“We began with two employees operating out of an 800 sqft space,” says Restor Metabolix Dr. Adam Starr. “As of July 1 of this year, we have five employees and will have moved into a 6,000 sqft space. We expect to have between 8-10 employees by the end of 2022.”
The company, which provides an adjunct therapy for treating diabetes and metabolic dysfunction, is growing quickly in the region.
Read our full Q&A with Dr. Starr below…
Tell us about your business and the role you play in it.
Restor Metabolix of Asheville provides a powerful adjunct therapy for the treatment of diabetes and metabolic dysfunction. We administer regular insulin in a way that bio-mimics normal pancreatic function – in short, we use insulin as a hormone instead of as a drug. Our results are staggering and include dramatic improvements in energy and quality of sleep, improvement or reversal of neuropathy, improved retinopathy, cardiovascular and kidney function, rapid wound healing and close to a 50% reduction in medication requirements, to name a few.
What’s a little-known fact or trivia about your business?
We are currently the only clinic providing this treatment in all of North Carolina. In addition, there are no other treatments available in all of medicine that can completely reverse diabetic neuropathy.
How has your company grown over the years?
Our business has been open since December of 2021. We began with two employees operating out of an 800 sqft space. As of July 1st, 2022, we have five employees and will have moved into a 6000 sqft space. We expect to have between 8-10 employees by the end of 2022.
Where did your career find its start? How did you get involved with your company?
As an orthopedic surgeon, I was very familiar with the lower extremity wounds/ulcers that are associated with diabetes. Even after many years as a hand surgeon, it was not until moving to WNC that I began to see many of the same wounds/infections in patients’ hands and fingers. I, unfortunately, had a patient who, after many surgical attempts to treat a very bad infection, required an amputation of her hand. Her loss had a profound effect on me, and I was left with the thought that “there has to be a better way.” A few months later, I was introduced to the treatment provided by Restor Metabolix. After a year of research and vetting, I decided that we needed to bring this treatment to the patients of Western NC.
What is most important to you/your company now?
Our patients and our employees are the focus of all that we do. We are committed to building an open and compassionate environment that allows our patients, with our support and encouragement, to take ownership of their diabetes.
What do you see as your company’s legacy?
Insulin was first discovered in 1922. Since then, there has been little change in how we use insulin to treat diabetes. Our treatment marks a radical yet simple departure from current medical norms. We are confident that this treatment will become the standard of care for diabetes within the next 5-10 years.
What’s on the horizon?
Over the next 24 months, we plan to open at least three additional clinics in Western North Carolina.