Vansh Langer: Natural Breast Milk Access for Infants at Hospitals and in the NICU
Hi! It’s me, Spiffy, the interplanetary journalist reporting from Planet Earth with the latest scoop on entrepreneurs making a difference in healthcare for all of us around the world! Today’s rockstar is physician Vansh Langer, the CEO of BBy, who is working on UN SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being. Let’s see how he’s doing it!
Spiffy: Hey there, Vansh! Thanks for agreeing to talk to me today. I’m curious to know what challenge BBy is addressing.
Vansh: Great to be here Spiffy! BBy provides increased access to natural breast milk to infants and increasing efficiency in the NICU.
Spiffy: Ah, so that’s what BBy stands for! What motivated you to do it?
Vansh: I saw the need when working in the hospital as a physician and seeing how many sick infants needed breast milk and how much time was wasted defrosting and preparing it.
Spiffy: Can you elaborate how BBy is helping towards a more equitable world?
Vansh: We increase access and decrease administration time of breast milk in hospitals and the NICU.
Spiffy: I’m sure there are many parents who are grateful to you all. Is there a recent company milestone you want to share?
Vansh: Well, we recently got FDA approval!
Spiffy: Congratulations! I always ask entrepreneurs to share experiences of failure and what they learned from it, along with their successes. What can you tell me?
Vansh: For the last six years we've bootstrapped our business to stay alive with minimal VC funding. Helping families and infants while staying lean.
Spiffy: More power to you! Now, what is something you've unexpectedly learned from someone recently?
Vansh: I recently learned from a nurse in the NICU that even an hour of time saved defrosting milk represents an average reduction of three infant mortalities.
Spiffy: Wow, more power to you. Is there anything else you would love to tell our audience today?
Vansh: With the shortages of infant formula in the United States, we're doing everything in our power.
Spiffy: Thanks for speaking with me today, Vansh—it’s been an honor!
Dr Vansh Langer is a physician from Albany, NY. He is a graduate of Siena College, University of Windsor, and University of Chicago. (Nominated by Lorenzo Thione at Gaingels. First published on the Ladderworks website on June 7, 2022.)
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