CEO Spotlight: David Schmidt, Founder and CEO of Lifewave Technology

David Schmidt is the inventor of LifeWave technology and founder and CEO of LifeWave. His experience in business and product development spans over 30 years and includes a formal education in Management Information Systems and Biology at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. David then went on to pursue several entrepreneurial endeavors and, as a result, owned successful companies involved in manufacturing and product development. One of these companies, Advanced Applications Group, was a research and development center that specialized in energy-production technologies for both military and commercial applications. During his time with AAG, David developed new methods for producing hydrogen and oxygen, designed and prototyped multi-fueled, bladeless-turbine power generation systems, and constructed metal-combustion rocket engines.

As a result of his innovations, David Schmidt was presented with an honorary doctorate by Dr. Alexander Marinaccio of the International Hall of Fame of Inventors. In addition, as a result of work performed in the design of emergency oxygen systems for General Dynamics, David was invited to participate in the Navy’s next generation mini-sub program.

The LifeWave Technology was born out of three years of intense research by David into the concept of being able to naturally increase energy and stamina through elevation of fat burning, utilizing wireless communication to the human body via phototherapy. The LifeWave Technology is now available to the public. David has committed the past 15 years into making this opportunity a reality.

Globally, David is the holder of 94 issued patents, 13 pending, with many more being written.  More than seventy of those issued patents are in the field of regenerative science and technology.  One of his inventions, the Double Helix Conductor, produces a novel blend of electromagnetic and non-electromagnetic fields to improve the speed of wound healing that rivals that of stem-cell injections. This led to David realizing that phototherapy can be a means by which a person’s own stem cells can be activated into a more youthful state as opposed to requiring an injection of expensive and potentially dangerous stem cells. Hence, after ten years of study, the X39® patch was born.

Since the inception of LifeWave in 2004, David has overseen global operations of the company and has accelerated expansion into approximately one-hundred countries, with offices presently in the United States, Ireland, Japan and Taiwan — with warehouse and distribution facilities throughout the world.  LifeWave has been a multiple recipient of Inc. magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies.

What kind of a kid were you?

I was definitely a bit of a nerd. I built rockets, did experiments, took things apart to see how they worked. My best friend and I spent a lot of time in our parents’ workshops tinkering with things. I actually took apart an old Pong-type video game that my brother got one year. I was really into just seeing how the world worked.

I read this book by Viktor Schauberger, an Austrian Naturalist, called Nature Was My Teacher, which had a big impact on me. He was basically saying that the way to understand the world was by looking to nature. That helped push me toward the field of biomimetics and it’s still a philosophy we practice at LifeWave, which is trying to mimic natural processes to support health and wellness.

Can you name a particular event that motivated your interest in health and wellness?

A big one for me was watching an episode of “The Merv Griffin Show” when I was 15. Durk Pearson was on talking about his book, Life Extension. I was entranced and I got the book and read it cover to cover. That’s when I knew that I wanted to help people live longer and stay younger.

How did LifeWave first begin?

The original idea came during my work developing survival equipment. We were trying to create ways to help crew members of a mini-sub stay awake without the need for drugs. So I started looking into natural ways to increase energy in the body. That investigation turned into three years of research which culminated with the first LifeWave prototype: the Energy Enhancer Patch.

Can you talk a bit about your newest product X39?

First off, it’s important to note that this product has undergone quite a few clinical trials. We’ve completed seven to date, and four additional studies have already begun. That’s far above the legal burden of one clinical study in the U.S. They were motivated by wanting to learn as much as we can, which helps us create the best results.

One of the researchers we’ve worked with for a long time, Dr. Melinda Connor, presented her clinical studies at our LifeWave conference earlier this year. She demonstrated how X39 improves metabolism in some really exciting ways. That’s interesting because a lot of people already know about how X39 activates stem cells, but it’s really doing so much more than that. One of the areas it can have a marked impact is in our mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cells. We’re seeing that X39 can reverse mitochondrial dysfunction which can produce more energy and help slow the aging process.

How is this different than the energy boost experienced with the Energy Enhancer


The Energy Enhancer Patch works by getting our cells to increase fat-burning, which is more efficient. But X39 gets cells to actually act as if they were younger, which carries a ton of additional benefits beyond increasing energy levels.

Can you elaborate on some of these other benefits?

Sure. Another impressive result came about from a recent study where we were measuring levels of copper peptide, GHK-Cu, and its precursor, GHK. During these tests, we found that X39 elevated levels of both. That’s important because these molecules help reset genes to a younger state. And we saw significant improvements in these levels within 24 hours of applying the X39 patch. In some people, the increase was over 300% within a week.

