Our mission

SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine) is a social enterprise committed to expanding healthcare access for those in need.

Our story

One in four Americans don’t refill the prescriptions they need to stay healthy due to cost. At the same time, up to $11 billion in unopened, unexpired medicine goes to waste every year. This is a huge injustice.

Incubated at Stanford University, SIRUM leverages the power of technology to save medicine to save lives. As the nation’s largest redistributor of surplus medicine, we help organizations like health facilities and pharmacies to donate their unused medicine and get it to where it’s needed most, via a network of community partners who dispense to patients.

Our model

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Individuals and organizations donate their surplus medicine instead of destroying it.

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SIRUM matches donated medicine to community partners who need it.

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Community partners provide donated medicine to patients who otherwise wouldn’t have access.

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Individuals and organizations donate their surplus medicine instead of destroying it.

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SIRUM matches donated medicine to community partners who need it.

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Community partners provide donated medicine to patients who otherwise wouldn’t have access.

Our impact

We’ve already helped 150,000+ uninsured and underinsured patients get access to life-saving medicine – and we’re just getting started. Our vision is to get nearly $1 billion of medicine to 1 million patients over the next five years.

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Meet the team behind SIRUM

Adam Kircher
Co-Founder
Adam is co-founder of SIRUM, where he is a full-stack software engineer and chief architect of SIRUM’s technology.

Adam originally founded SIRUM as a student project and left a full-tuition scholarship at Harvard Business School to work on SIRUM full- time. He brings deep experience to SIRUM as an industrial engineer and former management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he helped strategically scale companies across various healthcare verticals. He worked with several pharmaceutical companies, including working directly with the CEO on the strategy and launch of a multi-billion dollar biologics manufacturer.

Adam received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi and his boat placed 5th in the Nation on the Varsity Crew team, the best in Stanford’s history.
George Wang
Co-Founder
George is co-founder of SIRUM, where he leads SIRUM’s work to save medicine.

While at SIRUM, George has forged strong medicine donor partnerships including with major manufacturer, pharmacy, and nursing home corporations. George has provided input on a dozen state medicine donation laws and policies, helped get the US Environmental Protection Agency to encourage facilities to work with SIRUM, and works as a liaison to the National Conference of State Legislatures to provide updates on drug donation programs.

Prior to co-founding SIRUM, George worked in academic research and experimental design, during which time he co-authored nine peer-reviewed publications and discovered and named a gene for neural plasticity (GRLD-1). He graduated with a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Biology and Phi Beta Kappa from The Ohio State University.

Kiah Williams
Co-Founder
Kiah is co-founder of SIRUM, where she leads SIRUM’s work to save lives. 

Prior to co-founding SIRUM, Kiah previously led negotiations for the Clinton Foundation and American Heart Association to create the Alliance Healthcare Initiative. This public-private partnership between Fortune 500 companies expanded healthcare benefits for 2 million children through 50,000 healthcare providers and empowered families to partner with care providers to treat and prevent childhood obesity, an emerging public health issue. She brings deep experience in effective public-private partnerships, program evaluation, and community building from her time organizing at the NAACP. Kiah has been recognized for her work at SIRUM as a Forbes 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneur, America’s 50 Most Influential Women by Marie Claire, and Silicon Valley Business Journal 40-Under-40.

Kiah earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University, where she was also the president of the student NAACP chapter. Kiah proudly hails from West Philadelphia and is passionate about health equity in underserved communities. 
Ben Brown
Engineering
Ben develops technology for SIRUM and its charitable partners.

Ben joined SIRUM because he wanted to work somewhere that makes a difference in the world. The work that SIRUM is doing is especially exciting for Ben since he is from Georgia and his day-to-day work with SIRUM’s partners directly impacts his hometown communities. Prior to joining SIRUM, Ben spent over a decade working in various industries including marketing and advertising.

In his spare time, Ben enjoys doing pretty much anything and everything as he loves being a jack of all trades. Ben wants to spend his life not trying to be the best at any one thing, but being pretty good at everything he can.

Maddie Caspari
Strategic Partnerships
Maddie supports strategic projects across SIRUM’s teams and charitable partners.

Maddie is proud to be part of projects to design and build technology that’s never been created before. Maddie feels that working at SIRUM gives her a clear avenue for how to make direct positive change in the lives of many people struggling due to high medicine costs. In the near future, Maddie plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Maddie earned a degree in psychology from Brown University and completed Bryn Mawr College’s post baccalaureate pre-med program following her undergraduate career. In her spare time, Maddie is a swing dance instructor. She has competed in a number of swing dance competitions and was the president of Brown University's Swing Dancing Club for two years. Maddie was born and raised in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Jen Chin
Impact
Jen manages relationships and communications to elevate SIRUM’s impact.

Jen believes that healthcare inequity is one of our country’s most pressing issues, and was excited to join SIRUM because of its unique approach to tackling medication access. Jen has over a decade of experience in marketing, fundraising, and strategy for social impact. She has supported community programs for Fortune 500 companies and led marketing & communications for national nonprofits, most recently in education.

Jen graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English & Communication. Originally from Seattle, she loves traveling, getting outdoors, and exploring the great eats in the Bay Area.
Sarah Cremer
Impact
Sarah manages partnerships and content focused on SIRUM’s impact.

