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Prescription Pioneer Geoffrey Chaiken set out to help people easily and affordably access their medications—and is changing an entire industry pill by pill By Dora Dalton

GEOFFREY CHAIKEN Age 36 Hometown New York City Residence New York City Family Matthew Chaiken, brother and co-founder of Blink Health Education BA in biology and philosophy from Yale University;

MBA from Harvard Business School First Job Internship in a laboratory at Rockefeller University Mentors Tom Tryforos, Grant Street Capital BLINK HEALTH Founded 2014 Number of Employees Over 200

After a doctor’s visit, you take your prescription to your local pharmacy, wait (way too long) for your medication to be ready, and then pay... how much? Your co-pay? More? Less? What if you’re not insured? Consumers usually know their costs before choosing whether to buy, but not when it comes to pharmaceuticals. Geoffrey Chaiken set out to change that through e-commerce prescription company Blink Health, which he co-founded with his brother, Matthew, in 2015. In just four years, the company has formed partnerships with more than 35,000 retail pharmacy partners, including Walmart, Costco, most major grocery chains, and thousands of independent pharmacies. “This network represents more retail locations than the nation’s McDonald’s, Starbucks, and KFCs combined,” Chaiken says. Blink has also recruited executives with decades of leadership experience in pharmaceuticals and e-commerce, and with $175M in backing, its journey is off to a roaring start.

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Chaiken’s father and grandfather were both physicians, a path that he decided not to take. “When I told my grandfather that I didn’t intend to become a doctor, he responded with a simple question, ‘How, then, will you help people?’” Chaiken says. “Blink Health was born out of that question.” Since he had personal experience with hearing loss and a lingering interest in science and medicine, as a student Chaiken applied for an internship at an ear damage research lab at Rockefeller University in New York, but was rejected. His mother encouraged him not to take no for an answer, and soon he was working with neuroscientist and Nobel winner Paul 52


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