Kun Jiang is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BioMark, a healthcare analytics company aimed at empowering people with the information they need to live healthier lives. BioMark is an integrated platform connecting the three doctors, patients, and laboratories. At the centre of BioMark's efforts to prevent disease before it starts is an efficient, customised platform that serves the needs of each group. Patients gain knowledge of their risk factors, and motivation from watching how their everyday changes impact their potential health outcomes. Doctors streamline their processes and set the groundwork for more productive patient interactions. Additionally, labs are integrated into every step of the process, serving not as a silo of medical information, but as an interconnected node of in-real-time health data. Here, Kun tells more about her journey towards BioMark.
What was it like growing up in Melbourne with your family?
I was born in China and moved to Australia with my family when I was 8 years old. Ours is quite the typical immigrant family – we arrived in Australia with just our suitcases. Through the sheer hard work of my parents, we were able to establish a good life there. Both my parents gave up their medical careers and became small business owners. So entrepreneurialism, risk-taking and having a strong work ethic are values that my parents have instilled in me while growing up.
What drew you towards healthcare?
My parents were doctors in China and met each other at medical school. I grew up in hospitals following Mum around on her rotations. So hospitals are a familiar environment to me. When I was working in private equity and had to visit different hospitals, I felt very much at home.
I think healthcare is a special industry in the sense that doing a good job directly saves lives. The positive impact that a sound healthcare business can have is so tangible and profound. This makes it one of the most rewarding industries to work in, for me.
Having worked closely with some of the largest healthcare organisations in the region for the past four years, I have also witnessed first-hand the many challenges and potential areas for improvement in the industry. What I find very exciting is the role that technology can play in solving some of these challenges, many of which revolve around access, supply and interconnectivity. As income and education levels rise in the region, patients are also becoming more aware and demanding of their care. Helping people take charge of their own health using technology is what I’m passionate about.
How did BioMark come about?
A few years ago, I led the centralisation of a hospital lab network in Vietnam. Since then, I have been fascinated with the power of diagnostics tests, especially for preventative care. Did you know that two-thirds of clinical decisions are made based on diagnostic tests results? Diagnostics tests are primarily used for the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases, but they can provide so much more insight into your body.
Closer to home, last year I was undergoing a whole heap of blood tests to figure out a hormonal issue. I had huge stacks of paper blood test results that kept accumulating on my desk. I found myself always googling what each biomarker meant. I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if I could have all my results in one place on my phone, and be able to track them over time? I have a family history of heart disease and through these tests I also found that I had high cholesterol. It struck me how awesome an app that helps me keep an eye on my cholesterol level would be – one that also give me tips on how to keep it in check. That’s the basic premise of BioMark.
What are some of the craziest risks you’ve taken in your life?
I backpacked around East Africa and South East Asia on my own, when I was in my 20’s. Looking back, I was wandering around some places alone that have become quite dangerous since. Not sure I would do the same again right now.
Also, starting a company and having a baby at the same time is up there for craziest risks!
What keeps you going? And what keeps you up at night?
Our mission of BioMark of getting every individual biomarking is what keeps me going. I strongly believe in preventive health and empowering people through education about self-care.
My six months old baby keeps me up at night! I’m looking forward to when he will finally sleep through the night.
How is motherhood treating you? Has it influenced the way you go about your work?
Motherhood has a funny way of making you prioritise what’s really important in your life. I find that now when I’m at work, I am laser focused on getting things done. Time has become very precious and I make sure my time is spent productively and meaningfully.
I’ve also developed a much greater appreciation for mothers everywhere. This job of being a mother is really hard! Support from my family and in particular my own mother has really helped me through this journey.
Favourite go-to health food?
Goji berry tea. I take a handful of berries and soak them in hot water for a few minutes to make a healthy drink.
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you, and did you follow it?
It was advice given by a 75-year-old grandmother backpacker who was couch surfing at my place. She had the most incredible youthfulness and zest for life. Her advice was really simple but it has always stuck with me: “Be responsible for your own happiness.”
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