Bilal Qizilbash, B.S., M.S., M.B.A, S.H.I.E.L.D.
CEO and "Science Guy" for EasyKale Labs LLC
When Bilal Qizilbash (B.S. in biology, M.S. in medical sciences) discovered that juiced leafy kale would selectively kill melanoma cancer cells in vitro while leaving non-cancerous cells alone, he’d had a breakthrough... and a realization.
The breakthrough led to a U.S. patent and continued laboratory studies.
The realization was that Bilal could help humanity with a product—Bilal’s EasyKale—that makes it easy for people to add #dailykale to their diets.
Science Guy and CEO
Bilal has presented lectures on leadership, innovation, and his team's cancer breakthrough at numerous conferences, most notably at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University attended by over 3,000 people.
Bilal holds U.S. Patent #9919016: "Product and method of deploying kale derivatives for anti-cancer effects."
As the CEO of EasyKale Labs, he's continuing his research into the cancer-fighting properties of kale, while offering a next-generation product for making kale consumption easier--Bilal's EasyKale®.
Social Entrepreneur & Humanitarian
Along with his scientific research and CEO duties, Bilal Qizilbash is a social entrepreneur; one of his passions is feeding the hungry, something he does weekly in his adopted home town of Jackson, Mississippi, through his non-profit organization, the Draw a Smile Foundation.
The R U Hungry program feeds the hungry every Friday at 6 p.m. in downtown Jackson as well as in Brooklyn, New York on Sundays.
Bilal pledges 2.5% of net profits from the sale of Bilal's EasyKale to the Draw-a-Smile Foundation.
Another 2.5% of net profits goes to the Mississippi Coding Academies, a passion project for Bilal's co-founder, Rich Sun, helping at-risk kids build technology careers.
Most importantly, Bilal loves people—he's got an infectious laugh, a childlike wonder and he's always ready with a handy compliment and a handshake or a hug.
Honors and Recognition
Bilal was recently named a 2019 Top Entrepreneur in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal. He received a 2018 and 2019 Young Professional on the Rise Award from Young, Gifted and Empowered Awards in Jackson, Miss.
He's received a 2017 Leader of Community Change Award; was a 2017 El Hibri National Peace Prize nominee and received a 2017 Young Influential honor from BOOM Jackson magazine.
He was also nominated for the 2016 CNN Hero of the Year award.