Did you go to college? If so, what did you study?
Yeah; when I was in medical school, one of my nephews kindly reminded me that I was in the “21st grade.” I did my undergraduate work in psychology and biology, and then I worked full time and went to school full-time to do Masters of Public Health in health policy and management. It was during that time I really got into research—the idea of leveraging science to help people at scale was really appealing to me. I then went to medical school, and during that time and afterwards was a dermatology researcher.
Give us the Spark Notes version of your career prior to becoming a founder.
Before I was a founder I was in the academic world as a researcher, so the majority of my career has been in translational science–taking ideas into the lab and eventually to the clinic. Sundaily is the first time I’ve worked in the consumer space, but is very aligned in principle with my past, as we really aim to put the evidence at the core of the products we create.
Where did you first get the idea for Sundaily?
The idea originated from seeing how much science had been done around botanical ingredients and skincare benefits. It struck me that there were consumer products on the market for “ingestible beauty” but largely the ingredients did not map to the evidence. These were also mainly pills and powders, which are really hard for people to take everyday. So it became my goal to bring evidence-based ingredients for skin to consumers as an additive tool to the topical toolkit.
I’m a lab-person by training and at heart, so it was really in meeting my awesome Sundaily co-founder and company CEO Chris, who has deep expertise in building consumer businesses and the insight that “gummy” was the way to go, that we started Sundaily.