Tell us about your start-up? How did you come up with the name for your company?
Cerebrotech is developing a completely non-invasive, continuous monitor for detecting early stages of cerebral edema and bleeding in patients after a stroke or brain trauma. Cerebro (brain) + tech (technology).
What was the motivation behind founding your start-up?
I love developing products that can break current treatment paradigms and advance the practice of medicine. There is a glaring unmet clinical need for detecting cerebral edema and bleeding much earlier than is possible today. This product will help doctors to intervene much earlier, saving lives and improving clinical outcomes.
Have any elements surprised you about the process?
No matter how many new technologies I work on, somehow it always catches me off guard at that moment in the project when I realize, “Hey, this thing really works!”
What have been the challenges along the way and how have you solved them?
The biggest challenge has been keeping the company funded through the early stage. That problem is solved the same way most other problems are: hard work and luck.
What’s next for your company?
We need to prove this technology will be safe and effective, and can help neurologists improve patient outcomes.
What three factors contribute to the success of a start-up?
A great idea; smart people; hard work
What start-ups or technology inspire you?
Nellcor was an awesome startup in the 1980’s. They had a great idea, hired amazing people, and transformed the practice of medicine.
How does this current start-up company differ from your other start-up companies?
This is the first time I have sought out a technology, defined the application, gotten it funded and built a business around it. In other start-ups, I have come in a little later in the process.
Finally, what’s your advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Find a project that gives you meaning and purpose in your life. Surround yourself with smart, dedicated people who work well together as a team. If it feels like a chore, something isn’t right.