Author Archives: Arlen Meyers

Boomer Bioentrepreneurs Handbook

Boomers are back on stage for an encore.Whether it’s for financial reasons or a chance to try something new, more baby boomers are embarking on an encore career—a second professional career that can bring in not only money but often the fulfillment that may have been lacking the first time around the career bend. In fact, adults over the age of ...

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Fundamentals of Digital Health Entrepreneurship

Bioscientists, engineers, non-sick care entrepreneurs and health professionals have many ways to practice biomedical and clinical entrepreneurship e.g. in biopharma, medical device and diagnostics, small business medical practice, educational technologies, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. Digital health entrepreneurship is another pathway. Digital health is the application of information and communications technologies to exchange medical information. Like all other areas of biomedical ...

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Mentors, Sponsors, Coaches and Colleagues Help with Burnout

Physician burnout is pervasive and appears to be worsening. In fact, in some specialties, residents are burned out even before they have spent their first day in practice. But, they are not alone since burnout happens in many industries other than medicine. Burnout is considered to have a range of symptoms. There is no agreement which of those are part of ...

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Where are the Sick Care Leaderpreneurs?

Leadership is in crisis and the command and control model is bankrupt. In healthcare, we will need a cadre of physicians to lead us to the promised land. However, doctors don’t seem interested and are pre-occupied mostly with keeping their heads above water or putting them in the sand. Physician executives are not necessarily physician entrepreneurs. Knowledge technicians are different ...

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How to Staff Your Startup Team

Every entrepreneur who has succeeded or failed (is there a difference?) has advice about how to get the right people on the bus. What questions should you ask at the interview? What character traits should you seek and how do you do that? How much is science and how much is just going with your gut and whether you click? What Google ...

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10 Things to Change About Physician Behavior

Disrupting sick care is the new parlor game. Of course, even the guy who coined the term “disruptive” now feels he has to defend himself, so I guess the good news is that we are becoming the victims of our own success. Most of the talk has been about changing patient/customer/consumer/prosumer/client behavior. The assumption is that engaging patients will create better health ...

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Where are the Entrepreneurial Lawyers?

I recently found myself in a room filled with in house healthcare lawyers. I was the only doc, let alone physician entrepreneur, there. After the usual full contact schmoozing, tasty morsels and open bar, two lawyers from large hospital systems answered some questions and made comments about the issues and opportunties these folks face as sick care quickly changes. Dealing ...

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Why is it so hard to do the right thing?

We have a crisis in entrepreneurial character. and doctors are not exempt. Justifiable suspicions of physician entrepreneurs result when the halo is cast over the profession by those who commit fraud, double-deal, or don’t prioritize the patient’s interest above others. They can’t reconcile the ethics of medicine with the ethics of business. The hall of shame adds new members on an almost daily basis, ...

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What it Takes to be a Biomedical or Clinical Entrepreneur

Biomedical or clinical entrepreneurs are not just doctors, scientists and engineers who create businesses. Instead, they are those who pursue opportunity with scarce resources under conditions of uncertainty with the goal of creating user defined value through the deployment of biomedical or clinical innovation. As such they can assume many roles in the value creation pipeline such as technopreneurs, intrapreneurs ...

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