Interview with Jean-Manuel Nothias

Jean-Manuel NothiasJean-Manuel Nothias brings more than 20 years of experience in scientific research and medical technology innovation to his work on the Vizua team. While earning his master’s degree in neuroscience at Drexel Medical School in Philadelphia, he directed research projects on 3D-reconstruction of neuronal networks and regenerative quantification. Prior to joining Vizua, Jean-Manuel led an international team innovating automation for a human islet cell transplantation clinical trial including in imaging processes and led various medical informatics projects at the University of Chicago Medical Center. In his time at Vizua he has developed an expertise in 3D printing, virtual reality, augmented reality, Microsoft HoloLens and the Vizua’s products. These qualities help channel investments and clients in support to the team. Jean-Manuel brings a critical global perspective and scientific innovation vision to the Vizua team, leveraging his knowledge, experience and extensive professional networks to generate business and open up new markets. Jean-Manuel will be a speaker at our Chicago event. 
Jenny: What inspired you to use 3D printing in your work?

JMN: Working with Medical imaging and knowing that each human being is “custom-made, 3D printing was a natural move.



Jenny: What is the biggest motivation for your work?

JMN: Enjoying what I do and the people I work with.

Jenny: What is the biggest challenge in your work?



JMN: Make anything simple.

Jenny: How do you approach working with people with different backgrounds?

JMN: Being trained as a scientist, I welcome and seek out people with different backgrounds.

Jenny: What is one challenge you have conquered?

JMN: Thoughtful question. I believe we have done a big part of this with 3D printing by converting DICOMS from color voxels to color mesh, to make it fairly easy to do this from your browser.

Jenny: What is your vision on the potential impact of your current work to the future of medicine?

JMN: Customization for patient care!

Jenny: What is the biggest change/improvement since last year this time?

JMN: The introduction of the HoloLens from Microsoft.

Jenny: What are you passionate about?

JMN: Innovation that works.

Jenny: What is the biggest risk you took in your career?

JMN: The jump from being an academic scientist to working in a startup.

Jenny: What do you enjoy in your spare time?

JMN: Racing cars and building Star Wars Legos with my son.

Jenny: Anything else in mind you want to share with our audience? 
JMN: Life made it easy for me to transition from science to tech. It became impossible for me to be gone for 36 hours straight on-call for the clinical trial needs with my wife being a night emergency doctor and expecting a baby. We both had to change.