Dr. Hank Wuh has a plan to help millions of blind people to see. Cellular Bioengineering, Inc (CBI) has developed technology to produce corneas to be used in eye transplants. This has been talked about as a multi billion dollar venture with serious social benefit. Dr. Wuh left a promising surgery practice to become a full time inventor and entrepreneur.
Dr. Wuh invented medical devices as a resident at the Stanford University Hospital. He now is an inventor, CEO and investor in the life science field. Hear Dr. Wuh’s unique view of business and how a global mission is the new paradigm.
Some questions asked:
Welcome Hank, can you tell us about the Cellular Bioengineering Inc and what they do?
Does Cellular Bioengineering Inc have a stated business strategy or a “mission statement”?
What’s the story behind Cellular Bioengineering?
What is your role in the company?
Where do you do your science?
Did you ever practice medicine?
How did you become interested in this kind of study?
Congratulations on the award from R&D magazine. The R&D 100 Awards, recognizes the world’s best innovations in technology in the past year. How has the award helped you and your company to further your studies?
How are you able to fund your studies?
What are some of the interesting projects you are working on now?
How do you manage your time?
What do you do to support the community?
What was your experience with venture capitalists?
What do entrepreneurs need to do to raise venture capital?
What was your elevator pitch?
How did you meet the venture capitalists?
How did you engage them or get them interested?
What are the rules of engagement?
What are the most important things that entrepreneurs need to know when pitching venture capitalists?
Did you do a powerpoint? If so, how long was it?
How long was your executive summary and business plan?
What’s the secret to writing a good executive summary?
What should be included in an executive summary?
How do you define an entrepreneur and what do you think makes one successful?
What are the biggest and most common mistakes you see entrepreneurs or business owners make when starting a new venture?
Any last advice for business people?
What are the biggest challenges business or personal?
What continues to motivate you day after day?
Was there a tipping point or defining moment in your life or your company where things took off?
How can you tell between passion and enthusiasm?
What are the most important things you learned from your parents that has impacted your success?
Can you share with us a story that has inspired you in your life that has helped you to be where you are today?
Who has been your mentor?
Dr. Hank C.K. Wuh received his B.A. in Human Biology from the Johns Hopkins University, Masters in Public Health from Harvard University, and Medical Doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following internship at the University of Hawaii’s Integrated Surgical Residency Program, Dr. Wuh went on to the Stanford University Medical Center where he served as Resident and Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery. Following Stanford, Dr. Wuh specialized in Sports medicine and was awarded a fellowship at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Wuh was elected Class Marshal at Harvard, and was twice winner of the Vernon P. Thompson Prize for outstanding research in orthopedic surgery at Stanford.
A surgeon, inventor and entrepreneur, Dr. Wuh is an inventor of five issued and numerous pending patents, and has been the founder, CEO, and chief evangelist of a number of successful life science ventures. Dr. Wuh is founder and director of Cellular Bioengineering Inc. (CBI), breaking new ground in the field of regenerative medicine and pioneering the bioengineering of human corneas and other tissues to address the severe worldwide shortage of donors. Dr. Wuh is a founder of Heritage Health LLC, providing global medical concierge service to clients worldwide. Dr. Wuh is founder and chairman of the Daily Wellness Company, a leader in the development of nutritional and pharmaceutical products for reproductive health. Dr. Wuh was a developer of the CES technology for revision artificial hip replacement surgery, the first commercialized technology at Origin Medsystems, which was acquired by Eli Lilly and now a part of Guidant (NYSE:GDT).
An accomplished speaker, Dr. Wuh has been an invited guest on CNBC, Fox, The Health Network, Bloomberg Report, Asian Wall Street Journal, Oxygen Network, and network of affiliates of ABC, CBS, and NBC. Dr. Wuh is a member of the Advisory Board and the Steering Committee of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, and is Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery.
Dr. Wuh enjoys distance ocean swimming, yoga, classical violin, and cinema. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Los Altos, California.
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