We’re not even halfway through the calendar, and already 2016 has been a historic year for billionaire businessman Elon Musk. When Tesla Motors, the electric vehicle company he founded and leads, unveiled its Model 3 car in March, orders shot to nearly a quarter million within 24 hours. Then, in April, Musk-founded private space flight firm SpaceX, for which he also serves as CEO and chief technology officer, landed a reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a platform at sea. Every small step he takes is a giant leap for mankind.
While Musk has brought his golden touch to everything from automobiles and space travel to batteries and online commerce (he cofounded PayPal), one industry he has steered clear of is healthcare. But with the population aging and medical costs spiraling out of control, healthcare is perhaps the sector in which his brand of disruptive innovation is needed most.