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Marc Lara, a digital health entrepreneur and scientist, is the co-founder and chief scientific officer at MicroHealth, a Y Combinator-funded startup that grew out of his research at Columbia University Medical Center. Marc is currently leading the development of digital therapeutic candidates to improve sickle cell disease and blood cancers and has implemented cutting-edge, scalable interventions to lower bleeding rates for hemophilia patients worldwide. Prior to founding MicroHealth, Marc published some of the first randomized-controlled trials demonstrating that mobile technologies can improve health outcomes among low-income populations. In collaboration with researchers at Columbia’s School of Public Health, he co-founded GrandMentor, an initiative that connects underprivileged children with senior citizens to read and discuss high-quality books over Skype. Marc earned a PharmD from the University of Barcelona and an MBA from Columbia University. He was awarded two USPTO patents: one for his original methods to improve patient adherence, and another in the field of AR/VR keyboardless typing. The King of Spain awarded him a “la Caixa” Fellowship to study in the United States. Marc also won the Global Social Venture Competition. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.