All About You: Lem Sanders

Louisiana native Lem Sanders is back in state after a 10 year stint in NYC. He moved back to New Orleans to see what the rebirth of the city is all about and to connect with family and old friends. As a technology and web enthusiast, he is interested in connecting local entrepreneurs with innovation teams within the life sciences space. Lem believes New Orleans can be a great production ground and soon a natural accelerator for developing, testing, and commercializing digital healthcare tools.

In New York, Lem worked in the technology research space across business development and product marketing roles for two niche startup companies focusing on emerging technology research. For over eight years, he has been the Director of Business Development for Manhattan Research. Through the company’s growth and hard working employees, they have built a best-in-class suite of research studies around technology devices and digital media behavior. The content is followed by almost every top pharmaceutical company and medical publisher like WebMD.

Keep up with Lem on Twitter @LemSanders. Here’s how he answered our All About You questions:

What is the most exciting thing you are working on right now?

We are surveying 5000 physicians across the globe on their use of mobile technology and digital media. Specifically we’re studying how it impacts their practice behavior and communication with patients, peers and pharmaceutical companies.

If you wrote a regular column for Silicon Bayou News what would it be about and what would you name it?

“Digital Health and Patient Technology Uptake.” Hmmmm… Perhaps “”Health2nOla.”

If you recently moved here, what brought you here? 

Just moved back here after 10 years in New York where I still work for a healthcare technology research company. This is home and it’s great to be back.

If you could win any award in the world, which would you be most proud to possess?

The Cy Young Award.

If you were stuck on an elevator for two hours, what one person (dead or alive) would you choose to be stuck with?

Harry Houdini?

IYO, which institution is most due for disruption?


If you had to pick a drink to describe yourself (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) what would it be?

A Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer (Roll Tide). Not sure what’s in them but they go down so smooth.

Tell us about your biggest failure. 

I’m not sure where to start on this one. For the sake of this form I’ll admit that not being here when the tech and startup movement started was a pretty big missed opportunity. Hope to make up for that soon.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon? 

If I’m not in Orange Beach it’s riding my bike from Uptown to City Park and back to finish with a cold beer at Tracey’s. Just purchased my Saints season tix too.

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Shake Shack Cheeseburgers (Madison Square Park).

If you could live in any other time period, which would you choose?

Right now it’s the 1920s but this changes from time to time.

What are you most excited about happening on the Silicon Bayou that you aren’t directly involved in?

Everything. I just got here and have been traveling most of the time but can’t wait to see what happens in the digital health space.

The standard superpower dichotomy: 

To speak every language known to man