This success is due in part to the collaboration Heikenfeld has with UC students and the “extremely talented [UC] technical team that brought the technology to the point where a compelling business plan could be drafted.” Beyond that, Dorothy Air and Geoffrey Pinski of the UC commercialization office have been tremendously supportive, which Heikenfeld describes as “both enabling and inspiring, because we want to make sure we can continue to deliver in order to maintain that belief and support.”
It would appear that Heikenfeld and the other team members at Eccrine Systems are indeed well-positioned to deliver in a way that will continue to generate support from the UC family and others. Looking forward, Heikenfeld says, “The dream is that sweat becomes the dominant paradigm for continuous monitoring of your physiological condition. We are working hard to build a technology platform that can generate many products, but more importantly, we are trying to fundamentally change the landscape across simple every-day wearables all the way to care in a hospital.” It is this kind of dreaming that distinguishes UC students and faculty and makes the university proud.
As an award winning entrepreneur, Heikenfeld has much wisdom to offer those just starting out. However, if he were to boil it down to two essential tips they would be: “(1) get smarter about it and then do it! Experience is incredibly important, and you have to start gaining that experience at some point and, (2) surround yourself with a team of people that are smarter and more capable than you. The idea of the solo entrepreneur is largely a myth.”