Marc Beer: Medical Philanthropist
Throughout his career, Marc Beer has loved a good challenge. In his line of work, a good challenge in developing workable solutions that solve immediate and pressing problems in the pharmaceutical industry. He’s founded and led numerous companies to the pinnacle of success by using his talent for marketing.
It may sound weird that a marketing genius is helping the world solve medical issues, but that’s exactly what Marc Beer is and that’s exactly what he’s doing. Since his first day as Vice President of Global Marketing for Genzyme, Marc Beer has been introducing millions of medically underserved people to life-saving products.
Though he’s far from Genzyme today, his compassion and commitment to helping people are alive and well. If anything, it grows stronger and burns hotter every day. Beer shows a special interest in medical issues that affect women. Beer is a single dad because he lost his wife to a sudden pulmonary embolism.
He lost his wife after selling his first company, which he founded shortly after leaving Genzyme. His first company, ViaCell, began as a small, no-name business trying to find its place amongst multibillion-dollar juggernauts. Under Beer’s leadership, ViaCell produced some of the most viable solutions in the industry; eventually drawing the attention of PerkinElmer.
After PerkinElmer purchased his business for $300 million, Beer felt like life couldn’t get any better. Sadly, he was right. Later that year, his 42-year-old wife, the mother of his three children, died. He was lost after that but took solace in raising his children.
The once entrepreneurial genius suddenly gave up all his professional endeavors and focused on nothing else but his kids. While driving his children back and forth to school, his 14-year-old daughter started telling him he needed to relearn how to live with purpose. It was something he told his kids every day but never quite took his own advice to heart. Learn more: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2018/08/21/ex-aegerion-chief-beer-raises-42m-for-womens.html
Luckily, he listened to his daughter and agreed that he did need to get back to work. It took him a while to get back into the swing of things, but eventually, a Dr. Ray Iglesias called with a proposal. Dr. Iglesias is a gynecologist who for the last 35 years had been performing pelvic floor surgeries. He wanted Beer to join him and a colleague in finding a way to help women avoid the surgical option. Together, they founded Renovia, one of Beer’s most successful companies to date.