Rafael Perez Reveals Puerto Rico’s Fertile Innovation Environment to Investors and Partners

In Economic Development, Investor Interviews, Publisher Channel by Blessing Enofe

Rafael Perez heads US business development for Invest Puerto Rico‘s East Coast efforts. He knows well the soft-landing environment that embraces innovation in Puerto Rico. And offers it up like a beautiful brochure that begs you to book an immediate flight.

Rafael shared with Frontrunners Development President, Mary Kurek, and her co-host, Entrepreneur and Investor, Atif Zafar. He shared the details of a comprehensive economic development program that seems to have every “t” crossed.

The unique position of Puerto Rico as a US territory that, in some respects, feels and acts like its own country makes it especially appealing where business and trade are concerned. Taxes and other constraints can be quite minimal and with other benefits, have attracted many medical device and pharmaceutical companies as well as created a niche spot for chip manufacturing.

Rafael shared details in this interview that turned out to be unexpectedly interesting and very attractive from a business perspective.

Meet Rafael Perez with Co-Host Atif Zafar

Rafael Perez’s Bio

Rafael Perez’s Contact:

Rafael’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rperez1

Organization’s website: https://www.investpr.org/

Special Thanks to Our Co-host: Dr Atif Zafar

Atif Zafar on LinkedIn

Atif Zafar, Healthcare IT, AI, Informatics

Dr. Atif Zafar is a board-certified internist currently in practice as a hospitalist with Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN. He has over 20 years of experience working with health information technology. Dr. Atif Zafar has specific post-doctoral training in Medical Informatics from Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute for Healthcare. He is a world-leading authority on healthcare IT and medical informatics. He has served on numerous national panels and grants review study sections at the NIH and at AHRQ related to healthcare IT. Dr. Atif Zafar is on the review committees of several major scientific journals including the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Journal of the American Association of Family Practice, and Medical Care, and the Journal of the Society for General Internal Medicine.

More specifically, Zafar has been involved with numerous national and international projects related to healthcare IT. He served as a founding member of the AHRQ National Health IT Resource Center (HITRC) which was central to President Bush’s initiative to spearhead the adoption of electronic health records nationwide and was one of the principal thought leaders and information architects for the National Healthcare IT Resource Center website. Dr. Atif Zafar served on the Consumer Task Force of the Nationwide Health Information Network initiative (NHIN) which aims to connect local RHIOs (Regional Health Information Organizations) to a nationwide network. He also was one of the principal study section members that reviewed $120 million in funding to support NIH grants related to healthcare IT that was supported by President Bush’s healthcare IT initiative. Locally, he served on Indiana University’s Institutional Review Board for over 10 years.

More about Dr. Atif Zafar

He has also directly or indirectly been involved (either as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator) in over $25 million in grant-funded healthcare IT projects while at the Regenstrief Institute. Dr. Atif Zafar has taught fellows, residents, and medical students about healthcare IT while an Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 research papers and more recently a book chapter on healthcare IT.

Zafar is a self-taught engineer and entrepreneur, who has multiple disruptive projects ongoing. His first venture was as co-founder of Meridian Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. an early-stage startup company seeking to change the paradigm for the treatment of cardiovascular disease using novel catheter-based technologies. He subsequently co-founded bRANE Technologies, a high-tech startup doing work to combine mobile technology with high-performance computing at the edge and in embedded spaces. Pixilica is an early-stage company building tiny machines, performing 40 billion operations a second while dissipating only 2 watts of power.

Over his career, he has raised $30 million in funding through both grants and direct investments.