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David Windhausen

David Windhausen

Executive Vice President

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“The early years of my career were spent looking at emerging technologies to explore where they might fit into pharma.”

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Your path crossed with Faruk’s early on. When did you both first meet?

I was working at Marion Labs in the early '90s when the company merged with Merrell Dow. Faruk started working there (though in a different department). I started my own company in 1999, the same year Faruk was starting up Intouch Solutions.

I left my first venture in the summer of 2010 and began to pursue other interests. Faruk and I have always remained in close contact, and we started talking about the Intouch vision. It was evident that exciting things were happening at Intouch. I saw the opportunity for me to play a role in moving the company forward — something that would be a whole lot of fun. I was happy to join the Intouch team in September of 2010.

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Your expertise is a really interesting mix. Technology, entrepreneurship, etc. Where did you first begin merging technology and pharma?

The early years of my career were spent looking at emerging technologies to explore where they might fit into pharma. I started working for Marion Laboratories in 1987, and I left Hoechst Marion Roussel (as it was known by then) in 1996.

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What was the last good book you read?

I just finished the Harry Potter series with my 8-year-old son. It was a yearlong trek of nighttime reading. As you know, some of the books are very big. Overall, though, they were very enjoyable.

On the business side, the latest was The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni. It helps organizations understand what leadership is: trust, communication, and how to foster those in your team.

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What was your very first paying job?

I worked in a warehouse for a wholesaler of marine supplies in downtown Kansas City. I did it all: picking and packing, driving a forklift, receiving. I was 16.

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What was your favorite college course?

Calculus-based physics. I was never so proud of a C in all my life. At the time, it was hell, but I feel as though I learned more about how to learn in that class than any other experience. As my professor was fond of saying, “Physics is everything.”

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If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other than a relative), who would it be?

Dean Kamen, the guy who invented the Segway. He looks at the problems we face in a different way.

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Do you have any hidden talents?

I play in a local rock band, Cage, where I play bass. I also play guitar. I started college as a piano music major (I had played since I was 4) but switched to vocal performance.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

I'd want to see what 2100 looks like. Now is fine, we have a lot to do, and we're making a lot of progress. I can see some cool technology that's breaking. I wouldn't want to go back in time, though.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I'm more of a morning person. I want to get moving.