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A Medevac Maverick's Personal Ukraine Mission to Save Lives

Published:November 19, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2022.10.001

      Abstract

      In late March of 2022, a mate of Caleb Carr's reached out to him about the Vita Rescue System (VRS; Vita Inclinata, Broomfield, CA). He e-mailed the following: “I was scrolling LinkedIn, and I saw the VRS right next to a bombing of Kyiv. Can you help?” Carr found out later that the head of Ukraine's emergency service was right next to his friend when he realized the impact that the VRS could have on the country's fight. There wasn't a question in Carr's mind about what he should do once he spoke with the Ukrainian military directly. First, he had to use a hot spot on Google Hangouts (Google, Mountain View, CA) because they had lost all connectivity via normal means. Then, through the spotty connection with them in a bomb shelter, the Ukrainian ministry explained the importance of the system and the impact it could have. It was all he could do not to be distracted by their bravery and the unmistakable face of exhaustion on all of their faces. Within 10 minutes, Vita cofounder Derek Sikora and Carr decided to divert all of the company's resources to ensure that they could deliver the VRS to Ukraine as fast as possible. Within 3 weeks, they were successful.
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      Biography

      Caleb B. Carr, JD, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer for Vita Inclinata Technologies, a Denver, CO-based aerospace and industrial company. Caleb started his career as a volunteer search and rescue tech for Multnomah (Oregon) County Search and Rescue. A mentor and fellow volunteer suffered cardiac arrest while on a night training mission, and this accident became the genesis of Vita Inclinata. Caleb graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a bachelor of science in neuroscience and a bachelor of arts in public policy. He also enrolled in the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor (focused on corporate law and civil litigation.) Currently, Caleb is completing the final course work for his master's in business administration from Penn State University, State College, PA. Caleb continues to serve as a volunteer firefighter, search and rescue technician, and assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. His work at Vita Inclinata Technologies has won recognition such as “Forbes 30 Under 30” for the manufacturing and industry category, Titan 100 CEO winner, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Desert Mountain Region. He has rung the NASDAQ opening bell and has been published in Forbes, CNN, CNBC, Fast Company, NBC News, and many other outlets for his work.