Last year, veterinary student Ben Lewis teamed up with his wife to found The One Health Company, a Philadelphia-based contract research organization (CRO) that he believes is unlike any of its competitors. That’s because rather than using lab rats and other animals that pharma companies typically employ for preclinical studies, One Health recruits pet dogs for trials of experimental treatments being developed for people.
Lewis, who earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and is now completing his veterinary degree at Penn, always dreamed of working in aquatic veterinary medicine. But instead he started One Health because he wanted to help solve a problem in pharmaceutical development: Millions of lab animals are used every year to test drugs that often end up not working very well in people.
Read an interview with Lewis here.