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Lisa Anderson on Paragonix Technologies’ Revolutionary Organ Transplant Preservation and Transport Device

February 21, 2023


Growing up in Austria as the daughter of two physicians, Lisa Anderson, co-founder and CEO of Paragonix Technologies, spent many evenings around the dinner table discussing patient care with her parents. After pursuing advanced studies in biomedical sciences and medical genetics, Anderson ventured back into patient care and launched a donor organ preservation and transport company to dramatically improve the standard of care for many donor recipients.

In this episode, Anderson speaks with host Geoff Pardo about the current issues in organ transport and how their first device—the Paragonix SherpaPak Cardiac Transport System—significantly decreases the number of adverse events less than 24 hours after heart transplant surgery. She also talks about the company's transition to a service-based business with the development of the Paragonix app, their expansion into transporting lungs, livers, and kidneys, and the strategies used to develop a straightforward and high-performing device. She says, "We wanted to provide a simple device that provides superior clinical outcomes, is easy to use, and has an intuitive user profile when [organ recoveries] occur. We provide [surgical teams] with superior organ preservation." 


Lisa M. Anderson, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and CEO

Paragonix Technologies

Dr. Lisa Anderson is the chief executive officer, president, and co-founder of Paragonix Technologies. She co-founded Paragonix to create a new standard of care for organ preservation and transport that would improve patient outcomes worldwide. This initiative has developed novel medical devices that provide a sterile, temperature, and pressure-controlled environment for organs traveling between operating rooms. Paragonix Technologies has established itself as a global leader in donor organ preservation and transport and is now used at transplant centers worldwide. Before Paragonix, Dr. Anderson held the position of vice president at Seed-One Ventures and was an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Anderson earned her Ph.D. from Gonsville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge. Additionally, Dr. Anderson completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research at the University of Cambridge and Harvard Medical School.

Meet Our Host, Geoff Pardo

Geoff has been in medtech for over two decades in both operational and investment roles. He is passionate about the industry potential and sharing stories from the front lines of innovation.