11 October 2019
CEO Life: A Q&A with John E. Milad CEO of Quanta dialysis technologies
Following a successful fundraise earlier this year, Quanta is preparing to launch its game-changing personal haemodialysis system, SC+, in the UK...
Why is the launch of your new dialysis system so exciting?
Our mission is to improve the lives of dialysis patients through innovation. We want to do this by empowering patients to take control of their lives by providing greater flexibility around where, when and how they manage and receive their life-sustaining dialysis therapy.
There has been a distinct lack of innovation in the field of dialysis and current treatment options just aren’t good enough. There are, however, clear ways we can improve patient's experience of dialysis, such as shifting them to home treatment.
Our haemodialysis system allows patients to do this and start their journey towards self-care, giving them a better quality of life and helping them get the best possible clinical outcomes. That mission, and that need, is tremendously motivating for me, and everyone at Quanta.
Where would you like to see the Company in five years?
In five years, we want to be the standard of care for home haemodialysis and self-care in Europe and North America. By that point, we should also be starting to introduce our solution into new settings, new indications and in other parts of the world.
Who is your biggest inspiration as a CEO?
In terms of dreaming to do the impossible, I find Elon Musk inspiring – he is looking to completely disrupt big industries through bold innovation. In our own way, that’s what we at Quanta are trying to do in dialysis, by changing the whole delivery model through technology innovation.
In business, I find Warren Buffet very inspiring – on the one-hand he has been tremendously successful—and clearly has a lot of acumen and knows how to cut sharp deals—but on the other hand he conducts himself with integrity. I very much respect and admire his ability to combine enormous success with being an extraordinarily decent person.
What piece of advice would you give to someone starting their career today?
Focus on building something you believe in. If you get this right, then success will follow.
Also, be prepared for continuous learning and development. There is no static set of skills that is going to be suitable for your whole career.
What do you do to relax?
Beyond just spending time with family, I love cooking – the whole process of it. I’m a scratch cook and enjoy the blend of art and science, the satisfaction of developing my skills and techniques, and the opportunity to get into the zone and focus my mind on a completely different set of problems. Most importantly, this is something enjoyable that I can share with my family.
How do you find working in Britain as an American?
The longer I live here the more I agree with Churchill’s statement that we are two nations divided by a common language. The cultures are deceptively close but profoundly different.