Marc Beer’s Road to Success
In 1987, Marc Beer left his college years behind and joined the pharmaceutical industry as a sales and marketing professional. His career quickly skyrocketed when he joined Genzyme and was named Vice President of Global Marketing shortly after he started working. It was while working at Genzyme that Beer also discovered he had a passion for solving pressing and immediate problems.
After promoting a Genzyme product line to more than 350 million people around the world, Beer felt the desire to up his game. He felt restricted by Genzyme’s policies and wanted to push his talents further. A few years later, he had all the skills needed to launch his first company.
In 2000, Beer finally got around to launching that first business after finding a worthy cause. Marc Beer founded ViaCell in 2000, a company dedicated to developing treatments for several physical conditions by using umbilical cord blood stem cells. By 2005, he’d taken his company public and found out how much the rest of the world valued his efforts.
Two years later, Beer experienced the highest and lowest points in his life. First, Beer sold ViaCell to a company called PerkinElmer, which purchased ViaCell for $300 million. That same year, Beer lost his wife suddenly to a pulmonary embolism.
Marc Beer went from being on top of the world to the lowest point in a matter of months. Despite his promising career as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology entrepreneur, Beer set his career aside and focused on his family life. He found consolation in raising his three children and being a stay-at-home dad.
Today, Beer is best known as a co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of Renovia. He decided to rediscover his passion for business after his daughter began encouraging him to go back to work. After taking her advice, he found two partners to go into business with.
The first partner, Dr. Ray Iglesias, was the original mastermind behind the company. Dr. Iglesias spent 35 years performing pelvic floor surgeries and wished that there was a way for women to avoid surgery. He spent ten years developing some concepts, and when everything was developed enough, he shared those concepts with Marc Beer. Learn more: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2018/08/21/ex-aegerion-chief-beer-raises-42m-for-womens.html
Later, Yolanda Lorie would join the team and Renovia would be founded. Currently, Renovia is on the cutting-edge of pelvic floor disorders treatments and therapies. Nearly 25 percent of women in the U.S. suffer from pelvic floor disorders and that’s too much suffering for Beer to sleep at night. Inspired by his wife’s death and his daughters, Beer felt obligated to join the fight.