For Love & Money

EP 21: Dr Kyle Turner on using business to improve oral health around the globe

August 15, 2022

Dr Kyle Turner is our guest on this episode of the FOR LOVE & MONEY PODCAST. Kyle, a Wiradjuri man (he/him) from central New South Wales, is the CEO and Founder of Pearlii, a for-profit social enterprise using artificial intelligence to bring free dental check-ups and free oral health education to the world.  

 

Dr Turner holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Oxford and he has published widely on the burden of chronic diseases, with a heavy focus on prevention, together with a passion for improving health outcomes for First Nation Peoples.

 

Pearlii is an investor-backed, social enterprise which started in 2019. It’s such an interesting business model, designed to both prevent and treat oral health; an area of need that has such wide-ranging health impacts. I particularly love the way they’re leveraging technology to drive accessibility.

 

In our interview, Kyle shares his journey with Pearlii and his vision for the future. Some of the highlights of our conversation include:

 

  • Kyle’s journey from epidemiologist to social enterprise techpreneur
  • How growing up with bad teeth made him painfully aware of the impact that can have on someone’s confidence 
  • We talk about the problem of poor oral hygiene and the impact that it has on general physical health, as well as mental health
  • How he found investors who were attracted to Pearlii’s mission and learned to perfect his “pitch” in the process
  • Kyle shares the 2 parts to the business model: prevention and treatment and how Pearlii targets both of these (Pearlii’s is a really interesting model tackling a problem that has wide-ranging impacts)
  • The business that inspires him the most 
  • His vision for the future and how it includes non-Dental practitioners helping with oral health
  • Kyle shares some savvy advice for other social entrepreneurs starting their journey

Connect with Kyle

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-turner1111/

Website https://www.pearlii.com

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