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Atlanta’s Most Impressive 30 Somethin | Ivy Edu, Brain Surgeon & Startup Savant

by Kristyn Back

We’ve had the pleasure of following the Neurolaunch Accelerator and the neuro- centric startups they’re supporting (think Mint Labs, MobiCuff, and Cognition Medical) since its inception. Now it’s time to dive scalpel first into the man behind the medical mask, Jordan Amadio.  After earning degrees at both Harvard and Princeton, Amadio made the trek to Atlanta to study at Emory (in neuroscience no less). We wanted to know how he transitioned into the the world of tech, so we sat down to see how he made the cut as both a doctor and startup guru.

With only 2 years left out of a 7-year residency (I can’t even commit to a yearly gym membership…), Amadio looks forward to seeing how his love of medicine and technology can collide. During med school, Amadio was involved with a startup seeking to commercialize a TMS (that’s short for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), a medical device for chronic pain. “It didn’t work out, but I learned alot in the process and when I moved from Boston to Atlanta, I was ready to pick up where I left off with innovation.”

“I took a 2-year research sabbatical, which gave me the flexibility to start Neurolaunch. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but I have other interests I want to combine with a surgical career. The world of entrepreneurship and innovation is one of those. I like that the startup world has the ability to make an impact on millions of people, in addition to making an impact one patient at a time. There is so much potential here just beginning to be tapped and the environment is more collaborative than I’ve seen in other startup hubs. Some of it may be southern hospitality, but there is a community feeling you don’t find other places – it’s not about a transaction, it’s about putting good out into the world and building a better community.”

When it comes to Neurolaunch, the most enticing companies use modern information technologies that address the brain. “Harnessing exponential modern technologies [big data and genomics] in computer science, and applying them to neuroscience is something we couldn’t do 20, even 10 years ago.  We want to move the lens of the program to areas of neuroscience that significantly influence millions of brains (like behavioral or mental health) which we can all benefit from.”

When Amadio isn’t elbows deep in residency and Neurolaunch, you can find him scoping out concerts, festivals, art events, and any underground project happening in Atlanta. “I’ve travelled all around the world (he’s got more stamps than USPS) and Atlanta is a really special place – it’s easy to live here, people are wonderful, and cost relative to quality is extraordinary. It’s a city with an amazing cultural life that is growing at a rapid rate. The rate of change for innovators and startups has grown incredibly fast and I’m excited about where we’re headed.”

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