Mark Gehring, a biomedical engineer and software developer who has founded and grown medical imaging and digital health companies, will receive the 13th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award at the 2016 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in June.
Gehring is co-founder and chief strategy officer of HealthMyne, a Madison company that provides analytics for medical images in cancer care.
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HealthMyne operates in the emerging field of radiomics, which treats medical images not just as pictures but as rich deposits of data that provide large amounts of information for decoding cancer tumors.
“HealthMyne is on the cutting edge of this new field of radiomics, working with experts at UW-Madison and Dr. Bob Gillies at Moffitt Cancer Center,” said Scott Button, a managing director at Venture Investors, which has a stake in HealthMyne.
Before co-founding HealthMyne, Gehring was a co-founder at Propeller Health, a Madison maker of a digital system for people with chronic respiratory diseases.
He also co-founded Sharendipity, a programming environment for non-programmers that failed in the recession in 2009; UltraVisual Medical Systems, a radiology imaging system maker that merged with another start-up and had a $400 million public offering in 2005; and Geometrics, which commercialized radiation treatment planning software Gehring developed at UW-Madison and is now owned by Philips.
“Mark is really deserving of the award,” Button said. “He’s a longtime, very successful serial entrepreneur, both in creating companies and in giving back to the entrepreneurial community.”
Gehring exemplifies the newer breed of entrepreneurs who are not afraid to try different things, who recognize failure as part of the program and who are interdisciplinary in their approach, said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, which organizes the award and the conference.
“Mark’s work has involved software, imaging and medical devices — it’s cut across many lines,” Still said.
The Seize the Day award is named in honor of the late Ken Hendricks, a Beloit businessman and 2006 Seize the Day award winner who died in an accident in late 2007.