Sarah joined SIRUM because she wanted to make an immediate impact on the ground, while also playing the long game to change the healthcare system. Prior to SIRUM, Sarah worked as a public defense social worker, in reproductive justice advocacy, and in public health research. Sarah is passionate about supporting creative interventions that further social justice and health equity.

Sarah grew up in a small town in Michigan and is a proud University of Michigan alum (Go Blue!). After moving to NYC, Sarah earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. In her spare time, Sarah loves running, spending time with her people, and exploring new places. One of her favorite things to do is to go on a “mega walk” around her home borough, Brooklyn.


Luke Dension
Partnerships
Luke manages partnerships with healthcare organizations to expand SIRUM’s patient reach.

Luke joined SIRUM after working in the for-profit healthcare and tech space for a number of years. He was excited to join the SIRUM team where the focus is on people and on social impact rather than profits. Luke brings years of customer-facing experience to his role, and has the ability to morph his accent to fit his environment – a skill that is handy when talking with clients from across the country. This is either due to the fact that he was born in Tennessee but spent his adulthood in NYC, due to the fact that he has a degree in acting, or a little bit of both.

In his spare time, Luke enjoys playing music, hiking, tinkering with some woodworking or mechanical projects, or cuddling with his cat.

Sara DiBernardo
Policy
Sara advises on legislative and regulatory efforts that could impact SIRUM’s work.

With experience as counsel and legislative director in the New York State Senate, Sara is proud to be part of a startup that is focused on helping people in communities across the country. Sara is passionate about helping to build national solutions to the healthcare crisis in the US by getting unused medicine to people in need.

Sara earned her Bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Maryland, where she played for the Women’s Ice Hockey team and served as Captain her senior year. In her spare time, she enjoys watching the Buffalo Bills, playing ice hockey and hanging out with her English bulldog puppy, Hermione. Sara was born and raised in Buffalo, NY.

Colby Karzen
Partnerships
Colby manages partnerships with SIRUM’s medicine donors.

Colby is proud to work for an organization that helps provide life changing medicine that would otherwise be destroyed to those who need it most. Colby joined SIRUM because she wanted to make an impact in her day-to-day life with a forward-thinking, health-centered nonprofit. Paired with her sales and nonprofit experience, SIRUM has been a perfect fit.

Colby attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and previously worked in human rights advocacy. In her spare time, Colby loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, eating new foods, going to concerts and Padres games, watching indie and foreign films, and roadtripping. Colby is a proud life-long Californian.
Travis Ramirez
Strategic Partnerships
Travis supports strategic projects across SIRUM’s teams and charitable partners.

Travis joined SIRUM because he wanted to be a part of an organization aiming to achieve health equity by increasing access to medications. Prior to joining SIRUM, Travis worked at the San Francisco VA Medical Center where he managed an integrative health research study for patients experiencing chronic pain.

Travis graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Symbolic Systems. In his free time, he likes to play soccer, swim, and collect comic books.

Brian Sanders
Engineering
Brian develops technology for SIRUM and its charitable partners.

Brian takes a detailed oriented approach to backend systems engineering, and enjoys working with other engineers to solve complex problems. Brian joined SIRUM because he wanted to make a real difference in communities. He spent 15 years in finance, insurance and various marketing industries, and brings over a decade of specialization in complex integrations in computer systems.

Brian earned his degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. In his spare time, Brian loves traveling, camping, rollercoaster parks, and hot air balloons.
Tom Sweeting
Engineering
Tom develops technology for SIRUM and its charitable partners.

Tom’s main motivation for joining SIRUM was that he wanted to work for a company that had an inspirational mission, seeking to solve a challenging social problem. Access to healthcare is something Tom cares deeply about, so SIRUM is a great fit. Prior to deciding on a career in software engineering, he received a Bachelor's degree in Music Technology, and originally planned on becoming a teacher. In his third year of his degree, he discovered that programming was a much better fit, and never looked back.

Tom spends most of his time hanging out with his cockatiel Mercury, who is more of a member of the family than a pet. When he is not spending time with Mercury, he enjoys playing the guitar and piano, compositing and recording music, photography, cooking, electronics, and woodworking. Tom is originally from the UK and moved to the US in 2019.
Dana Tzegaegbe
People Operations
Dana manages SIRUM’s people operations and talent acquisition.

Dana is proud to help SIRUM deliver on its mission and goals by growing the organization's capacity. Dana joined SIRUM because she felt a personal connection to the work. Working to uplift and empower underserved communities is something she has always been extremely passionate about. Prior to joining SIRUM, Dana spent 5 years working in international development and 1.5 years working at a nonprofit focused on eliminating algorithmic bias.

Dana is proud to be from Atlanta and the South, and to be Nigerian and Israeli. In her spare time, Dana loves spending time with her twin sister, Dina, spending time with family and close friends, eating plantains, traveling, and bathing in the sun.

Join our team

We’re a small team that’s passionate about our mission of reimagining healthcare access for those in need.

We come from organizations like McKinsey, the Clinton Foundation, and Stanford Biology and include everyone from programmers to volunteers. We like to work hard, solve tough problems, and debate who has the best lunch in Palo Alto.

Check below for a list of current positions. If you don’t see something that’s the right fit, drop us a line here. We love hearing from people who share our mission.

In good company

Our organization is backed by a team of advisors with deep legal, financial, and medical expertise.
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