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MedSpeed got its start at Chicago Booth as a final project for James Schrager’s New Venture Strategy course, with the original seed of the concept coming from Crampton’s close friend and classmate, Everett Truitt. They entered the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge. MedSpeed won the competition and Crampton changed his postgraduation plans to focus on launching the company.

Before MedSpeed, health-care executives rarely accounted for transportation operations when considering the major drivers of optimum performance. By transforming logistics from a cost center into a strategic asset, Crampton demonstrated that it could produce significant value by enabling better, more integrated care delivery. He has led the organization through multiple periods of change and evolution while retaining its entrepreneurial spirit and strong culture.

An entrepreneur by nature, Crampton founded and nurtured a successful language-training business in Mexico City prior to launching MedSpeed. He credits that experience, his Booth education, and his continued engagement with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation with providing a strong foundation for MedSpeed’s development. Ultimately, this recognition is one of the incredible MedSpeed team and its commitment to the mission of delivering health. Jake is grateful to all of them and, last but certainly not least, to his wife, Lisa, and their three sons, DC, Charlie, and Harry, for their tremendous support.