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Tara Viswanathan: Democratizing root cause medicine

Tara Viswanathan is the co-founder and CEO of Rupa Health, a health startup focused on expanding access to root cause medicine and modernizing the process of ordering specialty lab tests.

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Tara Viswanathan is the CEO and co-founder of Rupa Health, a health startup modernizing the process of ordering specialty labs. Rupa Health’s primary mission is to bring root cause medicine to every person on the planet.

In our conversation with Tara we talked about:

  • What is root cause medicine
  • Rupa Health’s mission
  • Predicament of taking a lot of prescription drugs
  • Evolution of healthcare and pharmaceutical industry
  • Chronic illnesses as the biggest threat to human life
  • Connection between mental and physical health
  • Americans’ nutrition and dietary habits
  • Gut biome issues and treatment
  • Tara’s personal story behind the decision to start Rupa Health
  • Finding her first co-founder thanks to a joke
  • Early days of Rupa Health, finding product-market fit
  • Equity and role distribution between co-founders
  • What is next for Rupa Health
  • Advice for first-time founders


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