Jon Brilliant is the first Chief Financial Officer of SPEAR Physical Therapy. Prior to joining SPEAR, Jon has been part of the founding team and CFO of two pioneering companies in the digital health/mHealth space. First, Jon was part of the founding team of WellDoc way back in 2005 that became the first mobile app to obtain FDA clearance (2010 – a year before the mobile medical app regulations) that is prescribed by physicians and reimbursed by payers (2011). Jon helped usher in an era and an industry and WellDoc has been called the grand daddy of digital health. WellDoc went on to have the American Diabetes Association grant BlueStar the first designation in a new class of therapy called Mobile Prescription Therapy as outlined in this Forbes article, which has not morphed into digital therapeutics or “digiceuticals.” Jon was instrumental in helping the company raise over $50M, and pioneer a business model by finding a way to obtain FDA clearance for a mobile app that could be prescribed by doctors and reimbursed by payers as described in the NY Times and MobiHealth News. Jon was part of a team that helped blaze a path that gave birth to an entire industry.
Following his eight years at WellDoc, most recently Jon, along with others personally affected by type 1 diabetes, co-founded Bigfoot Biomedical, which seeks to change the paradigm of care for insulin-requiring diabetes by leveraging data, connectivity, automation, and machine learning to reduce the burden on people with insulin-requiring diabetes and maximize the leverage of health care providers. As Bigfoot’s CFO and then Chief Strategy Officer, Jon helped lead Bigfoot’s creation of a disruptive business model of a bundled monthly subscription service that meets the needs of payers in an ever-increasing outcomes driven healthcare environment.
By integrating an FDA-cleared insulin pump and the leading continuous glucose monitor (CGM) with a smartphone app and a comprehensive, cloud-based data platform, Bigfoot enables a safer and less costly way to treat the millions of people living with T1D. Located in Silicon Valley, and founded by proven entrepreneurs with track records of innovation and value creation, Jon was part of a team that is creating a durable business of scale as well as meeting an important unmet health need. Bigfoot’s roots were chronicled in Wired Magazine and its prototype system, which has been used in the real-world since 2012, was described poignantly in this blog post by the wife of Bigfoot’s co-founder Bryan Mazlish. Bigfoot was also featured in the WSJ and in the Harvard Business Review article entitled: The Innovative Mindset Your Company Can’t Afford to Lose.
Jon brings to SPEAR and incredibly diverse set of experience that will enable SPEAR to continue its rapid growth having had operating roles in healthcare (WellDoc and Wright Medical), automotive (JM Family), and retail (Harrods). During his professional career, Jon has been a Senior Advisor to Merck’s Global Health Innovation Fund, and a venture capitalist with his own fund (Atelier), a large European-based fund (Syntek Capital), and the family office of the former owner of Harrods. Jon has raised and invested billions of dollars in public and private markets, even helping restructure the debt of the country of Bolivia. Jon has served on the board of directors of over fifteen companies, ranging in size from startups to over $500M in revenue.
Jon received his undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University while playing Varsity tennis and earned his graduate degree from Duke University.
Learn more about Jon by watching his talk at TEDX Wilmington and his interview on Comcast Newsmakers. Also check out his interview with PC World and his article on the Huffington Post. More of Jon’s media mentions can be found at Technical.ly/Delaware.