Chad Green, Ph.D.
joined DHC in April of 2017
Technical operations for donor-derived and pluripotent cell-derived cell therapies, biologic/device combination products, and medical devices
It sounded exciting, of course, but it also aligned with my own goal of being able to really affect change. I knew both Anthony Davies [Founder, CEO] and Jerrod Denham [fellow Principal] from the industry, so I knew the company they were building was credible. I enjoy doing interesting things and this was a chance to do something that was going to be perpetually interesting.
DHC provides the opportunity for clients to take the 30,000 foot view of where a technology is and where it needs to go to support the next step in development. We have the depth and range of experience to be able to step back and evaluate the impact of our clients plans and/or current steps. What really makes sense to a lot of people, I think, is the valley that exists between the emergence of a new innovation and clinical trials. In other words, the scope of activities that need to be completed before a phase 1 trial. We are currently seeing many companies needing assistance in traversing through that valley of development work and we can support them through the challenges that everyone experiences when translating from the research process (where so many C> clients and products are) to industrialization.
That being said, we can do and do plug into any challenge a client may have, due to our 360-degree view of the needs in the field.
I didn’t exactly set out to be a medical device engineer, but what ultimately led me down the engineering route was seeing fascinating science applied in a fascinating way. Developing therapies…seeing the very beginnings of an idea eventually translate into a developed, robust therapy…there’s not much that’s better than that. Ultimately, I like to see real applications of the science and there’s nothing more real or more satisfying than seeing a completely new product cross the finish line.
Lots of family time (I have two kids and have been married for twenty years). When not social distancing, I practice jujitsu every day. I also make my own beer and enjoy running, surfing, and backpacking…I guess you could call me a serial hobbiest because when I try to narrow it down I realize there’s no shortage of things that I want to do or try.
If you drill all the way back, it might be my tendency to take on things that seem hard to do. The more challenging something is, the more intrigued I am by it. Easy things don’t really grab my attention. I like to do the heavy lift.
I tend to take on projects in every space in which we work—I’m our jack-of-all-trades. Thinking about my inclination to gravitate towards the most challenging options, I suppose that makes sense. I focus particularly on first principles and that product-solving mentality means I can find a way to work through most problems presented to me. I’ve always been with start-ups and so off-the-wall unexpected problems are sort of my thing. I just work my way through any problem one step at a time. How do you take something that’s so complicated and turn it into something we can control? Therein lies the challenge!