Over the past two decades, serial entrepreneur Ara Chackerian has founded multiple companies in the healthcare industry. He invests through ASC Capital Holdings, LLC, a venture capital firm that he founded in San Francisco. His latest company is TMS Health Solutions which offers an alternative treatment for people who have a major depressive disorder. This company provides treatment to people who have been medically treated for depression and found it didn’t work for them.
Other companies he has founded include PipelineRx, Embion/Provider Links and BMC Diagnostics. He has served on the board of directors for these companies as well as other early-stage healthcare firms like Mint Medical Education. An environmentalist, Ara Chackerian also owns a sustainable teak plantation in Nicaragua. In addition to reforesting land that had been cleared to raise animals, this plantation provides good jobs for the people who live in villages near it.
Ara Chackerian says that massive reforestation on a global scale could address global warming concerns. Global warming is partially caused by increasing levels of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere. This has led to more frequent and intense natural disasters around the world such as massive forest fires, droughts, and hurricanes. Some coastal cities are being regularly flooded due to higher sea levels. He says this is all creating severe humanitarian crisis the world over.
Plants and trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and emit oxygen. Ara Chackerian says that just one tree can absorb 48 lbs of CO2 annually. It will emit enough oxygen for four people. Atmospheric CO2 levels could be reduced if enough trees are planted. Reforestation has other benefits, he points out. Forests provide biodiversity for instance. Planting trees can also help agriculture which would reduce poverty around the world as well as food insecurity. They are also one of the world’s biggest sources of fresh water.