For decades we’ve heard that diabetes prevention is simple—lose weight, eat less, and exercise more. But something is wrong with this conventional wisdom.

Nearly 115 million people live with either diabetes or prediabetes in the United States, and that number is growing. It is time to reverse this trend.

Virta was founded in 2014 with the goal of reversing type 2 diabetes in 100 million people by 2025. Our mission is inspired by our founding story, and continues to guide us today.

2011

A Personal Beginning

Virta co-founder and CEO Sami Inkinen wins his age group at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and finds out he has pre-diabetes that same year.

Unsatisfied with the conventional wisdom of “exercise more and eat less,” Sami digs into the science of type 2 diabetes, leading him to Drs. Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek, renowned experts on the science of carbohydrate restriction and metabolic health.

2014

Virta is Born

With consultation from Steve and Jeff on using nutritional ketosis for athletic performance, Sami and his wife Meredith complete a record-breaking row from San Francisco to Hawaii to bring awareness to nutrition’s impact on our health.

Sami, Steve, and Jeff join forces, combining Steve and Jeff’s scientific knowledge with Sami’s technology expertise and Virta Health is born. Our mission—to reverse type 2 diabetes in 100M people by 2025.

2015

A Commitment to Science and Evidence

Virta’s clinical trial is kicked-off in West Lafayette, Indiana, establishing the scientific foundation for type 2 diabetes reversal and Virta’s unwavering commitment to being evidence-based.

Virta later launches publicly to coincide with the release of our first peer-reviewed manuscript, which demonstrated diabetes reversal in nearly half of our population in as little as 10-weeks. 87% of patients on insulin either reduced usage or eliminated it altogether.

2017

Team Building and Care Model Innovation

Virta establishes an advisory board of eminent physicians, scientists, and policy makers. Dr. Don Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, joins Virta’s Board of Directors.

Meanwhile, we refine our continuous remote care model, upending traditional diabetes treatment by providing near real-time and technology-enabled access to physicians and health coaches. The Virta Treatment is expanded to every state in the nation.

2018

Sustainable Type 2 Reversal and Cardiovascular Benefits

Virta’s 1-year peer-reviewed results show diabetes reversal in 60% of completing patients, with 94% of participants reducing or eliminating insulin usage.

We release another peer-reviewed paper on the cardiovascular benefits of the Virta Treatment, which showed significant improvement in 22 of 26 markers of cardiovascular disease risk in patients with T2D.

Performance-based Fees and Growth

On the heels of a $45M Series B funding, doubling our team size, and 3x growth in customers, Virta announces that we’ll put 100% of our fees at risk for our enterprise partners, accelerating adoption of the Virta Treatment and bringing diabetes reversal to as many people as possible.

One Year Clinical Outcomes

60%
Participants achieving diabetes reversal
94%
Participants reducing or eliminating insulin usage
12%
Average weight loss (30 lbs) among participants
Data represents participants enrolled at one year
2025

Virta revolutionizes healthcare by proving chronic disease is reversible in hundreds of millions of people

So much of our story is still untold, and we’re looking forward to the journey on our way to reversing type 2 diabetes in 100 million people by 2025.

Leadership

Sami Inkinen, MS, MBA
CEO, Founder
Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer, Founder
Jeff Volek, PhD, RD
Chief Science Officer, Founder
Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS
Medical Director
David Hatch, MA
VP, User Experience Design
Daniel Loreto, MEng
VP, Engineering
Divya Bhat, MS
VP, Product
Meredith Loring, MBA
VP, Marketing
Lucia Guillory, PhD
VP, People & Places
Derek Newell, MBA, MPH
SVP, Commercial
Amit Shah, MBA
VP, Operations

Our Investors

Advisors

Robert E. Ratner, MD, FACP, FACE

Former Chief Scientific & Medical Officer for the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® from 2012-2017.

Alan Moses, MD

Former Global Chief Medical Officer, Novo Nordisk, and Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center with specific responsibility for the Joslin Clinic.

Steve Martin

CEO Emeritus, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. Managing Partner and co-founder of Paxton Advisors.

Martin Abrahamson, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director, Division of CME, Beth Israel Medical Center, Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. Former SVP and Chief Medical Officer of Joslin Diabetes Center.

Francine R. Kaufman, MD

Chief Medical Officer of Senseonics, Inc.; former Chief Medical Officer and VP of Global Clinical, Regulatory and Medical Affairs at Medtronic Diabetes; Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics at USC; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; former President of the American Diabetes Association

John Cannon

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Health Care Service Corporation, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which provides health insurance and associated benefits to over 14 million people in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, and New Mexico.

Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA

Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.

Peter Andruszkiewicz

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the state’s largest health insurer with more than 600,000 members. Former President of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia.

Shawn Leavitt

SVP of Total Rewards for Comcast, one of the world’s largest media and technology companies, including Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal and Spectacor. In this role, Shawn and his team are responsible for improving the wellbeing of the company’s 150,000 employees by enhancing their total reward experience and delivering customized products to drive better outcomes.

Hassan Azar

Former Senior Vice President of Total Rewards at US Foods. Former leader of health and wellness benefits functions at Mondelez International, Kraft Foods, Delphi Automotive and The Ford Motor Company.

Ronald M. Krauss, MD

Senior Scientist and Director of Atherosclerosis Research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and Adjunct Professor of Nutritional Sciences at UC Berkeley.

Board of Directors & Observers

In addition to Sami Inkinen and Stephen Phinney, we have the support of several other exceptional board participants.
Bob Kocher, MD
Director

Partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Senior Fellow and Advisory Board Member at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC, and Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform.

Bryan Roberts, PhD
Observer

Joined Venrock as a Kauffman Fellow in 1997. He is based in Palo Alto and invests broadly across the healthcare industry. Bryan received his Ph.D. in Chemistry & Chemical Biology from Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP
Director

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization that Dr. Berwick co-founded and led as President and CEO for 18 years. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care quality and improvement. In July, 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which he held until December, 2011.

We can solve our most pressing health epidemic, but we need your help.

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