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    Episode 4: Achieving unparalleled scale with a foundation built on meaningful science, values, and purpose

    Amar Sawhney is one of the most accomplished individuals in the realm of Medical Technology. His achievements and professional journey are unparalleled. In a conversation with Jasmeet, he recounts the path that led him to his current position. He imparts insight into effective leadership, emphasizing a life devoted to service and a keen focus on improving the healthcare system for patients. Keep a pen and paper handy to jot down his advice.

    In This Episode, We Cover:

    • [04:11] Amar shares his journey from childhood through university to his current position as an entrepreneur
    • [09:17] Amar discusses what started his entrepreneurial path
    • [12:33] Learning from the challenges and benefiting from roadblocks
    • [18:39] The background of a holding company and intellectual property
    • [23:49] Amar talks about balancing his professional life with his personal life and what brings contentment
    • [30:54] Amar shares innovations that are happening in the field of MedTech
    • [36:47] Mentorship has been helpful to Amar and his response to the rapid-fire segment

    Key Takeaways:

    • If your business model is a holding company, you can maintain control. When you have stockholders, you can quickly lose control.
    • If a leader hires good people and gives them autonomy, he can spend time building other ventures.
    • Make sure that the people you partner with have the same goals and life values you do.

    About Speaker

    Meet Amarpreet Sawhney:

    Dr. Amarpreet Sawhney is the CEO of Instylla, a company focused on embolic therapies for hypervascular tumors and control of hemorrhage, of Rejoni, a company developing products for preventing intrauterine scar formation; and of Pramand LLC, a company focused on developing biosurgery products. He was previously the Founder and CEO of Ocular Therapeutix, Augmenix, Confluent Surgical, and the technology founder of Focal and Access Closure. Amar’s innovations are the subject of over 120 issued and pending patents in biomaterials and bio-surgery. His inventions include several “first of a kind” surgical sealants, spacers, and drugs to be approved by the FDA, including ReSure Sealant and Dextenza for ophthalmology, DuraSeal for neurosurgery, FocalSeal for Lung surgery, Mynx for femoral puncture sealing, and SpaceOAR for prostate cancer radiotherapy. Amar and his partner Fred Khosravi have created Incept LLC, which provides a platform to support other healthcare entrepreneurs.

    Amar has been recognized by several awards, including being named the “Champion of Change” by the Whitehouse and “Outstanding American by Choice” by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. His companies and inventions have touched over 8 million patients and created over 5,000 jobs to date. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Institutes of Biomedical Engg.

    Amar holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.


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    Leading Minds Podcast

    The Leading Minds podcast by Axtria, in partnership with Life Sciences Voice delves deep inside the minds of the top life sciences executives, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, consumer health, animal health, and leaders from related industries. In every episode, we meet a leader who has made a lasting impact in the life sciences industry and continues to drive the industry forward.