Today's Entrepreneur: David Lapointe

Kristin Karaoglu · September 26, 2018 · Short URL:

Top lesson: Learned to take a beating and listen sometimes 

Today's entrepreneur is David Lapointe, President and CEO of Optina Diagnostics, an eye scan that can detect a biomarker of Alzheimer's disease.
David will be presenting at SplashX Invent Health - Future of Precision Health - this Thursday evening at HP headquarters in Palo Alto.
Prior to finding his startup, David held the position of General manager at GE Healthcare were he managed the global operation for Molecular Imaging and Research. During his tenure at GE Healthcare, David increased distribution by adding new global markets.
David founded Advanced Molecular Imaging (AMI) in Sherbrooke, Canada to bring molecular imaging technologies to the global pharma and research market. AMI developed the world’s first fully digital PET imaging system. In addition to successfully securing all funding for AMI, David completed a successful sale of AMI Mr. Lapointe’s early career included sales and marketing positions in the pharma industry.

David went to Universite de Sherbook in Quebec, and received an MS in Biotechnology and Medical Imaging.
Here's more on David!
Companies I work or worked for:
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):
Product built: 
PET scanners for research
Retinal camera

Awards : 
CDL finalist 
Western Investment Forum Award

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
Serendipitously fell into it...
My favorite startups: Shopify
What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Most Frustrating: not moving fast enough. Startups often evolve at a different past then partners (Academia, gov, commercial partners)...
Most Rewarding: achieving something, building moving forward.
What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make? 
Lack of vision alignment between stakeholders.
What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1 - Learned to take a beating and listen sometimes
2 - Focus on the right objectives/problems
3 - Surround yourself with great people
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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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Optina Diagnostic


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Optina Diagnostic technology enables a simple eye-scan to detect key biomarkers of cognitive diseases, using specialized hardware and proprietary A.I. software, focusing first on Alzheimer’s disease. Optina’s eye scanning technology will slash pharma trial recruitment costs, improve patient diagnostics and management of cognitively-impaired aging populations, eventually available to screen anyone over 60 to help prevent cognitive diseases. Optina is currently operational at five clinical sites, have raised $4.5M in equity, $4M in grants.  Optina will be raising $15M in 2019.


David Lapointe

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President and CEO, Optina An entrepreneur by nature with a keen eye for identifying opportunities. Results-oriented with a mission to benefit the advancement of the healthcare industry with a ROI for stakeholders.