071: Bill Vick is Dying and Wants You to have 1 Million Dollars

Bill Vick is on a mission to raise money for research and new devices related to IPF. What’s IPF you may ask? Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He’s the face of the IPF Catalyst Challenge happening RIGHT NOW where 1 million dollars will be given out to support research and new medical technology to help IPF patients. Want in? Listen to his amazing story (he even does pull-ups at the gym with his oxygen tank) and prepare to get motivated!


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More about Bill

Bill is a competitive triathlete and he went to his doctor after he noticed his triathlon times were increasing. He knew something was off. He discovered he had IPF and was expected to die in less than 3 years. He made the choice to live as much as he could and experience life.

What are you doing to change healthcare?

Bill has teamed up with Three Lakes Partners, an organization passionate making patients lives better, finding a cure, and improving medical devices having to do with IPF. They’re sponsoring the IPF Catalyst Challenge to encourage innovation and are giving away 1 million dollars.

Where can people go if they’re interested, is this virtual or in person?

The challenge is virtual right now but will culminate with the finals and an in person event in Chicago. You can check it out at IPFcatalystchallenge.com

What’s one thing that medtech entrepreneurs or startups don’t know that they need to know?

When startups are creating new products, they sometimes forget that they’re developing these for the customer. There are so many great ideas out there but they don’t ever make it to market since they’re not customer centric.
Everything needs to be designed for customers and patients so you actually need to talk with them throughout the development of these new products.

What do you see as rough waves) in our industry and how can entrepreneurs and startups overcome those rough waves?

Government regulations is really tough and sometimes companies can get in their own way. Be smart and do what you need to do but don’t overdo it.

What’s the best advice you can give medtech entrepreneurs?

Step back and simplify. We have a tendency to overcomplicate things. KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid).

What’s a book that you recommend and why?

Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill — this book changed Bill’s life. He got things together and understands what he’s supposed to do in life thanks to this. He was planning on being a scuba diver then went to college instead and is where he is today because of the book.

What’s the best way to get in touch with you and a favorite quote?

bill@billvick.com, 972-612-8425

What’s your favorite quote?

“Dying is easy….living is hard” — Bill Vick himself!

About the Author

Meghan M. Alonso
Meghan M. Alonso, referred to by Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington as a medical device development expert, is known for equipping medtech & IVD companies with the knowledge, resources, and connections they need to bring innovative products to market. She’s the IVD Product Marketing Manager for NAMSA and founder of Imua Services. She’s a contributing author for best selling book “Put a Shark in Your Tank” with Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington, and the prestigious “Molecular Profiling – Methods and Protocols”(a must read in molecular diagnostics). Her podcast, MedTech Inspired, in which she interviews the hottest startups, experts, and investors, won iTunes “New and Noteworthy”. According to the Huffington Post, she helps clients navigate the complicated process of bringing their ideas to the marketplace. She’s a patriotic military wife, pet parent, founder and co-founder of 4 successful companies who thrives on guiding medical device and IVD companies through development and manufacturing. When she isn’t helping others, Meghan is hard at work on her MBA she is pursuing from Auburn University, staying active with her adorable husky Abby, crossfitting, enjoying great restaurants and fine wine with her husband, soaking up the sun the nearest beach, and promoting the adoption of shelter dogs.

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