Hello all, I recorded the interview above with Rachel Pether from SALT (the alternative investment conference/forum founded by Anthony Scaramucci).
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Jarred Shein joins us to talk digital health. Jarred has invested in digital health at MH Carnegie and Qure, an Israeli based VC fund.
0:20 – Introducing Jarred
1:00 – Jarred’s education and background.
1:45 – Jarred’s studies of nanotechnology, specifically biochemistry
2:30 – Jarred’s thesis on biosensor devices and how it relates to Startrek
3:55 – End of university job with Macromatix, completely unrelated to biochemistry
5:10 – The early opportunity to pick up distressed medical device assets
6:00 – Australia’s strong position in the world and relatively painless COVID-19 experience make it a great place for global healthcare
8:10 – Australia’s unfortunate lack of a biochemistry talent pool
9:30 – Australia’s amazing history of medical device companies, including Cochlear and Resmed
10:30 – The opportunity to invest in the digital health space in Australia
11:40 – Deep dive into Resmed (RMD:ASX) and its successful pivot to health data revenue
14:40 – The benefits of living and doing business in Australia
16:33 – The rise and rise of telehealth services, silencing industry doubters
18:50 – ‘Ageing in Place’ (getting older comfortably in the environment that you are in) is a really interesting growth space
21:25 – ‘Digital Therapeutics’ (clinically relevant personal solutions) is another compelling growth area (e.g. Propeller Health – a recent Resmed acquisition)
25:00 – Discussion of Click Therapeutics (digital therapeutics solutions for mental health issues)
26:55 – What happens when the 20 year patent life timer ends?
27:50 – Jarred’s thoughts on Livongo (NASDAQ:LVGO), a Frazis Capital position
30:30 – Successful US healthcare business models rely on the US health insurance system
32:00 – The merger between Teladoc (NYSE:TDOC) and LVGO
34:00 – There should be a very tight communication channel between primary care and chronic disease management
35:25 – Do you book a telehealth consultation based on Brand? Doctor? Or Price?
37:30 – Today’s best opportunities in digital health, both listed and unlisted
38:50 – Missed opportunity in American Well (NYSE:AMWL), a hot recent digital health IPO
40:10 – Lots of opportunities in the private space for digital health
40:45 – Early stage Australian digital health companies can only access capital by going public
41:35 – Jarred discusses a compelling Australian microcap digital health opportunity, Hera Med (ASX:HMD)
43:40 – Jarred introduces an interesting QLD telehealth service provider called Medicine, providing remote primary care services
45:00 – Some problems within the digital health industry – access to capital and talent, commercialising technology
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