Some entrepreneurs never seem to run out of energy. Jim Plante, for instance, has already founded or co-founded a number of businesses. Examples include Pathway Genomics, Klotho Therapeutics, Thynk Capital, and SmartDrive Systems. Mr. Plante is on a mission to eradicate genetic diseases or at least delay their onset until much later than is typical. Improving quality of life through technology is a high priority for these companies.
Pathway Genomics performs a broad range of genetic testing to determine a person’s risk for certain diseases. Each person then has more knowledge to act on in the effort to prevent illness.
Klotho Therapeutics concentrates on using a particular protein in the genetic structure that is associated with better health and greater longevity. The team plans to use a synthetic version of this protein to boost serum levels in people who have depleted amounts. It’s natural for Klotho to decrease with age, and this gradual depletion is associated with degenerative disease and other negative effects.
Investment and Safe Driving
Thynk Capital was created to help fund ventures in biotechnology and other forms of technology as well as healthcare in general. SmartDrive Systems has a different type of goal, but it’s still geared toward helping people live longer, disability-free lives. This commercial driving safety program uses a combination of features that monitors behavior behind the wheel. Unsafe habits are addressed and accidents are prevented.
Another organization founded by Mr. Plante is the Foundation for Kidney Transplant Research. This entrepreneur has a personal stake in this type of research since polycystic kidney disease runs in his family. He himself carries the gene for this illness. As the disease runs its course, it can lead to chronic kidney failure, after which the individual must receive regular dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant.
People generally only live about five to ten years after beginning dialysis since the disease is so hard on the body. In addition, dialysis is tremendously inconvenient, typically requiring sessions three times each week, with each session lasting about four hours. Mr. Plante’s father received a kidney transplant many years ago but later passed away from cancer.