Deborah Kilpatrick grew up on a family farm in rural George; her dad was a teacher and football coach; she describes life in her town as “very Friday Night Lights.”
With a passion for math and science, Deb decided to becoming a Ramblin’ Wreck at Georgia Tech, continuing on there for a masters and PhD in mechanical engineering after spending a few post-college years working in the aerospace industry building military aircraft engines. She reports that the memory of walking through the hangar past the entirely male team came flooding back when she recently watched the film Hidden Figures – see here.
Eventually, Deb found her way to Silicon Valley, where she helped grow a medical device company (Guidant), and a molecular diagnostics company (CardioDx) before assuming her current and most ambitious role as CEO of Evidation Health, a company focused on defining and demonstrating outcomes in digital health. But as an entrepreneur, Deb draws a straight line between her childhood experience watching her dad build a football program in rural Georgia and her own willingness to start all over again every Monday and play any game and do everything you can do and then do it all over again, while building teams of people from disparate backgrounds to maximize their strengths and point them towards common goals. Rumor has it that it’s tough to work for Deb if you don’t know what “calling an audible” means.
We are delighted to welcome Deborah Kilpatrick, a helluva engineer, to Tech Tonics.
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This episode of Tech Tonics was sponsored by DNAnexus, the secure and compliant cloud platform that enables enterprise users to analyze, collaborate around, and integrate massive amounts of genetic and other health data.