【Tobias Gantner Interview】
Here is what I do:
Dr. Tobias Daniel Gantner studied medicine, philosophy, health economics, and law in Germany, Switzerland, the People's Republic of China, and the USA. He was a resident in transplant surgery and worked in management positions for Siemens Healthcare, Novartis Pharma, Bayer Healthcare, and Johnson&Johnson, among others.
He is the founder and managing director of HealthCare Futurists GmbH, an international network of innovative companies, think tanks as well as make tanks.
He sees himself as a physician, entrepreneur, and futurist. His companies' developments include 3D printing of medicines, XR Gamification for communicating complex medical issues, the first international data donation platform for COVID data, the development of AI systems for vaccine creation, the use of AI in predicting benefit assessment outcomes, and the founding of the first Ohnearzt practices and Digital Residency practices for medical care in rural areas. Some of his inventions and developments have won prestigious awards. A feature film has been made about the mobile ophthalmology practice developed by the HealthCare Futurists.
Tobias is driving the democratization of health by making the digital transformation of medicine tangible for broad segments of the population with the HealthCare MakerMobil. www.healthcaremakermobil.com
He teaches at various academic institutions and, as a Sciana Fellow, is part of an international network of thought leaders in the health of the future.
●How did you get into TEDx?
I was invited, it was actually the second time I have given a TEDx speech.
●What you want to say at TEDx
I was talking about how digital transformation in healthcare needs to come along with a deeper understanding of possibilities in regards to what is possible. This comes with a responsibility for all of us, so we need to foster an understanding in order to form an opinion. The same way we should be looking at and after the state we life in, we should also look about ourselves. This requires education and the will to take responsibility, both of which comprise democratic virtues to me.
●What is important to you
A good relationship to others and myself, being humble, being honest, taking action, being responsible, striving for improvement, sharing ideas, getting a good education and being courageous. Something – at least in my imagination – that are virtues of the samurai.
●What do you think of KUDEN?
I am a big aficionado of Japanese Culture. I have practiced Aikido for quite some time. I am interested in Japanese joinery and woodworks. I like the way KUDEN combines modern fashion with traditional wear and produces pieces of garment that I can also wear in my business context.
The Samurai Mode series was my first clothing line, which I made over the first year after buying a sewing machine and practicing patterns for the first time when I was 43 years old and had no experience.
I was sorting through the belongings of my late mother, who loved kimonos, when I was inspired and came up with the idea.
I was worried about the days when I couldn't see my son, and I realized that crying and suffering would not do anything for him, so I put my heart and soul into creating clothes and a brand to create a place for him to work in the future.
To be honest, I was very scared and anxious about trying to become a business owner again, as I had hit rock bottom in my life after a physical breakdown, divorce, separation from my child, and bankruptcy.
I named the series "Samurai Mode" in order to make clothes that would make me stand tall and dignified like a Samurai, and to give people who wear them courage and make them work harder.As a designer and father, I am very proud that Mr.Tobias wore my clothes on such an important occasion.
Mr.Tobias' passion for helping people through medical care came through passionately in his speech, even though I am not very good at English. I hope you will watch his passionate speech as well.
So many things happen in life.
Thank you for supporting my dream of creating a place to work with my disabled son. See you next week.