Virta Health: Artificial Intelligence to Reverse Type-2 Diabetes
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This post is part of our new Future of Artificial Intelligence series which interviews the leading founders and executives who are on the front lines of the industry to get a better understanding of what problems the industry is facing, what trends are taking place, and what the future looks like.
The following is an interview we recently had with Jackie Lee, PhD, Data Scientist at Virta Health
1. What’s the history of Virta? Where and how did you begin?
JL: The idea for Virta Health started with our CEO and co-founder, Sami Inkinen, who discovered that he had prediabetes in the same year that he won the triathlon world championships in his age group. For someone who was fit and had done all the “right” things to be healthy, this came as quite a surprise. This set off a period of discovery for Sami, which led him to our other co-founders Drs. Steve Phinney and Jeff Volek, who had a combined 70 years of research on metabolic health and insulin resistance. It was clear to Sami, Steve, and Jeff that type 2 diabetes could be reversed. The question was, how do you scale it?
2. What specific problem does Virta solve? How do you solve it?
JL: Virta helps people reverse type 2 diabetes—without drugs and without surgery. To do this you have to start with the right science. Type 2 diabetes is considered chronic and progressive, but we actually repair our patients’ metabolic health using a nutritional intervention focused on carbohydrate intake and nutritional ketosis, changing the paradigm from management to reversal. Scaling our solution is Continue reading