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When She Founded with Somer Hamrick, CEO & Founder of Channel Clinical is an insider view on what it really takes to start and scale a company in STEM. Each episode takes a deeper look into one such business venture and the woman who started it. Industry mavens describe their personal path to entrepreneurship through one-on-one conversations with a host who has been figuring it out herself. Somer Hamrick launched her own company in early 2019. With 20 years’ experience in business development and half that specifically in global health and clinical research, Somer found herself having to reach outside the life science community for support and mentorship. She created When She Founded as a platform to share what she has learned and is still learning, on her journey. This podcast demystifies some of the steps for female founders in industries where representation is lacking.

Feb 27, 2020

Teresa Purzner is a neurosurgeon, developmental neurobiologist, and the founder and CSO of Cerebelly, a company dedicated to providing organic, farm-fresh baby food to nurture and promote infant brain development. As a mother of three and a doctor in Developmental Neurobiology, Teresa knows the importance of providing our children with the nutritious food they need for their developing brains and growing bodies. After the birth of her first child and feeling disappointed in the baby foods that were on the store shelves, Teresa and her brother Nick decided to team up with world-class experts in pediatrics, nutrition, and food science to create farm-fresh, organic baby food that truly promotes healthy brain development.

Teresa joins me today to share what inspired her to start Cerebelly and discuss the connection between the foods we feed our children and healthy brain development. She shares how she founded her company, the steps she took to learn about starting a business, and the importance of taking baby steps to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We also discuss the biggest challenge she has faced while building the Cerebelly brand, how she overcame that challenge, and how she balances building a business, working in the OR, and raising three young children.


“It seems like an impossible task to create a company when you have absolutely no background in business, but just tackle one problem at a time. There is no ‘one problem’ that is insurmountable.” - Teresa Purzner

Today on When She Founded:

  • How her fascination with the brain and neurobiology began and what led her to start Cerebelly
  • The science behind the connection between nutrition and healthy infant brain development
  • How she turned her idea for the Cerebelly baby food products into a reality
  • The steps she took to learn about starting a business
  • The importance of taking baby steps to overcome challenges and obstacles
  • The biggest problem Teresa has faced in her business and how she overcame it
  • How she balances her career with raising three children
  • The driving force behind Cerebelly
  • Teresa’s advice to female founders



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