Terry Loghmani, associate professor of physical therapy at IUPUI, is president of Health Smart Technologies Inc. The company is developing Quantifiable Soft Tissue Manipulation™, a medical device system that characterizes the forces delivered during noninvasive manual therapy massage, in real time, as delivered in the clinic. This will allow the monitoring, improved reliability and reproduction of soft-tissue manipulation therapeutic protocols that lead to optimal clinical outcomes as a conservative approach to a variety of musculoskeletal pain disorders.
Crimson Catalyst: If a person has an idea for a business, what are the first three actions they should take to make it a reality?
Terry Loghmani: a) Pull together a team that complements your knowledge and skills. b) Consult often with others who have entrepreneurial experience. c) Listen to different perspectives; this will enhance your ideas and approach.
CC: What has surprised you during the course of your day-to-day entrepreneurial journey?
TL: The significant amount of time it takes, on a daily basis, to manage the multiple aspects of developing a medical device.
CC: How do you define success?
TL: Innovation that makes a positive difference in the health and well-being of others.
CC: What is dangerous or scary about being an entrepreneur?
TL: There are so many roles to play — I worry how I can juggle all the balls and not let something important drop.
CC: What is the best advice you’ve received?
TL: Have a plan, but remain flexible and responsive.
CC: What is the best advice you can offer?
TL: Keep your ultimate goal close in mind.