While working on his Ph.D. in Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Alex took a break to found his first health tech startup. That first company was bought by a company that had just gone public and he has never looked back, starting new companies and running them ever since. He still wants to cure cancer and fix healthcare, but now he does so by enabling hundreds of new companies to get to market faster and more reliably. He has also served as adviser or mentor to over 70 startups, corporations, accelerators, and governments; designed the NYC HealthTech Pilot program; and developed H2NYC, the world’s largest Health Innovation meetup group.
Attempting to crowdfund his fourth tech startup, Alex found that there was no dedicated healthcare crowdfunding platform and Kickstarter wouldn’t even allow healthcare projects. The only successful healthcare project he could find was a movie about how bad the healthcare system was and ideas like his were not getting funded. So, over dinner he and a few healthcare innovators and investors mapped out a plan to make Crowdfunding work for healthcare. The next day he called his friend and tech co-founder Mike Pence, who also happened to have been the original developer of Kickstarter and the rest, as they say, is history. MedStartr has become the leading platform for crowdfunding healthcare innovations and pioneered the CrowdChallenge model. Alex and his team continue to run events to drive innovation forward faster including this one.