Episode 24: Derk Arts – CEO & Founder of Castor EDC, Entrepreneur, Personal Development & Staying Healthy
“Accelerating medical research by unlocking the potential of every byte of research data. That’s the goal.”
Derk is the CEO & Founder of Castor EDC. When he graduated in 2011, Derk Arts (MD, PhD and epidemiologist) discovered that there was no decent application for simple and affordable data management. He decided to found Castor, and developed the first version of Castor EDC himself. Now, Castor has expanded into a team of 30+ people, specialized developers have taken over the programming work, and we are an established name within medical research. Recently, Castor has received a capital injection from Healthcare and Technology investor INKEF of $6.25M in order to further accelerate growth.
The goal of Castor: To accelerate medical research by unlocking the potential of every byte of research data. 85% of medical research data is never reused. This is due to poor data quality, lack of standardization, and by the data being inaccessible to others.
Castor has developed Castor Electronic Data Capture (EDC) to enable researchers to capture high-quality, standardized data at the source and make it available for re-use. Castor is the most user-friendly and affordable EDC in the world and is being used by more than 15000+ users across 2500+ studies.
In this podcast, we talk about several interesting topics, not only about Castor but also about him as a person:
- Books that influenced him
- People that inspire him
- Why Derk wants to live healthy and workout 5 times a week
- How Derk optimizes his life
- Routines and habits
- How did it start
- Different growth phases of the company
- Lessons learned from the investment round
- Biggest challenges faced
- The future of Castor
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