Dan Vahdat is the CEO of Huma. As such, his name has received a fair amount of attention in recent times, seeing as how his company has managed to raise a considerable sum from interested investors. Something that is connected to Huma's role in combating the COVID-19 crisis. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Dan Vahdat.
1. Studied at Johns Hopkins University
Vahdat studied at Johns Hopkins University. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the school is named for its first benefactor, whose name can be found on numerous institutions that still exist in the present time. It is interesting to note that Johns Hopkins University can be considered the first research university to ever exist in the United States, which is because it adopted the concept of a graduate school from Heidelberg University in Germany.
2. Studied at University of Oxford
Besides this, Vahdat also studied at the University of Oxford, which has a towering reputation throughout the English-speaking world. This makes sense because it has been a presence in the English-speaking world since before it was recognizable as the English-speaking world. After all, the University of Oxford is so old that no one knows when it was founded. However, there is evidence that people were being taught at Oxford as early as 1096. For context, this would have been under the reign of William II, who was the son of William the Conqueror.
3. Studied Mechanical Engineering
One of the subjects that Vahdat studied was mechanical engineering, which is one of the broadest branches of engineering. This is because mechanical engineering is concerned with mechanical systems. Something that is much older than what interested individuals might have expected. For instance, both the ramp and the wedge are known to have existed in prehistoric times. Similarly, the wheel was invented in the late Neolithic before undergoing further refinements. These machines might be simple. However, they paved the way for every mechanical system that came afterwards.
4. Studied Bioengineering
At the same time, Vahdat also studied bioengineering, which is a much more recent branch of engineering. After all, bioengineering can be considered the combination of biological knowledge with engineering methods to create usable products, meaning that it is very much a product of the 20th century. In recent decades, bioengineering has seen a significant boost because of our increasing understanding of our biology, which has revealed a vast and wonderful range of possibilities. Of course, realizing those possibilities is much easier said than done.
5. Dropped Out of School
Generally speaking, dropping out of school is a bad idea. However, there are people who has managed to work it work out well for them. Considering Vahdat's current role, it seems safe to say that he can be considered one such individual, seeing as how he never finished his PhD from Johns Hopkins University.
6. Founded Huma
People who found companies don't necessarily stick around to run them in the long run. Sometimes, this is because they have a strong interest in being an entrepreneur, so much so that they aren't content with running a mature company but instead choose to found startup after startup. Other times, this is because they don't see themselves as being the best choice to run their company, whether because of a lack of interest or because of a lack of suitability. Vahdat isn't one of these people. He was the founder of Huma. Furthermore, Vahdat continues to run it in the present time.
7. His Company Is Based Out of London
If interested individuals are told that Huma is based out of the United Kingdom, chances are good that they can guess that Huma is specifically based out of London in the United Kingdom. This is because London looms large over the rest of the country, not least because it constitutes more than a fifth of the country's GDP. Generally speaking, London is known for its financial services for good reason. However, it should come as no surprise to learn that it is something of a tech hub as well. Amusingly, these two things have combined to make London a notable name when it comes to fintech.
8. His Company Used to Be Called Medopad
Huma isn't a new company. However, interested individuals might have a hard time finding information about it before April of 2020. If so, they should know that Huma's previous name was Medopad, which was the name that it started out with when it was founded in 2011. The name change happened because Medopad bought out a couple of other health-tech companies called BioBeats and Tarilian Laser Technologies. Thanks to this, it saw a shift of focus from remote monitoring to the collection of biological data for the facilitation of preventative healthcare. As such, the name change was quite understandable.
9. His Company Is Still Involved in Remote Monitoring
Having said that, Vahdat's company is still very much involved in remote monitoring. For instance, it partnered with the NHS to implement remote monitoring for COVID-19 patients, which included both those who had COVID-19 and those who were self-quarantining because of concern over COVID-19. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this was very useful. After all, COVID-19's infectiousness is one of the most dangerous things about it, so the ability to monitor people from a distance was helpful in minimizing potential exposure to the virus.
10. Hopes that COVID-19 Partnership Will Open the Way For More Healthtech Solutions
Vahdat has expressed the hope that the COVID-19 partnership will open the way for more healthtech solutions to be adopted by the healthcare sector. Essentially, a lot of parties in the healthcare sector are cautious when it comes to such solutions. As a result, it takes time for them to spread. COVID-19 has increased the incentive for said parties to use one healthtech solution, which could convince them to become more interested in using other healthtech solutions. Of course, this process will be helped out by products that offer interested individuals plenty of usefulness while being simple to use, which is one of the things that Vahdat has credited for Huma's recent successes.
Written by Allen Lee
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