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Inside Weavr: Meet Jim Heffernan, Director of Operations

What drew you to Weavr?

When I first heard about Weavr I saw it as an opportunity to get into the med device industry in a startup environment, so I packed my bags and was on my way. Then, I had the chance to sit down with the Weavr team for my first interview, and I was immediately excited by the company’s products and vision.

Weavr wants to simplify healthcare so people don’t need to visit a doctor’s office or lab for expensive tests they may not be able to afford. Weavr was asking the question: How can we streamline this process and make it easier and more affordable? It was all about improving the user experience.

What also really sold me was the people. The most successful company in the world is not the best company if it doesn’t have the right people. Weavr is full of passionate people who understand the mission. Everyone here is working to empower people to take better control of their health and make healthcare more accessible for all.

 

What is your focus at Weavr?

As Director of Operations, I’m responsible for working with our contract manufacturers to fulfill customer orders. We are also working to build relationships with new contract manufacturers as we continue to grow.

I like rolling up my sleeves and jumping in wherever is needed to get the job done. My technical background makes it possible to work with multiple parts of the business, including engineering. You’ve got to get down to where the people are building the equipment to learn what’s good about the product and what might need some improvements. Weavr gives us the opportunity to swim in all lanes, which is an approach I’ve always been a big believer in.

 

How do you see Weavr’s work changing healthcare in the future?

Weavr is going to simplify the process for getting your blood drawn and that is going to disrupt the marketplace for healthcare.

A significant number of people who see their doctor and are sent to the lab for testing never follow up. This can happen for many reasons, often because of the inconvenience. During the pandemic, people also became nervous about sitting in a room and waiting their turn around others who could be sick.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go to a doctor’s office, have your provider order blood work, and get your lab tests done without having to go anywhere else? The supplies for the lab tests are shipped to your house. When it arrives, you follow the instructions — which should take about two minutes to finish — put the sample in a bag and send it back. The whole process is simplified and streamlined.

Right now, the costs of getting routine bloodwork are astronomical; it shouldn’t cost $500 or more. Our technologies can bring down the costs and provide greater access to healthcare for people who need it.

I think the healthcare landscape is going to be very different two to three years from now. Coming out of the pandemic we’re looking at a whole different healthcare model than what we had 18 months ago. Changes in healthcare delivery are only going to continue to accelerate.

 

When did you know you wanted to get into engineering?

I started my career serving eight years in the military before landing a job as a manufacturing operator. One of my supervisors — who I’m still friends with to this day — thought I was doing great work and wanted to provide an opportunity for advancement, so he encouraged me to go back to school. After furthering my education, I stayed with that company for 15 years and had a lot of opportunities to grow and succeed in the engineering space. They taught me everything from an operation standpoint to program management. Since then, I’ve worked with multi-million-dollar companies and established startups.

 

If you had to describe Weavr in three words, what would you say?

Committed, passionate, and respectful. Our mission is second to none, and we’re an organization that’s committed to staying the course. Everyone is very passionate about the work we are doing and eager to learn. We respect every person’s point of view and are open to new ideas. Our culture is one where people know it’s okay to make a mistake as long as we keep things moving forward. I use the phrase “fail fast forward.” If you aren’t making mistakes, you’re not growing.