Dr. Kira Radinsky, CEO and co-founder of Diagnostic Robotics, can talk about many instances where an investor decided not to invest in her startup because she was female or asked questions he would never ask. a man like “how can you be a CEO if you have kids?” However, she remains optimistic about the role women can play in the tech industry. “I believe we are the leaders of a new generation where there is nothing wrong with doing everything, there is nothing wrong with being a human being. Men, women, virtually any gender or any race.
Radinsky’s story is full of adversity beginning in utero in Kyiv during the Chernobyl disaster and his family’s subsequent move to Israel during the Gulf War. Raised solely by her mother and grandmother, both engineers, Radinsky began her career working with predictive models in 2006. Google barely existed. At the same time, I was working with aid organizations like the UN. I predicted issues like the riots in Sudan, I really learned a lot,” Radinsky recalls. However, over time, Radinsky realized that there was one important factor regarding the predictions that made all the difference. “Predicting is good, but predicting something you can actually do something about is so much better.”
CTech’s She-inspires series follows the stories of various female leaders in Israel. The interviewees come from a variety of industries: some hold senior positions in large organizations, some are founders, and some are key players in industries aiming to change the world for the better. The objective is to know where they come from, where they go and how they inspire an entire sector that is heading towards a glass ceiling just waiting to burst.
After completing his doctorate and spending his time at Microsoft, Radinsky met its co-founder, Yaron Zakai-Or. Together they created SalesPredict, an economic forecasting company working with B2B companies and helping them nearly triple their conversion rates. At some point, the company was sold to eBay where Radinsky began researching eBay, with a team of nearly 70 people located in Israel, Germany and the United States.
Along with eBay, Radinsky decided she wanted to switch to health. “I always wanted to do something in the field of health, but I didn’t know anything about it. I met Professor Varda Shalev and we decided to do something together. This is where I started to understand the language. I have always had both feet on the ground. Even when I was building systems, it was always important to me to see them applied. It’s because I want to solve problems that really matter. I wanted to dedicate my life to having an impact, it’s not possible from an academic point of view, especially not in the field of health. You have to build it.
Radinsky met Professor Moshe Shoham, the former founder of Mazor Robotics which was sold to Medtronic for $1.6 billion in 2018. Along with Yonatan Amir, they launched Diagnostic Robotics, a company developing an artificial intelligence system independent of the signal for insurers, providers and health care providers. the patients. The company, which helps predict which patients will benefit from proactive interventions and improve point-of-care, raised $45 million in a Series B funding round in July, bringing its total funding to date to around 70. millions of dollars.
“I started building an AI system that queries ER patients and predicts how to navigate between those patients so people wait less,” Radinsky explained. “In the US, the team understood a significant problem – 70% of people in emergency rooms shouldn’t have been there in the first place. So we realized the problem was in primary care and started to search there.”
Through this work, Radinsky realized that much of the problem is preventative. “We had access to 60 billion claims, access to meetings of doctors with patients. So we built a system that detects deterioration in patients and what we can do to stop the deterioration. The system tries to identify the patients that we can save, this is the concept of triage. We automate processes and a lot of things are found as we go.”
What advice would you give to other female entrepreneurs?
Radinsky equates entrepreneurship with jumping off a cliff and parachuting while falling. “The first thing I would tell them is to jump, not to think about it too much. It’s a question of survival. Then after jumping you can see how well you are doing. Also, celebrating success is important – it will give you the power to start.”