DCentral – Miami: Asia Lee

By Jennifer Johnson Jennifer Johnson has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on February 21, 2023

Welcome to the Grit Daily Startup Show, hosted by Sebastian Rusk. Join us for a fascinating conversation with Asia Lee, Founder, and CEO of Altucell, a groundbreaking biotech company. Lee shares her incredible story of being stolen from her island at age five and brought to Seoul. She encourages us to look for the good in trauma, and to embrace the possibility of self-discovery and fulfillment. Asia also weighs in on how her company is in the process of curing type 1 diabetes. The show concludes with Asia’s powerful takeaways: to continue learning and questioning oneself in order to uncover potential through challenging thoughts and judgments. Reach out to Asia if you have further questions and discover this and more on the Grit Daily Startup Show.

Topics Discussed and Key Points: 

  • Overcoming Trauma
  • The Power of Positive Thinking
  • Questioning Your Beliefs & Self-Discovery


[00:04:09] The Power of Overcoming Trauma: How Asia Utilizes Her Own Experiences to Create Altucell and Conquer Type 1 Diabetes

[00:08:56] The Power of Positive Thinking

Notable Quotes 

“David took a piece of rock, and you’re like this is just a piece of rock and David chiseled what he saw that was possible. I want you to visualize that you are a rock and a chisel. Imagine who you can be, and keep chiseling away the things you don’t want in your life.”

 “Start with a good daily habit. This is not gratitude, looking at the glass half empty or half full. It’s being  grateful that you even have a glass and then wanting everyone to have a glass.”

“Question your beliefs. Question, question, question, because without questioning, you’re limited.”

 “It’s a gradual process. My goal is for everyone to have fulfillment wherever they are, whatever they want to do.”

By Jennifer Johnson Jennifer Johnson has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Jennifer Johnson is an Operations Specialist and Booking Producer at Grit Daily.

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