In an interview with Fabien Beckers, CEO and founder of Morpheus Medical, we discuss innovation in medicine and current immigration policies.
Explain the concept of Morpheus Medical.
Fabien: My company, Morpheus Medical has created the first cardiac diagnostic tool that provides 3D interactivity, flow and pressure inside the heart non-invasively via a ten minute MRI exam. The tool helps to save the lives of children with hearth problems.
What inspired you to found Morpheus Medical?
Fabien: Morpheus stemmed from the desire to combine two key motivations. I first wanted to create something that can have profound and meaningful impact on people’s lives. Secondly, I saw the potential to leverage physics and computational fluid dynamics to provide better information to doctors for the treatment of patients. From that, plus the encounter of my cofounders, Morpheus was born.
What does innovation mean to you?
Fabien: Innovation, to me, means bringing technology and creativity together to solve a big problem. Innovation is the passion of solving problems that makes people's lives better by combining multidisciplinary talents together. It is by combining technology, human skills, design, entrepreneurship and creativity that one can achieve that goal
As an immigrant entrepreneur, explain the hurdles you face to innovate and stay in the U.S.
Fabien: I am originally from France. I am trying to obtain a visa but could be forced to move my company elsewhere because of current U.S. visa policies or could even destroy it. The main hurdle is the uncertainty of the process. Creating a startup is a very chaotic process but it is extremely hard to engage confidently with partners, investors or customers and take a key responsibility if one is not sure they will be able to stay in the country to deliver on their commitments. From the perspectives of the partners they might choose to back other companies that don’t have this risk. This adds an extra unnecessary layer of risk that has no benefits and the key certainty of affecting the value creation endeavor of the company.
What U.S. policies need to be changed to help foreign innovators like yourself?
Fabien: There needs to be some policies that favor initiative rather than creating drag. This implies enabling the entrepreneur to be a legal worker early in the process especially if one comes from a top university and his company is legitimate. America cannot afford to turn down talents that have the energy, drive and skills to build innovative organization that could create job and grow the economy. Imagine the tragedy for the US economy, if Larry or Sergei had to leave the country because of their visa situation and had created Google somewhere else. In those universities, in those incubators lies the future Google of this world and the most important thing is to attract and retain those talents. Not to force them to leave for absurd administrative reason when they put their heart and soul in trying to create value.