Jim Tananbaum is a strong force in the world of medicine and healthcare. He started his college career by graduating in 1985 from Yale University with a BS, BSEE in Math and Computer Science. Tananbaum graduated from Harvard with a MBA in 1991 and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1989. In 1989, he graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with his Master’s. In college, he showed a great interest in math and electrical engineering along with computer science. Jim Tananbaum believes in merging hard science and computer science with healthcare. Jim Tananbaum has formed numerous healthcare organizations in hopes to fight and cure diseases that are effecting people all around the world. The company he is focusing mainly on right now is Foresite Capital which he are the founder and CEO of. According to Biz Journals, this company searches for emerging healthcare that they supply Capital to and information. The biggest company Foresite is invested in right now is Intarcia. Intarcia is working on a twice a year type II diabetes implant that can help patients control diabetes and reduce weight. Before being an investor, Jim Tananbaum co-found and co-sponsored multiple companies in the healthcare industry.
Recently, Jim Tananbaum sat down with INC42 to talk about work and everything else that is going on with him. Tananbaum started off by talking about where he got the idea for Foresite Capital from which he explained that it all came from over 25 years in the healthcare business and being a healthcare entrepreneur along with an investment strategist. In all the questions asked to Tananbaum, he always accredits his passion of the innovation of healthcare. For instance, when asked what excites you, his answer was innovations in healthcare and when asked how he brings ideas to life, Tananbaum answered, looking for innovation leaders in the healthcare field. Tananbaum explained that not a lot of synergy caused a bad experience at work and how he wished he believed in himself more during the start of his career. Tananbaum also explained how much he wants entrepreneurs to continue to push themselves and become innovators.