Imagine a life that is totally different from the one we know today. A life where disease and medical disorders are not commonplace. A life where medical afflictions no longer claim lives. It’s a wild thought, we know. It is our utopia!
Now think about this utopia in comparison to where we are at today. In 2019, roughly 58 million people died worldwide of which 74% of those deaths (or 43 million people) were the result of noncommunicable diseases like heart disease, stroke and COPD.
Imagine what the world would be like if all of those people, our family, friends and colleagues, were still with us.
It’s a sobering and certainly emotional thought! But how could we ever achieve such a utopian life existence?
Enter Square-1 Engineering and the greater life science industry.
As I write this I’ll humbly admit there will inevitably be people who read these statements and think we’re absurd or even delusional for thinking we could ever achieve a life without disease and medical disorders. That said, it would also be prudent to note the purpose of this statement is not about our company, it’s not a sales pitch or a ‘look at what we’re doing’ ploy. It’s about an unrealized opportunity we need your help with as we believe it to be our responsibility to spread the word. Our utopia is indeed possible and it will take all of us, both within the life sciences industry and outside, to work together towards a greater goal.
This greater goal, which we’ve defined by Square-1’s company vision, is to achieve a life where ‘medical technology has created a new quality of life empowering people to live fearlessly’.
Our company, like many others, is on a quest to change the world as we know it for the better. How are we going to do this you ask? We’ll achieve this through the advancement of medical technology. Along with many other companies in the life science industry, our focus is to drive change and innovation so that we can continue to inch closure to a state in the future where the way we live as people is better than today. Hopefully without disease and medical disorder.
Imagine again if all heath care afflictions were in fact eradicated. The fear many of us live with as a result of the daily health issues we struggle with would also cease to exist. Rather than harboring fear we could spend our time focused on a life filled with optimistic gratefulness.
We know our ambitions are colossal, even unimaginable at times yet this is exactly what keeps us going.
It’s for this reason we’ve made it our mission to put all our time and energy into advancing medical technologies to improve patient lives today so we can in the future meet our utopia, a world rid of disease and disorder.
Could you live fearlessly?
Join us on our mission and learn more about some of the great companies who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in order to create a better tomorrow. A fearless tomorrow. Our utopia!
Edwards Lifesciences: https://www.edwards.com/aboutus/credo#
Staar Surgical: https://staar.com/our-mission
Square-1 Engineering: http://www.sqr1services.com/vision-mission.html
Axonics Modulation Technologies: https://www.axonics.com/about-axonics/who-we-are
As the economy continues to boom we’ve seen several geographical areas around the country over the last 5-6 years show signs of impressive growth and future promise. Areas like Boston, the DC, Virginia, Maryland area known as ‘Tech-Corridor’ and Southern California are quickly giving the traditional tech depots like Silicon Valley and Seattle a run for their money. With home prices in the Bay Area and Seattle eclipsing obnoxiously high levels businesses are flocking to other areas and their doing so by the droves! According to Inc Magazines Marc Emmer (a Bay Area local) upwards of 46% of Bay Area residents plan to leave “in the next few years”.
So where are they going?
Before we can answer that question we need to understand the three major fundamentals for what makes a good tech and business ecosystem: universities, money and talent.
Universities drive education which in turn drives innovation, money (VCs, corporations, private interests, etc.) provide the catalyst for development, while having an enriched talent pool ensures the jobs of today will remain input for tomorrow.
These three things combine are the building blocks for a strong and lasting ecosystem. When each of these fundamentals coexists these geographical areas turn into a ‘build it and they will come’ field of dreams scenario.
So, where are businesses moving to? Southern California!
SoCal may have been slow to catch on however the area including Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego is quickly showing why it shouldn’t be ignored as it turns into a tech and business force to be reckoned with. Annlee Ellingson of LA Biz wrote an article based on a Boston Consulting Group tech report which outlines some of the reasons why SoCal is the next area on the block to look out for:
Key Take Away: the three major fundamentals for what makes a good tech and business ecosystem: universities, money and talent.
Action Item: One of the best things you can do to determine where the best place to be located is to review the labor pools in that area to determine if your place of business will be housed in an area that will provide you with good access to talent.
About the Author
Travis Smith is the founder and managing director of Square-1 Engineering, a life sciences consulting firm, providing end to end technical project services to companies which design, develop and or manufacture products in Southern California. He successfully served the life sciences marketplace in SoCal for over 15 years specializing in engineering services, consulting, project outsourcing and leadership development. In 2019 he was recognized as a ‘40 Under 40’ honoree by the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce as a top leader in Orange County, CA.