General Counsel, VP HR, and Compliance Officer
Prior to becoming the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Beta Bionics, Serafina Raskin was a partner with Kassinove & Raskin LLP where she lead a team of attorneys in serving hospital systems, physicians’ groups, long-term care organizations and other healthcare providers and payers. She worked with clients on regulatory and compliance matters, medical staff and licensing issues, contract negotiations, litigation and general corporate law. She brings extensive experience in the management of legal affairs and compliance in the health-care field to Beta Bionics. Serafina is admitted to practice law in California and is registered as an in-house attorney with the Massachusetts Bar Association. Her son was diagnosed with T1D in 2013 and is the impetus for her work at Beta Bionics and community service for T1D organizations like the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Her husband, Ed Raskin was recently also diagnosed with T1D. Serafina holds a JD degree from the University of California, Hastings, and a BA degree in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.
What drew you to work in the diabetes industry?
I did not want my son’s T1D diagnosis to crumble him—even though I personally felt crumbled by the diagnosis. Shortly after my son’s diagnosis, I picked up a book called “Raising Resilient Children”. In the first few pages of the book, the authors suggested that one of the ways that parents could help raise resilient kids was by modeling resilient behavior themselves. I set the book down (to this day without having finished it -- I’m a bit busy!) and decided to heed the advice. Although modeling resilient behavior may look different for each parent, for me modeling resilient behavior meant learning as much as I could about T1D management and then applying my legal skills to advance the cause. My work in the T1D space grew directly from my role as a volunteer.
Why did you choose to work at Beta Bionics?
What is the most rewarding part about working at Beta Bionics?
Every day my son sees and hears his Mom working on something that he knows will one day help his T1D diagnosis fade farther and farther into the background of his life, allowing him to live his life uninterrupted by the burdens of managing T1D. His pride in the work we are doing is incredibly motivating. I am also energized and motivated by the challenges and camaraderie involved in working for a healthcare start-up attempting to disrupt the approach to the management of T1D from industry “outsiders”. The most successful, disruptive companies in the world have been built from a group of capable industry outsiders, brought together to tackle a problem and I am confident that Beta Bionics will follow in those footsteps.