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Soft Launch Society of Physician Entrepreneurs

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The Houston Chapter of SoPE in concert with Platform Houston Present:

“Introduction to SoPE”

Introducing the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs to the Houston Life Sciences Community


Sudhen B. Desai, MD



President, SoPE Houston

"What can SoPE offer the Houston Medical Community?"

Michael A. Alvarez



Vice President, SoPE Houston

"What is SoPE and what is its Purpose."

Sudhen B. Desai, MD

President, SoPE Houston

Dr. Desai earned his Doctorate of Medicine with Distinction in Research from the Albany Medical College, following matriculation through the early acceptance six-year BS/MD program. During his latter years of medical school, he was accepted into the Clinical Research Training Program at the National Institutes of Health, a fellowship geared towards the development of translational researchers. He then went through residency at Stanford and UCSF (Diagnostic Radiology), and fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Northwestern University. After moving to Houston, he has nurtured a long-dormant interest in the life sciences innovation arena. He serves as a consultant to multiple start-up companies, as a Scientific Advisor to Santé Ventures an Austin, TX based life sciences VC firm, and as an invited advisor to the Rice University Jones School of Business (Technology Entrepreneurship, Dr. Tom Kraft). He currently oversees a busy and vibrant outpatient Interventional Radiology clinic, with specialized focus on Interventional care of end-stage renal disease and peripheral vascular disease. As president of the Houston chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, Dr. Desai hopes to engage local physicians into the innovation arena, and provide mechanisms to tackle the many hurdles to creation of early-stage companies.

Michael A. Alvarez

Vice President, SoPE Houston

Michael A. Alvarez is Executive Director for the MD Anderson Center for Professional Development and Entrepreneurship, which provides education and training in these areas for clinicians and researchers, and engages externally with organizations across multiple sectors to facilitate the translation of knowledge, technologies, and expertise. Prior to this role, he founded and directed the Stanford School of Medicine Career Center, establishing relationships on behalf of the University, facilitating entrepreneurship, and developing innovative curricula to support the professional advancement of physicians and biomedical scientists. Throughout more than 20 years, his professional experience spans both business and academic settings, including coaching and advising at Boston College, management consulting as part of Accenture's NYC practice, founding and directing the UCSF Center for Career & Professional Development - serving all schools and disciplines - and providing independent consultation to life science companies in the areas of business strategy and organizational design. He is widely sought for input and expert opinion on labor market trends, technology commercialization, and medical science training, and has written, reviewed, and published many articles on these topics in key venues. Michael holds bachelors and master's degrees from Boston College, a certificate in Intellectual Property Management from the University of Washington, and studied business at IESE in Barcelona, Spain. He is an Emeritus Chair of the Bay Bio Institute, supports bio-entrepreneurship as an advisor to early stage companies, and participates actively in biomedical associations through committees and boards both regionally and nationally.

What is SoPE’s Purpose?

SoPE is making a better world thru improved healthcare----The vision, mission, and activities of the Society are ultimately about the benefit to the general public of healthcare improvements; better treatment, greater and faster access, and lower costs. The Society’s global healthcare and biomedical innovation network has potential benefits beyond better patient care—The Society’s efforts help launch new businesses; characterized by job creation and increased global competitiveness.

Why is SoPE Different?

SoPE is unique in its make-up, leadership and mission---The Society is the only known organization founded and led by physicians with the specific purpose of providing support to those physicians and other medical professionals on the front lines of delivering healthcare that need help in bringing their ideas, inventions and innovations for improving healthcare to life.

What is the Real Problem that SoPE is trying to solve?

SoPE’s core contingency has few, if any, other sources of dedicated support ----Private practice and community based medical professionals are the most significant source of the healthcare related commercialized innovations and yet this group generally has little relevant business education and demanding jobs leaving little time to get a business up and running, much less investigating the prospects for a new idea. The Society is the only “go to place” for gaining knowledge from experienced medical professional entrepreneurs as well as learning about sources of education and support services available to help physicians and other medical professionals pursuing an entrepreneurial path.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    congratulations on the launch of the SoPE Houston Chapter. Please join us at and linkedin group and subscribe to our newsletter, blogs and magazine too.

    July 12, 2013

  • Colin M.

    Interests: patient behavior and adherence, decision aids, competency, healthcare safety

    July 11, 2013

  • Organizational Leadership S.

    I'm looking forward to attending the meeting. Thank You.

    July 9, 2013

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