My guest today is an executive intrapreneur turned digital health entrepreneur. You may have seen him on stage talking about innovation as a digital health evangelist for a contract research organization. John Reites spent over 14 years leading global drug development and healthcare innovation at Quintiles where he also led internal startups as the head of digital health acceleration. Late last year he decided to make the jump from global giant and is now the Chief Product Officer and Partner at THREAD Research based in North Carolina.

THREAD contributed to 4 of the first 8 studies that were done with Apple’s ResearchKit and they work with biopharmaceutical companies, CROs and healthcare providers to provide a platform to transform remote patient research and care. On this episode we talk about the use of tools like Apple’s Health Kit, Research Kit and Care Kit as well as Research Stack that works for Android.

Today’s Topics:

  • The role of intrapreneurs in driving change in established corporations
  • How clinical research has evolved since the introduction of EDC (Electronic Data Capture)
  • Use of mobile devices in clinical research and by older age groups
  • How Apple's ResearchKit, CareKit and HealthKit are impacting clinical research

Lightning Round Answers

Q: What advice you have for other innovators who are working to make a difference in health?

A: Know that you are sprinting in a marathon! Know that your speed and ability to run is really important, but it's not going to happen overnight. Run fast but have a marathon view. Persistence wins in this.

Q: What’s a favorite quote or saying that motivates you?

A: “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone”

Q: What book do you recommend to listeners and why?

Fascinate by Sally Hogshead  How can your brand become impossible to resist? Master marketer Sally Hogshead reveals the surprising answers, providing readers with a framework to fascinating anyone.

The Third Wave by Steve Case  One of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs—a pioneer who made the Internet part of everyday life and orchestrated the largest merger in the history of business—shares a roadmap for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology.

Q: What technology, tool or app would you recommend, and why?

A: U-D-I: Uber, Delta App, and InvisionApp

Q: We will be making a financial donation to a charity of your choice. What charity have you selected?

A: Spina Bifida Association http://spinabifidaassociation.org/donate/

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dan Kendall studied engineering and found his passion in building businesses. His career in sales, marketing and product development has spanned two continents, and he works with clients around the world to overcome barriers and solve healthcare’s problems. Feel free to message him here and follow him on Twitter.


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