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Biosite is helping to save healthcare.

Listen to your mentors


San Diego: Gunars Valkirs and his two partners, Ken Buechler and Kim Blickenstaff, were bored by big business and its lack of courage and insight.

They were smitten by technology and had some very early insights about using PC-technology for medical diagnostic equipment. People told them that they were crazy, "It's a stupid idea. No way! It'll never work."

Yet, they prevailed.

Today their devices are used virtually every second of a day to aid hundreds of thousands of emergency medical technicians, nurses, doctors and patients to diagnose medical conditions faster and more accurately. In this episode of the show, you will see their little device, Biosite Triage® for rapid diagnostic testing, in action.

When they had the idea, everyone told them, "You're crazy. No way! It'll never work." 

They began their business in 1988. Today, it is a global organization with annual revenues over $300 million. And, it is all based on a product line that never ever existed before they created it. They didn't stop there. They now test for congestive heart failure and a long check list of conditions that create  medical emergencies. Beyond their unstoppable energy and passion for continued research and exploration is the belief that their success to date does not begin to scratch the surface of the potential of diagnostics. Here is the heart of creativity.

These founders have kept working when they certainly could retire because work is life to them, and this work they are doing is noble. They are totally dedicated to the mission of making health care better and more affordable.

Change An Industry

5:08 | Play Now   Kim Blickenstaff, Chairman / CEO,  has been hugely successful in spite of all  experts who told him it would be impossible -- that they had "a stupid idea."  ; More...

Do What You Know

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Ken Buechler and his two partners, Gunars Valkirs and Kim Blickenstaff,  worked together before they launched Biosite.  They respected each others talents.

Raise Money The Old Way

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At the beginning stages of Biosite, the need for rapid testing was laughed at by the big boys in the diagnostic industry. This fact would have made getting a bank loan impossible.

Hire Your Replacement

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Ken Beuchler says their product makes testing easy but building it is very complex.

Treat Every Person As An Equal

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Host Hattie Bryant witnessed how the founders of Biosite lead by example.

Stop And Think

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This tiny machine is busy saving lives because the inventors wouldn't give up on their dream.

Give To Add

2:51 | Play Now

Ken Buechler says that employees of Biosite are offered stock because he and his partners believe in the idea that giving something leaves the giver richer. 

Keep Working Even When You're Rich

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Gunars Valkirs, Kim Blickenstaff and Ken Buechler love the challenges work presents.