Ardy Arianpour, the CEO and co-founder of Seqster, is passionate about the interoperability of healthcare data. Seqster is a platform pioneering patient-centric interoperability to retrieve and seamlessly integrate data from various electronic health records.
Ardy was born in Tehran, Iran but grew up in San Diego. While many Iranian immigrants moved to San Francisco, his family wanted to be as far down the coast as possible while optimizing their entrepreneurial opportunities. He was introduced to the scientific community early, getting his first job at Salk Institute. This opportunity pushed him towards a career in medicine, opting in for a degree in biological sciences at University of California, Irvine. Quickly, he realized that there were opportunities in the science field outside of research or medicine.
He jumped into sales and marketing within the biotech industry, becoming an executive in his late 20s at Cogenics. He later worked with a few startups including Ambry Genetics, Pathway Genetics Corporation, and Basehealth inc. He realized there was opportunity in the genomics field, as a forward-thinking industry, and ended up forming genomic departments at the aforementioned companies.
While building various startups, he realized that data siloing posed problems for both consumers and businesses. He wanted to create a platform that brought together lab, medical, and wearable data, now known as Seqster.
In 2016, Seqster was formed. In 2017, Ardy began speaking at conferences. In 2018, Bill Gates personally gave Ardy a call, convincing him to take the platform to enterprise with a Business to Business to Consumer (B2B2C) model. However, 2020 was the year Seqster really took off,growing 760% in the span of a year. Ardy says that the pandemic accelerated the digital health space, bringing attention to deficiencies in data infrastructure. This presented a great opportunity for Seqster to grow.
In 2021, the Seqster team is focusing on pharmaceuticals and life sciences with a data-driven approach. The company will continue to bring innovative technology to enterprises so they can do their jobs more efficiently while also streamlining processes for patients themselves.
Listen in to hear about Ardy’s diverse experiences in the biotech industry and how the San Diego tech community allowed Seqster to thrive.
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