In an interview, Ananth Natarajan, a physician-entrepreneur who specializes in utilization of advanced technology to solve pressing clinical problems, discussed what makes him a business renaissance executive. Natarajan said as he and his partner built their company, they surrounded themselves with others who had similar ideas. They were also careful not to introduce stakeholders (such as investors) who had different priorities. This created limitations that were painful at times, but they eventually figured out how to collaborate with such individuals in a way that still allowed them to remain true to their original goals. Natarajan defines his own success based on having a positive impact on the lives of others. Natarajan would recommend surrounding yourself with others who share your passion and core values. Furthermore, when considering allowing someone to have a stake in your company, be sure to consider not just the financial implications but also the effect on the mission of the organization.
EDITORIALS A Closer Look at a Business Renaissance Executive: An Interview with Ananth Natarajan Ananth Natarajan is a physician-entrepreneur who specializes in utilization of advanced technology to solve pressing clinical prob- lems. He co-founded Infinite Biomedical Technologies (IBT) in 1997 and was the CEO of the company until 2008. Funding for the company has been provided by the National Institutes of Health, which committed substantial capital to IBT for development of its high-risk, high-reward technologies. For the past several years, he has also been an active angel investor and has helped fund over a half-dozen early stage technology companies. Ananth has several publications, presentations, and patents to his credit. He has received the TR100 award from Massachu- setts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review and the Duke University Engineering Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. Red Herring magazine has cited him as one of “5 Technology Innova- tors Changing the World.” He is a member of Annandale Golf Club, the California Club, the Caltech Associates, the Economic Round Table, the Huntington Society of Fellows, the Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Ikona Medical Corporation, the Pasadena Angels and the Caltech Associates. He is P
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