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NewCo Boston Host Company Fun Facts – Paul Bleicher, CEO, OptumLabs

 Paul Bleicher, Founding CEO, OptumLabs

1. Why Boston? (Why do you live/work here, why did you choose to start
your company here, etc.?) 
I moved to Boston 33 years ago
because it was the best place in the country to train as a physician and
scientist – an academic mecca.  Since
then, it has grown into THE leading edge of the business of health care and
life sciences as well.  From large pharma
to biotech, technology to device company, health care startup to leading health
care companies, it has pretty much everything. 
It is perfect for OptumLabs – the center of the vortex.

2. What’s the one word to describe how people will feel after leaving your
New Co session?
3. What movie, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to
watch when it’s on
Technology has changed all that,
hasn’t it?  Like talking about a slide
show.  Or dialing the phone.  The movie I would take to a desert island is
4. What trophy do you want on your mantle?        
World champion latte art.
5. If you could have a beer with anyone (dead or alive) who would it
John Snow.  He invented epidemiology by studying a map of
cholera victims in London, and determining that a particular water pump was
responsible for the epidemic.  He was so
sure of this, he took the handle off the pump, and ended the epidemic.  An amazing blend of intelligence, instinct and
6. What’s your superpower or what’s your spirit animal?
Hmmm, never thought about
it.  So, I took a quiz at
spiritanimal.info.  Turns out, it is a
Butterfly – powerful transformation, metamorphosis, playfulness, the world of
the soul.  Sounds about right.
7. If you could sing one song on American Idol, what would it be? 
Blackbird, by The Beatles (Paul
McCartney).  The past few weeks I have
been teaching this to myself and I should be ready by the time our session
comes around.
8. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?
Granola – high quality, an
interesting mix of things, tasty, and good for you
9. If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and
Paul Giamatti
10. What book do you think everyone on your team should read? 
Good to Great.  I love the Hedgehog concept – focus your
company on what you can be best in the world at, can be passionate about, and
can make you money. 

About OptumLabs: OptumLabs is the health care industry’s first open collaborative research and innovation center. Our mission is to work with thought-leading partners to enable innovation and ground-breaking research designed to improve patient care and patient value. Together, we’re accelerating the search for solutions to challenges that stand between us and a healthier world.

Want to learn more? Visit Paul Bleicher and the OptumLabs office in Kendall Square during NewCo Boston on April 27, 2016!
Session Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Session Title: “What you can see with Big Data”

Learn more about NewCo Boston and purchase tickets here: http://bos.newco.co/

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