Dr. Mark McKenna had his sights on being a doctor, as his dad was. He went to Tulane Medical School and earned a degree in 1999. Then, he decided to switch careers and established a real estate business in New Orleans. Things were going great for Dr. McKenna until Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Within hours, Dr. McKenna lost millions.
It’s difficult to start over again, but that is exactly what Dr. Mark McKenna did. He moved to Atlanta and created a chain of offices called ShapeMed. These clinics offered cosmetic treatments such as laser hair removal, botox injections and nutrition counseling. This lasted until 2015 when Dr. McKenna sold the business to the gym chain, Lifetime Fitness.
Currently, Dr. McKenna is focusing on a new venture. OVME recently opened in Atlanta. OVME (pronounced “Of Me”) is a chain of offices that will act like Uber for cosmetic treatments. Patients will have access to an app that will enable them to contact practitioners who will make house calls to do light cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Mark McKenna is excited about OVME, which opened in the Buckhead area of Atlanta in March. He stated that he is proud to bring this type of service to the Atlanta area and that he believes the needs of patients have greatly changed in recent years. OVME is his answer to these changes. OVME combines medical aesthetics with cutting-edge technology. The office of OVME is located on Peachtree road and occupies a 1,500 square foot space. The complex includes private treatment rooms and a meeting room for consultation purposes. The focus of OVME is to move away from the “one-size-fits-all” standard.
The vision of Dr. Mark McKenna consists of creating a national network of providers, similar to the Uber franchise. If a practitioner would like to earn extra money, they will be able to log in to the app and disclose what hours they are able to work and location. OVME will then connect them to need jobs in their location. Dr. McKenna feels that OVME will make $25 million dollars within the next five years.
Tempus Labs was co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky, and shortly after its founding, it has already become one of the top ten startups in the healthcare tech industry. The company works with many of the National Cancer Institute’s cancer centers in the United States and focuses on genomic sequencing of cancer patients’ tumors, testing for cancer, characterizing the immune system and tumors of cancer patients, and more. Eric Topol featured Tempus on his well-known yearly list, and the company has been recognized as breaking new ground in healthcare tech sector. One of the areas that Tempus is leading the way in is in the gene editings and gene therapy, which are showing promise in treating diseases that have not been treated, as of yet.
Some other notable mentions were pointed out by Eric Topol, and one of them is the way that Stanford University scientists are putting together technology that can diagnose skin cancer. Another one was KardiaBand, which uses an ECG-apple watch that can help to diagnose atrial fibrillation. A technology that sequences pathogens also made the Topol list as well as a pair of glucose sensors that can get insulin into a person, directly. Last, but not least, an artificial intelligence tech that might be able to diagnose eye diseases better than a clinician can made the list, and it could be much more affordable than going to a clinician, as well.
Eric Lefkofsky is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Tempus, which is a company that focuses its efforts on the battle against cancer. To do so, the company uses the latest cutting edge technology to gather data on cancer patients and share it with physicians and other medical professionals who can use it to treat cancer in their patients. Lefkofsky is also a philanthropist who supports charitable organizations all over the world as well as those in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. To make a bigger impact, his wife, Liz, and himself started up the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which is a private charity that helps to support the arts and culture, medicine, basic human rights, and educational initiatives and organizations.
For details: lefkofskyfoundation.com/about-eric-lefkofsky/