An Unlikely Intervention book cover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7321225-0-5
  • Pages: 240
  • Size: 6 x 9
  • Price: $29 / CAD - $24 / USD
  • Category: Business, Memoir


“You can’t help but be inspired by the pure spirit of entrepreneurship in Washing’s account of a business founded on the belief that it should be a force for good.”

- Tim Brown, President and COO of Chobani LLC -

“Spellbinding. This fascinating tale follows a small team of entrepreneurs whose invention solves one of the world’s most monumental health issues.”

- Brad Feld, Foundry Group partner -

“This book has changed my life. It shines a light on people who want to build great companies while making the world a better place.”

- Anthony Zolezzi, serial entrepreneur -

An Unlikely Intervention

A Startup Company’s Quest to Conquer the World’s Second Leading Killer of Children

by Tom Washing

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The mere mention of this affliction sparks reaction ranging from disgust to annoyance. For many of us diarrhea is a simple nuisance. However, in much of the developing world, the disease’s impact is devastating. Diarrhea is one of the world’s most common illnesses, and the second leading cause of death globally among children ages five and under. Only pneumonia kills more.

An Unlikely Intervention is the extraordinary story of the first breakthrough in the treatment of diarrhea in forty years: an inexpensive, food-based product that rapidly halts acute, often fatal, episodes of infectious diarrhea. The journey to market for this solution, developed by the company PanTheryx, was not without obstacles. Doctors were skeptical and regulators in countries where it was most needed were hesitant to approve it.

Thomas Washing was inspired by the company’s mission to save children from the irreparable health effects of diarrhea. PanTheryx was the most audacious startup company he had encountered in his many years as a venture capitalist. So, in late 2010, Washing spearheaded an angel investment round and joined the company’s board of directors. As Washing began to grasp the magnitude of PanTheryx’s astonishing invention he was inspired to write this book.

In An Unlikely Intervention, Washing chronicles the story of how a group of tenacious and dedicated entrepreneurs created an innovative remedy to improve the lives of millions. Their quest serves as a potent reminder that we can serve the world in the most humane and hopeful way when we build businesses that do well by doing good.

About this author:

Tom Washing

Tom Washing has been active in the venture capital industry for over 30 years. He is a founding partner of Sequel Venture Partners, a Colorado-based venture capital firm investing in emerging growth technology companies. He has served on dozens of corporate and nonprofit boards of directors, including as founding Chairman of the University of Colorado Center for Entrepreneurship, President and Chairman of the Colorado Venture Capital Association, and Chairman of the Board of the University of Michigan Technology Transfer Advisory Board. Washing was named Master Entrepreneur of the Year by the Colorado Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Committee. keep reading »