Chris Danek



 Ph.D., MBA 

  • 20+ years of experience (CEO/CTO/VP). Expert in design thinking and agile teamwork in the life sciences domain.

  • Chris is a serial entrepreneur, Medtech senior executive, and teacher. His passion is purpose-driven impact, achieved by developing solutions, teams, and companies.

  • Bessel.co transforms team members through hands-on project-based work with expert mentorship, workshops in Human-Centered Design, Scrum / Agile program delivery, communication, ethics, and professionalism. This proven, award-winning program is a great way for companies to practice Evidence-Based Talent Management to identify, develop, and retain star performers. Their workshops have been successfully transitioned to the virtual setting, with pilots at 2 universities and over 75 students on over 20 teams (Dec 2020).

  • Chris is proud to have played a key role as a teammate and leader in the development of clinically and commercially successful technologies, one a novel asthma treatment (Asthmatx/BSC) and the other a device to restore arterial blood flow in the leg and foot to help prevent amputations (AtheroMed/Philips). As a founder and CEO, he raised $17M, including Series B (overcoming the VC “Valley of Death”) during the 2008-9 financial crisis.

  • His impact scales from coaching & teaching dozens of teams and hundreds of individuals, including at incubator/accelerators and universities. Chris is a co-founder and director of the CatholicU Center for Service through Innovation in Washington DC. They have also brought our program to the University of Texas – El Paso. t is amazing to see the progress students make in response to their thoughtful program built on Human-Centered Design, Scrum, and Lean Startup.
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