Jean Nehme has gone from junior doctor to advancing healthcare at scale with his own startup.
During our interview on the DealMakers podcast, Jean detailed his journey from the frontlines of medicine to becoming a tech entrepreneur who has taken a venture full cycle.
It’s interesting how the things we were born to do are so clear when we look back and remember the times before it was programmed out of us.
Jean Nehme is a great example of this. He grew up in London, England. He was fascinated by Nintendo and Playstation. As far back as he can remember, he also wanted to be a doctor. He was always curious about how the body worked, and how we can fix things on the inside when they go wrong.
It should be no surprise he became a health-tech entrepreneur.
The Best Way To Learn Is By Doing
Nehme followed his interests through attending Imperial College. He learned all about pathology, biology, and the science of medicine.
Then one day he was tasked with putting all of that knowledge into action. He had practiced drawing blood on imaginary arms and even mannequins. Day one as a junior doctor he was asked to draw blood from a real live patient. He was petrified by blood.
He wasn’t given the easiest patient to start with. Yet, he got the needle in, pulled blood out, and was proud of himself. His fear of blood instantly subsided. Then, even before getting the blood into the tube to send off, he stabbed himself with the needle.
Day one, he was put into the emergency department himself to be treated for potential blood-borne diseases.
Science + Technology = Progress
Medicine is clearly one of the areas where we continue to need and can benefit from innovation and progress.
Medicine is science, and investments and new technology can and has created great progress in this field.
This has been poignantly thrust into the spotlight with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety and medical workers we took for granted is now more important than ever. It’s life or death. It’s freedom or captivity.
Going back to study for his Masters at Imperial Jean started researching applications for technology on the frontline of healthcare. He was specifically interested in the integration of mobile data and consistent practices at scale and across the map.
Of course, all real progress seems to come outside of the box and your comfort zone. The leap to entrepreneurship can be especially difficult for doctors.
The life and career path of a doctor is clearly mapped out. You go to medical school. You have a clear list of roles and to-dos for the rest of your life. All so that you can move a little further up the food chain every few years. If you do really well at complying with the system, you might even become a consultant and have your own private practice.
Startup Fundraising: “We’re Here To Be Entrepreneurs!”
Jean approached a senior doctor with his ideas. They decided it was so important that they should try to build a company around it.
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