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Cure for the Common Co. podcast series

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February 12, 2020

In this podcast series, we interview entrepreneurs who created technology companies that are changing the way healthcare and employee benefits are delivered.

This is a must-listen-to pod for benefits leaders who want to learn how to innovate with purpose and provide value to their employees.”

Steve Blumenfield
Host, Cure for the Common Co. 

Hosted by Steve Blumenfield, a senior director in Willis Towers Watson’s Health and Benefits group, our Cure for the Common Co. podcast series explores innovations in the world of employee health.

We’re talking to entrepreneurs and CEOs who are leveraging technology to address the needs and priorities of a new generation, creating solutions that help employers to innovate with purpose and distinguish their benefits programs from those of the pack.

Included in this series:

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Episode 7: Daniel Perez, Hinge Health


About our guest
Daniel Perez

Daniel Perez is CEO and co-founder of Hinge Health, a company that pioneered employer-centric remote physical therapy for those suffering from musculoskeletal disorders.


Dan Perez talks about how suffering from major injuries inspired both him and his business partner to found Hinge when they were PhD students at Oxford. He also explains the philosophy underpinning the company: To be effective long-term, musculoskeletal care must go beyond physical therapy to include coaching, patient education and behavioral health support. Otherwise initial results from physical therapy will evaporate over time, increasing the odds that surgery becomes necessary.

Episode 7: Daniel Perez, CEO and co-founder, Hinge Health
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Episode 6: Sami Inkinen, MS, MBA, Virta


About our guest
Sami Inkinen, MS, MBA

Sami Inkinen is the CEO and co-founder of Virta Health, which provides the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery.


Sami Inkinen tells the story behind the company he founded, Virta Health, a technology-enabled virtual clinic that can treat diabetes without medication. Sami trained as a physicist and started his career in a nuclear power plant. Despite being a world-class triathlete, he learned he was becoming pre-diabetic, setting him on a new journey, leading him to found Virta.

Episode 6: Sami Inkinen, MS, MBA, CEO and co-founder, Virta
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Episode 5: Sangeeta Agarawal, RN, MS, Helpsy


About our guest
Sangeeta Agarawal, RN, MS

Sangeeta has been an engineer for nine years at companies such as IBM and Motorola and a nurse for seven years at Mayo Clinic, Stanford and UCSF. She is the founder, CEO and the vision behind Helpsy.


Sangeeta tells the story of how her own health challenges led her change careers, from engineering to health care, ultimately leading to her founding Helpsy, a whole health and artificial intelligence cancer nurse that anticipates and addresses patients' physical, emotional and social needs.

Episode 5: Sangeeta Agarawal, RN, MS, Founder and CEO, Helpsy
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Episode 4: Andrew Le, MD, Buoy


About our guest
Andrew Le, MD

Andrew Le is the CEO and co-founder of Buoy, which was created at the Harvard Innovation Labs, won numerous awards (e.g. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation A.I. Challenge), and has partnerships with CVS Health and Boston Children's Hospital.


Andrew Le trained as a surgeon, but decided not to practice medicine because he wanted to help more people than he realized he could within the parameters of the way medicine is practiced today. So he started Buoy, an app that uses artificial intelligence, probability, statistics and machine learning to help those who realize they are ill to take the first step in getting care. The app helps people understand what is going on clinically and matches services and benefits to the individual's specific condition.

Episode 4: Andrew Le, MD, CEO and co-founder, Buoy
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Episode 3: Mette Dyhrberg, Mymee


About our guest
Mette Dyhrberg

Mette Dyhrberg is the founder and CEO of Mymee, a digital therapeutics program rethinking autoimmunity. The Mymee protocol detects triggers to reverse the symptoms of autoimmune disease using data analytics and telehealth coaching.


Mette Dyhrberg tells the story of her personal journey that led her to found Mymee, a digital therapeutic that provides a platform for understanding the triggers that can set off the immune systems of those suffering from chronic illnesses. She explains how Mymee can be used to treat autoimmune diseases without medication.

Episode 3: Mette Dyhrberg, Founder and CEO, Mymee
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Episode 2: Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, Wellthy


About our guest
Lindsay Jurist-Rosner
Lindsay Jurist-Rosner is the co-founder and CEO of Wellthy, which helps 66 million Americans who care for sick, aging or disabled loved ones.

Lindsay Jurist-Rosner discusses Wellthy, a care-giving company that helps those assisting aging, chronically ill or disabled loved ones by providing an advisor and technology platform for coordinating and managing day-to-day care. Lindsay tells a touching personal story of how caring for her mother inspired her to start Wellthy and shares common challenges caregivers face daily.

Episode 2: Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, Co-founder and CEO of Wellthy
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Episode 1:Peter Shalek, AbleTo


About our guest
Peter Shalek

Pete is the chief product officer at AbleTo, where he leads a talented group of project managers, designers and product marketers responsible for AbleTo's product strategy, roadmap and execution.


Pete Shalek tells the story of how he founded Joyable, a behavioral health app that makes it simple to get support for mental health. The technology provides cognitive behavioral therapy, the most effective treatment today for anxiety and depression. Pete discusses the challenges and rewards of being a healthcare innovator as well as the inspiration behind Joyable, which was later acquired by AbleTo, a virtual behavioral health services provider.

Episode 1: Peter Shalek, Chief Product Officer, AbleTo
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