Friess, Mark


Mr. Friess is CEO of WELVU, an enterprise patient engagement platform bringing data-driven, mobile patient engagement solutions to clinics, hospitals, and health systems as those organizations seek to empower patients with actionable health information that leads to higher satisfaction, lower costs, and improved outcomes. He also currently acts as an Executive-in-Residence for OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development, supporting the needs of principal investigators, clinicians, and scientists at Oregon Health and Science University seeking to commercialize their innovative research and inventions.

Prior to his current roles, Mr. Friess worked as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development for Krames StayWell, following three years as President of Krames Video Solutions. Prior to joining Krames, Mr. Friess served as CEO and Chairman of wired.MD, a market-leading video patient engagement company he co-founded in 2000, which Krames acquired in 2008.

Mr. Friess has also served in leadership or founding roles at StarveUps, a non-profit peer mentoring organization for entrepreneurs, and Cancer Awareness Group, a non-profit dedicated to cancer screening education. He has participated in medical informatics and biotechnology research at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Baxter Healthcare, and Abbott Labs. Mr. Friess studied two years of medicine at the OHSU School of Medicine, before his patient education research became the genesis of wired.MD. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a minor in Management from Brigham Young University.


“While my personal career focus has been in Health IT and Digital Health, I have mentored companies across a broad range of disciplines, markets, and status of company life cycle. If I can add value to your efforts I am eager to support your entrepreneurship and innovation across all areas of medicine, healthcare, and biotechnology.