Professionally, I am an attorney with doctorates in pharmacology and immunology. I have practiced intellectual property law, specializing in the biotech/pharma space, for over 30 years. As of late, I also manage or assist in the management of several companies.
Privately, I have been married for almost 40 years, am a father of four and a grandfather of three, and coached basketball for over 25 years.
Now the irony. I lost one parent to heart disease, and one died with the onset of dementia in her 90s. My father-in-law suffered from cardiovascular disease most of his adult life, and eventually succumbed to a blood-born fungal infection most likely caused by chronic antibiotic treatment for a respiratory infection. My mother-in-law recently suffered a stroke, also a product of cardiovascular disease. Meanwhile, the companies I am involved with are pre-revenue start-ups that own therapeutics and diagnostics in the areas of cardiovascular disease and dementia and treatments which could have obviated my father-in-law’s fungal infection. It is ironic that each of the treatments I am involved with could have extended my parents’ and father-in-law’s lives and helped prevent the onset of my mother-in-law’s stroke had they been available during their lifetimes.