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The Four Musketeers

by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO | January 11, 2017
Last night, I had the pleasure of, once again, having dinner with three very interesting people in the molecular imaging field, Mr. Don Bogutski, Dr. Stanley Goldsmith and Mr. Jamie Reiss.

Jamie Reiss is the president of Biodex. Jamie shared a photograph of his 1969 Pontiac Firebird, Convertible! With a manual transmission. Orange with white interior. I was so jealous I almost exploded.

On a serious note, Jamie told us that Biodex has hired a person to develop a program of online training for its products. I've always been impressed with how customer-centric Jamie is. He explained that if Biodex has to send people out to train its customers, there has to be a cost associated with that training. To save his customers money and provide a better customer experience, Biodex plans to offer online training and right now that training program is in development.

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Years ago, I visited Jamie and took a tour of his factory. I have talked in the past about how Jamie has a great blend of feet-on-the-floor practicality and cutting-edge innovation. Back then he brought in some consultants to develop Lean manufacturing and Lean tools for their Six Sigma quality program.

Jamie may be 70 years old but he is still innovating. I guess it's no wonder that Biodex continues to prosper.

Don Bogutski and I started a conversation about Yttrium 90 and Gallium 68 and Lutetium 177. We were discussing the avenues for producing these tracers when Dr. Goldsmith gave us all an amazing overview of the latest in diagnostic and treatment options available in the market today.

Dr. Goldsmith shared with us some cutting edge collaboration taking place between several universities and research facilities.

The four of us could not help but note how lucky we are to be alive today with the tremendous progress being made.

Jamie Reiss reminded us how innovative we are.

The developments we are making in health care, particularly as it relates to radioactive tracers, is medicine's version of the aircraft carrier — and I hope that these exciting developments continue for years to come.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.

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