WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House July 8 recognized Indian American Anish Sebastian and eight other individuals as “Champions of Change” for Precision Medicine who are making a difference in transforming the way we improve health and treat disease.
Sebastian and the other individuals embody the promise of President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which was launched earlier this year to enable a new era of medicine through research and technology that empowers patients, researchers and providers to work together toward the development of individualized treatments.
Sebastian is the CEO and co-founder of Babyscripts Inc., a leading mobile therapeutics company in pre-natal care.
Under his leadership, the company has raised more than $2 million in capital, developed and clinically validated the first in-kind risk stratified approach toward pre-natal care and commercialized its product in multiple markets.
According to its Web site, Babyscripts “empowers patients and allows providers to truly personalize care to each of their patients. Capturing weight, blood pressure, and app data through Babyscripts allows our providers to appropriately tailor the way they deliver care to each of their patients’ specific needs.” It is delivered to patients in two parts: an iPhone App and wireless weight and blood pressure devices.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Sebastian, a graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.S. degree in information services, is an advocate of the consumer healthcare revolution serving as the lead organizer of the Quantified Self group in Washington, D.C.
As organizer, he leads the effort in establishing and growing the quantified-self movement (a data driven approach to self-knowledge) in the Washington metropolitan area.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The event was live streamed on the White House Web site July 8.
The program featured remarks by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Senior Advisor to the president Brian Deese, and director of the National Institutes of Health Francis Collins.