The monthly member spotlight is an opportunity to learn more about a leader at one of our member companies and showcase the work they are doing. This month, we spotlight Jack Lee at MDDT. Learn more about MDDT in our member directory.
Name: Jack Lee
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Millions of patients that suffer from movement disorders struggle with daily tasks such as eating, walking, driving, or anything that require the use of their hands which requires the use of their arms, legs and neck. The severity of movement disorders is difficult for doctors to visually assess due to the complexity of human motion. MDDT addresses these issues by developing sensor technologies that allow doctors to accurately measure the movements and optimize treatment in order to offer personalized and targeted medicine. Our wearable technologies help by maximizing treatment benefits so that patients can feel more confident and independent in their day-to-day lives.
1. What is your role and what is your favourite part of your job?
Like all startups in the tech industry, I have no defined role – it changes day by day. In a typical week I could be working with our clinical trial coordinators, working with our engineers on the hardware and software, getting feedback from hospital physicians on our device, securing service contracts and writing grants to government agencies. At this very moment, I’m writing a training manual on the use of our device while dealing with manufacturer technical hurdles. My favorite part of the job is that I enjoy living in this type of chaos; it is where I work the best.
2. If you could have coffee with any business leader or industry expert, who would you choose, and why?
Steve Blank, he currently is teaching this amazing NIH crash-course in the US about how to survive and build a biotech startup. His insight, past experiences in his own companies and network is significant. An hour of his time would be more than what I can ask for. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to him speak live twice, but never the opportunity to truly ask for advice one-on-one.
3. What is the #1 business book/blog/website you would recommend?
4. Looking at your company’s future, what are you most enthusiastic about?
The most exciting thing about our company at the moment is our big clinical trial this summer. We are working with Merz Pharma and will start testing our drug-device therapy at multiple hospitals in Canada and the USA. It is exciting to know that London is spearheading the clinical trial for a new medical therapy that can make the lives of 80+ million patients worldwide so much better.
5. What excites you most about the local tech community?
As a young entrepreneur coming out of the academic setting and having worked with TechAlliance as well as other Regional Innovation Centres, I’ve had the unique opportunity to meet other startups in the London region in the ICT, Biotech and manufacturing sectors. There is a lot of exciting work going on within London and it is exciting to know that as more momentum builds with the startup tech boom in Ontario that there is growing support from public agencies to help support and educate new entrepreneurs.