Marc Beer may be doing well for himself now but the 58-year-old businessman and entrepreneur wasn’t always on top of the business world. So how did he rise up the corporate ladder so quickly? He recently gave an interview where he discussed his aspirations for the future and the adversity he has faced over his three-decade career. It started back in the early ’80s when he first matriculated at Miami University and realized his fondness for business which is what he decided to major in. So after receiving his BS degree, he received an offer from a company called Abbott where he worked in their sales training department helping them with their advertising campaigns.
After six years with the company, he left to work for Biostar. Whilst there, he served as a member of the marketing department for two years before accepting a job offer with Genzyme. As their VP of Global Marketing, he helped them with their advertising for
four years before establishing his own company. First founded in May of 2000 and based out of Cambridge, he first went public with Viacell in 2005 and their employment numbers were surprisingly big for a company of its size. After selling the company two years later, he suffered a family tragedy before he could move on to his next entrepreneurial endeavor. His wife contracted a pulmonary embolism at the age of 42 and the treatments weren't enough to save her life.
After the mourning period, he stepped up and became the primary caregiver to his three children. For two years, he would tuck them in at night, ensure they had a packed lunch five days a week and drove them to and from school on a daily basis. After a while, his daughter convinced him he needed to get back into the business world. So in 2016, he partnered with some colleagues in his field to become the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Renovia. Based out of Boston, the primary mission of the company is to develop and perfect various products for patients who are currently suffering from a wide variety of illness and diseases. They are currently attempting to treat a wide variety of pelvic floor disorders which affect over 25% of females throughout the United States.
He has also spoken about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. His advice includes
enjoying the process as a whole, remaining pragmatic in the face of adversity and, above all, maintaining your own philanthropic spirit. The company has thrived in recent years, becoming one of the first to receive FDA approval for one of its products and receiving a substantial grant to continue funding their research and development team.