Marc Beer: Identifying Serious Issues
For the last 25 years, Marc Beer has proven that he’s only an exemplary entrepreneur, but he’s also proven that he’s brilliant at identifying immediate and pressing problems. Since his first major role at Genzyme, it’s been Beer’s responsible to put medical products in front of the medically underserved.
Medically underserved victims can be overlooked for a number of reasons; none of which are acceptable to Marc Beer. In Beer’s eyes, everyone should receive the same amount and quality of medical attention as the medically privileged. At Genzyme, it was his job to promote Genzyme’s product lines to more than 350 million medically underserved victims all over the world.
That was his first experience with the inequality of medical service in the world. He was extremely proud of his work at Genzyme, but the believed he could do more on his own. If he had his own company, he could raise the bar and push himself further and do more good.
His first attempt to improve his efforts went incredibly well. He founded a company called ViaCell in 2000. The company addressed a variety of conditions that occur in the human body, and before long, ViaCell employed 300 professionals. Beer later sold ViaCell to PerkinElmer and began looking toward his next venture.
Before he could start another company, Beer suffered a tremendous loss. His wife, at the age of 42, passed away from a pulmonary embolism. Losing his wife sent him spiraling, and he almost gave up, but his daughter convinced him that he needed to work. He spent two years only taking care of his three children, but returned to the entrepreneurial world after a phone call with Dr. Ray Iglesias.
Dr. Iglesias needed Marc Beer’s help getting his company off the ground. The good doctor spent nearly a decade developing concepts for women with pelvic floor disorder but needed help bringing his ideas to fruition. Beer’s expertise and talents came in handy, and in 2016, the duo teamed up with Yolanda Lorie and founded Renovia.
Before Renovia launched, Beer looked into pelvic floor disorders and identified them as severe problems. In its simplest form, pelvic floor disorders can cause pelvic organ prolapse and urinary and fecal incontinence. Beer also learned that nearly one out of every four women in the U.S. is living with a pelvic floor disorder. Learn more: https://patch.com/massachusetts/boston/renovias-marc-beer-raises-42m-treat-womens-health-issues
His research combined with Dr. Iglesias’s personal account of the countless pelvic floor surgeries he performed over the last 35 years led Beer to his decision to co-found Renovia.