James Lewis is a mission-driven entrepreneur and CEO focus on driving innovation that improves the human experience. He is a global leader in corporate growth, innovation, partnerships, and venture investments—and is known for being able to “connect the dots” and bring “structure to uncertainty” across several complex industries, companies, and government organizations.
James co-founded and leads 11|TEN Innovation Partners, a high-growth, boutique professional services company that powers innovation, strategy, and venture programs for Fortune 500 companies, healthcare systems, and early-stage companies.
James and the 11TEN team have implemented Demand-Driven Innovation™ within several leading organizations including Emory Healthcare, where they architected the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub, and Verizon, where they operate the world’s-first 5G Innovation Lab.
Prior to founding 11TEN, James ran an innovation and venture program for a multi-billion-dollar, diversified family office and worked in Washington DC for a leading healthcare and public sector strategy consulting firm. In these roles, he executed over $1 billion in investments, acquisitions, and divestitures and developed multiple innovation hubs—bringing together corporate partners, government organizations, and startups to solve some of the world’s most complex problems.
James was able to see first-hand the way corporates work across the industry value-chain and developed 11TEN as a more user-friendly and efficient way to invest in growth. James’ passion for improving the human condition starts with his own interactions with the healthcare system when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 15 years old.
Through this experience, James become obsessed with improving healthcare through the use of technology and using ‘nutrition as a therapeutic’ to promote overall wellness. This passion is why 11TEN focuses mostly on healthcare, wellness, and food—and why James has incubated multiple businesses across those industries.
James holds an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from The Citadel. He resides in Atlanta with his wife Mary Leith, their daughter Demi, and their dog Leo. James enjoys traveling, playing tennis and golf, CrossFit, and Mediterranean-style cooking.
What You’ll Learn in This Episode
- How James’ Crohn’s Disease led to the launch of 11Ten
- An overview of what 11Ten does, as well as how it’s changing how healthcare organizations develop and deliver new products and services
- The factors driving healthcare transformation and key focus areas for innovation in the coming years
- The different stakeholders involved with healthcare innovation
- Context around the need to help make healthcare innovation more efficient and productive for all those parties
- Why Atlanta is such a good environment for healthcare innovation
- Work 11Ten is doing with the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub and the Verizon 5G Innovation Hub
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