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
filed in: healthcare, business model innovation, patient experience

About the Author

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    Mike Dunkley
    Head of Healthcare

    Mike leads EPAM Continuum’s medical devices business and is inspired by the opportunity to deliver better healthcare experiences. He’s passionate about understanding client needs and translating them into successful collaborations.

    Mike joined EPAM Continuum in May of 2012. He has worked in commercial, project management, and technical roles on numerous multi-disciplinary projects within the medical, consumer, and energy sectors. His experience spans initial project orientation through to product commercialization.

    Previously, Mike held various upper-management roles at Cambridge Consultants and worked as VP of Engineering at Cambridge-based start-up Pronutria. He earned a BA and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

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    Ken Gordon
    Principal Communications Specialist

    Ken makes Continuum’s work visible to the necessary people. He creates superlative content, works with colleagues to do the same, and employs social networks to share it widely.

    A card-carrying humanist, Ken co-founded QuickMuse, the improvisational writing website, and JEDLAB, the Jewish education community. He has written for, the New York Times, and many other pubs.

    Ken has an English degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MA in English from the State University of New York at Albany. He framed both diplomas long ago, but can’t seem to find them now—a fact he considers all-too-human.