Erik de Heus, CEO of SkinVision

SkinVision has added an AI weapon to the arsenal

The overall rates of cancer occurrence continues to decline each year, however melanomas of the skin are on the rise. The CDC reports that in the period from 1999 to 2015, the rates of melanomas per 100,000 people increased from 15.1% to 22.1% – about a 50% increase. To battle this deadly disease, many organizations, like the CDC for example, are calling for more community prevention efforts. By combining education, mass media campaigns, and policy changes, the CDC projected that we could prevent an estimated 21,000 cases of melanoma per year, and save $250 million dollars in the US alone from 2020 to 2030. But for millions of people around the world, the damage is already done, so early detection is the best defense.

Each year, in the US, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined, and it is often first discovered by the patients themselves. Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. This may be long-term exposure or short periods of overexposure. In some parts of the world, it’s more a question of when, not if, you’ll get skin cancer.  In Australia – more than 50% of people get skin cancer in their lifetime, while in the US the statistic is 1 in 5.

What if there was an AI-powered solution that transformed smartphones into ubiquitous assessment and detection tools?  SkinVision has done exactly that.

Join me as we speak with Erik de Heus, the CEO of SkinVision. Based in the Netherlands, Erik is passionate about democratizing detection of skin cancer and saving hundreds of thousands of lives in the process.  Hear how Artificial Intelligence, combined with innovative business models, can help win the war on skin cancer.


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Today's Topics

  • How prevention plays an important role in the fight against skin cancer
  • How early detection and diagnosis impacts outcomes
  • The challenges of accessing specialist, and the difficulty in accurately diagnosing skin cancer visually
  • How SkinVision's mobile app can help manage, treat and detect skin cancer
  • How Skinvision has transformed the business model for companies and individuals
  • The accuracy, algorithm deployed for the app, the US release and
  • SkinVision's goals to save 250,000 lives in the next decade

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Lightning Round Answers

1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?

“Every problem has a specific solution. Every problem can be solved.”

2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?

Stand behind the impact your solution can make. Never doubt, don’t second guess. Focus on the individual, have that confidence and you’ll go a long way.

3- What book do you recommend to our listeners?

The book you should focus on is the book that you will write. When you look back on what you have accomplished, both the fun and the hard parts that comes with it.

4- What is a piece of technology that you recommend to our listeners?

The Skinvision App

5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?

I do not have a specific example for now. I think solutions that make a difference in people lives every day. There’s a lot we can do in this field. I encourage all younger and experienced entrepreneurs to join this bandwagon and make things happen.  

6. We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?

The Melanoma Association of Netherlands

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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall


As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.

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