With a career nearing three decades in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, Marc Beer’s success is nothing short of monumental. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University, graduating in 1987. Marc then started his career as a sales representative and marketing strategist. This eventually led to him working at Genzyme in 1996. He would work his way up to the Vice President of Global Marketing, prestigious indeed! As the Vice President of Global Marketing, Marc Beer was able to help people across the globe deprived of the necessary medicines needed for numerous rare and debilitating diseases. Gaining the knowledge he needed, Marc began his first venture into entrepreneurship. In 2000, he started ViaCell. The company specialized in harvesting and preserving umbilical cord blood stem cells in order to develop treatments and medicines to cure all kinds of human ailments. Such was the success of Marc Beer and ViaCell that PerkinElmer bought ViaCell in 2007 for the substantial sum of $300 million dollars!
Following shortly after this Marc proved that he was a true champion, hero and real human being as he faced the devastating loss of his wife due to a pulmonary embolism. She was only 42 years of age. He then took on the responsibility of a single parent, raising his three children full-time. During this time one of his daughters, who was 14 at the time, convinced him that he still had more to offer the world. Though she loved her father, she felt he needed to do what he was meant to do: Help those who are suffering. Astounding the wisdom of a child, yes?
This eventually led to him co-founding Renovia with Dr. Ray Iglesias and Yolanda Lorie. Renovia’s focus is on developing diagnostic and therapeutic devices designed for treating women with pelvic floor disorders. The vast potential of the company’s first product, Leva, was recognized and approved by the FDA in April of 2018. Renovia has finished its Series B round of funding. And Mr. Beer has managed to raise over $42 million dollars. $10 million of the $42 million from venture capital.
Marc is truly focused on aiding those in need and knows how to get the job done with spectacular results. From the salesman to a global leader, there is no doubt that improving the quality of life of those in need is a primary focus of Marc Beer. Learn more: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lumenxt-names-marc-beer-chairman-of-the-board-300822547.html
Jason Hope is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based technology entrepreneur. He grew up in Tempe, Arizona and attended Arizona State University where he received an undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA from ASU’s business school W.P. Carey School of Business. He extends help to Arizona students by offering grants for those who want to pursue technological aspirations. The application is found on his website and varies in amounts of $500- $5000 and is open to both high school and college students.
One of his passions is working with the SENS foundation. SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence Research Foundation) is a non-profit started by Michael Kope, Aubrey de Grey, Jeff Hall, Sarah Marr and Kevin Perrott. It is based in Mountain Side, California. The focus is on anti-aging and regenerative medicine. Jason believes by focusing on research in the sciences overall standard of life improves. Diseases of old age such as Alzheimer’s can be treated with technological advancements. As a futurist, Jason Hope’s interest in biotechnology seeks to raise the quality of living for humanity through technological improvements. Futurism uses technology alongside medicine to extend longevity in human beings.
Jason Hope expanded his philanthropy efforts by pledging 500,000 to the SENS foundation in 2010. This aided in the development of the Cambridge laboratory. This implemented a new research program with the goal of breaking down advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in human tissue. This research will help healing by eliminating damage that builds up and impairs healthy functions of the body. Jason Hope (@jasonhope) seeks to help create a new biotech industry.
Jason Hope’s website The Internet of Things documents different aspects of life that include the internet outside of computers such as cars and buildings. It investigates and reports how the internet affects real world things such as the economy, and keeps us informed on updates and policy changes in real time. He seeks to expand in industries such as hospitality to achieve a broader scope of how our networks impact daily lives.