Your proudest professional moment ... It definitely has to be seeing our Aveir VR system — and more recently and significantly, our Aveir DR system — being used for the first time in humans. With the Aveir DR system, we have accomplished something that no one else has yet implemented in humans — having two independent implanted devices communicating and maintaining real-time synchronization to provide coordinated therapy to a person. And these aren't just research devices. It is a commercially-viable system. It's really amazing to witness the dream become a reality!
When you're not Dr. Fishler, for fun Matthew likes to ... I enjoy day hikes when I can, whether it’s a county or state park along the California coast near where I live, or perhaps a hike up in the Sierras.
Your dreams for the future ... I am living out my dream: To continue to be able to invent and develop cutting-edge technologies that make a meaningful difference in the health of real people. ("Real" because it is sometimes too easy to think about the recipients of our products in an abstract sense.) I never forget that all of these patients are people with families, jobs and dreams of their own.
Best advice you ever heard ... I have received and heard lots of great advice over my career and life. But one line that has really stuck with me is a quote attributed to Gene Kranz, flight director of Apollo 13: "Let's work the problem, people. Let's not make things worse by guessing." I love this quote! I most definitely apply it every day in my work, and it even translates quite well to typical life challenges too.
Thanks for joining us. Any closing thoughts? I am so excited to see where this journey leads. Thanks for the opportunity!