After growing up in San Francisco, CA, Jon Freise attended Boston College, where he graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and minor in Philosophy. Knowing his ultimate career interest was to become a physician in medicine, he was looking for a one-year opportunity to explore the overlap between medical technologies and the commercialization process as well as develop fundamental business skills. The ESTEEM program offered these unique opportunities in addition to a collaborative work environment that facilitated effective leadership growth.
For his thesis project, Jon worked in parallel with NanoSynth Materials and Sensors, Inc. on the customer validation component and commercialization plan for a novel technology aimed at improving the monitoring of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a chronic eye disease. Through this experience, he learned about many of the barriers and challenges associated with bringing medical devices from a conceptual stage to the marketplace.
Jon matriculated to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine following graduation from ESTEEM. Since beginning medical school, he has already noticed an impact from his time in ESTEEM, where he bolstered his ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems. One great example of how ESTEEM has already made a difference is his involvement in a quality improvement project focused on reducing harm for patients with chronic opiate prescriptions. Down the road, Jon hopes to both practice as a physician and partake in the realm of medical innovation with the ultimate goal of improving patient health and outcomes.