital therapeutics (PDT) for gastrointestinal (GI)indications.

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