Thinking Differently About Diabetes

The Resonance Test 16: John Brooks

November 2, 2017
by Mike DunkleyKen Gordon
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This episode of The Resonance Test was produced in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association.

John Brooks—the managing director of Healthcare Capital, LLC and former president and CEO of the Joslin Diabetes Center—is a something of a legend in the diabetes sector. As much an inventor as an investor, he brings a spirited intelligence and diverse experience to fighting this chronic disease. We’re pleased to welcome him to The Resonance Test. In this energetic conversation, Brooks and Continuum SVP Mike Dunkley range all over the diabetes ecosystem, covering the move from a technological focus to more holistic solutions, how AI and machine learning might provide new opportunities, what future business models might look like, and in general, how we need to develop new approaches to diabetes. Tune in to hear Brooks say:

• “I just have a strong passion to see what I can do to try and help the now 461 million people around the world that have diabetes.... We all look at the numbers. It’s only escalating. We need to think differently.”

• “All of the players need to be in the solution business.”

• “Part of the problem is there hasn’t been a lot of economics to reward helping people not develop a chronic condition.”

• On doctors: “They’ve got 15 minutes to try to come up with something intelligible and if they’re spending 10 minutes to try to get the bottom of it, that’s not a good use of their time.”

• “If the AI enables better understanding of what’s going on with people with diabetes, the key is: How do the healthcare providers, nurse educators, clinicians, partner care doctors, endocrinologists, how do they adopt? Because, at the end of the day, their economics are important.”

Host: Pete Chapin
Editor: Kyp Pilalas
Producer: Ken Gordon

The Resonance Test 16: John Brooks
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