David Bates

David Bates

David Bates, PhD, is a scientist, engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and investor. He is the CEO and co-founder of Linus Health.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-bates-tamarisc
Member since December 15, 2021
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2007 Georgia Institute of Technology , MA , Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2014 University of Auckland , PhD , Chemical and Materials Engineering

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Linus Health, Bode
If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

Scientist, CEO, investor, and entrepreneur who’s passionate about brain health care

My favorite startups:

At Linus Health I’ve worked with a lot of exciting startups in the health space such as innovative new therapies like Neuroelectrics and Cognito Therapeutics, who Linus has recently engaged with in a partnership, and other amazing assessment technologies like Aural Analytics and Winterlight, as well as AI-assisted health coaching like Huckleberry Labs.

Why did you start your company or why do you want to innovate inside your company?

With Alzheimer’s diagnoses climbing, COVID-19 showing effects on cognitive health, and mental health challenges in all forms increasing, there’s a market need for brain healthcare. Linus Health was founded by a multidisciplinary team; I am a scientist by training, and am joined by an attorney-turned-investor, a technologist, and a renowned neuroscientist, neurologist. I met our Chief Medical Officer Alvaro Pascuale-Leone back in 2018 at an event, and we hit it off talking about the possibilities for a new technology that would give the healthcare system a better tool for the brain. I was looking for such a company to invest in and couldn’t find a company with the right approach, so we began to work together on the problem. We first focused around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which has been found to be the biggest fear for people over 60 years old.

There is an urgent need for accessible cognitive screening tools to support diagnoses, research, and treatments. Linus Health feels a responsibility to make rapid early detection more effective and accessible for the world with our mobile-based platform which combines industry-leading technology, artificial intelligence, and social engagement tools. Our platform has already been validated for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s detection, and we hope to continue to expand beyond our 30 cognitive assessments to address a broader range of cognitive disorders.

The end goal for Linus is to revolutionize brain health around the world by making screenings less costly, invasive, and time-consuming so every individual can access care.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

The most frustrating thing is when people refuse to consider a better way, especially due to ego or unfounded fear. The most rewarding thing is to see people’s lives improved by some innovation. Creating value for people by making an aspect of life less difficult is the goal for which I am constantly striving.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Selling dimes for nickels.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Have the spirit of a learner.

Consider the perspectives of others: where are they coming from, why are they doing it this way, what is their experience, what are their assumptions? (Don’t assume people are stupid while remembering that we all do illogical things sometimes)

Appreciate today’s fundamentals but design and build from the future.

Full bio

David Bates, PhD, is a scientist, engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and investor. He is the CEO and co-founder of Linus Health, a Boston-based digital brain health company that combines industry-leading technology, AI and social engagement tools to improve brain and mental health outcomes. 

David is a founding partner of Tamarisc Ventures and he co-founded Bode, a tech-enabled hospitality company for group travel. He is on the board of several technology companies, as well as the philanthropic TMCity Foundation. David has previously held positions at Morningside Ventures, F-Wave, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Louisville, and Georgia Tech.