Be aware of the newest ideas and performance of daily tasks without delay.
Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski has dedicated his life to his work in the medical field and his research to further advance the field of medicine. He opened the Burzynski Clinic in 1977 in Houston, Texas to offer advanced cancer patients the treatment and care that they need.
Outside of his clinical work, a large portion of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski’s career has been in the field of academia, both as an educator and as a researcher. Throughout his career, Stanislaw Burzynski has been a visiting professor of neuro-oncology at Capital University in Beijing as well as Beijing Tiantan Hospital, and he’s been a visiting professor at Linyi People’s Hospital in China. Additionally, he has been published countless times, contributing content to research papers as well as book chapters on cancer treatment and the science of aging throughout his career.
Dr. Burzynski looks to influence health care and the field of medicine on a global scale, which is why he has served as Chairman of Scientific Sessions for nearly a dozen international meetings. Beginning in Sydney, Australia in 1987 for the 10th International Congress of Pharmacology, he’s since traveled to Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, and most recently, Barcelona, Spain where he served as Co-Chairman for BIT’s 8th Annual World Congress of NeuroTalk in 2017.
The Burzynski Clinic’s Mission? Beat cancer.
At the Burzynski Clinic, they abide by the words of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine: First, do no harm. In any form of treatment, there can be a number of adverse side effects that can result in damage to a patient’s body; since every person is different, they personalize their approach to cancer treatment to try and limit the side effects and maximize the effectiveness for each patient. These personalized approaches to treatment are developed alongside an understanding of each patient’s unique genetic makeup.
Since first established, the Burzynski Clinic has treated more than 10,000 patients; 2,300 of these patients were treated in an FDA reviewed and IRB (Institutional Review Board) approved clinical trials program studying Antineoplastons.
Where did the idea for your company come from?
Our body has a natural anti-cancer system consisting of peptide molecular switches; antineoplastons turns on tumor suppressor genes and turns off oncogenes.
Malfunction of this system leads to the formation of the network of mutated genes that create cancer. Reconstruction of the system, by treating patients with antineoplastons, can destroy the network of mutated genes and cure cancer.
The idea came from my original laboratory research leading to the discovery of antineoplastons and pharmaceutical development, culminating with numerous cancer cures and FDA’s registration of one of the formulations as a prescription drug and two other formulations as Phase 3 investigational agents.
My companies are Burzynski Clinic and Burzynski Research Institute, Inc.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
1.) Daily Schedule
Meeting with medical doctors and assistants to discuss last night’s emergencies and patients coming to the clinic.
Meeting with business manager to discuss the most important financial obligations and financial planning.
Conference with pharmaceutical manufacturing team and discussion of manufacturing schedule and FDA’s compliance.
Consultations and follow-up visits of patients.
Tumor board meeting and discussion of treatment plans.
Teleconferences with patients, doctors and business people.
Meeting with the research team to discuss current research and publications.
Meeting with medical documentation team.
Meeting with FDA regulatory team.
Answering letters and emails.
Preparing, reading, correcting and signing numerous documents.
Writing reports, articles and patents.
Preparation of presentations at scientific conferences.
Meetings with doctors and business people.
Reading new scientific articles and books.
Review of radiology imaging and laboratory reports.
Review and update of medical records.
Review of prospective patients records.
Responding to medical emergencies (24 hrs/day).
2.) Assurance of Productivity
Precise planning of daily activities.
Monitoring adherence to daily schedule.
Distribution of the tasks to reliable personnel.
Control of performance.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Come-up with the idea.
Literature search to confirm that the idea is original.
Preparation of laboratory research plan.
Determination of the likelihood of the success, the costs and benefits.
Preparation of pharmaceutical development plan.
Preparation of business plan for investors.
Generation of funding for FDA’s submission and proceeding with the development plan.
Organization of clinical trials.
Performance of clinical trials.
NDA submission to FDA.
Organization of distribution and marketing.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The transition from standard of care treatment, which is the same for all patients, to personalized and precision medicine.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Being aware of the newest ideas and performance of daily tasks without delay.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Work with the investors rather than generating research and development funds on my own.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
When the new idea is introduced it is initially fiercely fought by the peers. At this time less than 5% of peers agree with me.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I try to continuously monitor the outcome of our activity and adjust rapidly to the changing world.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
The strategy which has helped is to make inventions and bring them rapidly to practical use to benefit people.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Failures were the result of the attacks by competitors. Building an alliance with some of them will overcome this.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Donation to a charitable organization to help poor children. Children are the future of the world.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Software and web applications are handled by professionals in my company, but a few of them are various Microsoft products, Adobe, Skype and NextGen.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” by Thomas S. Kuhn. The book describes what happens when discovery is made.
What is your favorite quote?
Our family motto: “Fortuna favet fortibus,” which means “Fortune favors the brave.”
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.