Are there ways to increase the benefits of X39 through lifestyle choices?

Yes, we believe so. Of course, it’s important to do all the basics like eat a healthful diet, supplement wisely, exercise, etc. With that kind of foundation, X39 can provide really impressive additional results.

Any other information you can share about the LifeWave Las Vegas conference?

Dr. Chevalier, who’s been working with our technology for years, spoke at the conference. He’s been researching the role of copper peptide in cognitive function for some time and his results have been impressive. He presented some infrared brain-mapping before-and-after photos at the conference that were dramatic. They showed the improvements that occurred in mental function within weeks of changing levels of copper peptide.

Do you have any final thoughts on the exciting work youre doing?

I’ll say that this work is really changing my conception of how we can improve as we age. I think once people see the research, they’ll feel similarly. We’re getting to the point where we can allow people to age in a way that maintains their youthful qualities so that they can basically do what they want without being limited by their bodies.

IDEAMENSCH: Interview with LifeWave CEO David Schmidt

Do the basics over and over and you will succeed.

David Schmidt is the CEO and Founder of LifeWave, a leading health and wellness company. The longtime inventor has an extensive history of working in business and development, with 30 years of experience in creating innovative products to solve difficult problems. After studying Management Information Systems and Biology at Pace University, the future CEO spent his early career pursuing a variety of entrepreneurial opportunities.

One of the companies he created in this capacity, Advanced Applications Group, operates in the area of research and development with a focus on energy-production technologies with applications for both commercial and military purposes. While involved with the company, Schmidt worked on a range of projects including a bladeless turbine generator, combustion rocket engines, and new methods for producing oxygen and hydrogen.

Due to his long history of developing novel technologies, the LifeWave founder was awarded an honorary doctorate by the International Hall of Fame of Inventors. He was also recognized by the U.S. Navy for his ground-breaking work when he received an invitation to participate on an elite research team developing the next generation of mini-subs.

LifeWave’s technology, which utilizes phototherapy patches to create cellular changes in the body, stems from many years of Schmidt’s research into drug-free methods for increasing energy and stamina for military personnel. LifeWave has now been in operation for 15 years, providing consumers with access to this effective method for improving health and wellness.

The entrepreneur holds close to 100 patents, with over 70 in the field of regenerative science and technology. Among these patents is the Double Helix Conductor, which produces fields made up of electromagnetic and non-electromagnetic energy. These fields help to improve wound recovery rates and can produce results that are comparable to some stem-cell treatments.

Through his work on the Double Helix Conductor, Schmidt theorized that phototherapy could be used as a means for activating a person’s own stem cells and returning them to a more youthful state. From this kernel of an idea, after ten years of research into the concept, his company created the X39 patch. When applied to a user’s skin, the patch works to stimulate stem cell activity and produce an extensive number of health and wellness benefits to help combat aging, improve recovery after physical exertion and more.

Schmidt has been CEO of LifeWave since he founded the company in 2004. Through his efforts, along with those of his corporate team and dedicated independent partners, the company has expanded into approximately 100 countries across the globe, with offices in the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and Ireland. Warehouses and distribution facilities are even more widespread, with numerous locations throughout the world. Thanks, in part, to this marked expansion, the company has been recognized multiple times by Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies.

Where did the idea for LifeWave come from?

At the time I was co-owner in a company called AAG. We were developing survival equipment for the US Navy. I was invited to be part of a design team for the Navy’s next generation mini-sub. The problem to solve for was that the crew of the sub (navy Seals) had to be awake for 30 hours or more. The common solution was to use caffeine or drugs. I wanted to find a natural solution. After 3 years of study I invented LifeWave as a natural method to increase energy metabolism in the body so people could have more energy and stamina without drugs. Once 911 occurred, the Navy was interested in weapons and not survival equipment so I turned my attention on the consumer market, and LifeWave began.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

My typical day is very broad in scope and includes meetings with staff, conference calls with leader distributors, e-mails and other business functions. Part of my day also involves working with the research team on new product development, as well as contacting researchers involved in clinical studies on our products.

How do you bring ideas to life?

It always starts with prayer. There is only one source of true knowledge and information, and that can be accessed with prayer. Once I receive an idea the goal is to produce a prototype and/or run an experiment to validate that the idea works and is something new and unique. Online research is also conducted to make sure we are not duplicating someone elses work. A patent search could be performed to insure what we are doing is completely unique. After the initial experiments are performed and validated, an evaluation is performed to see if this new invention can be marketed, and if the need is there. Sometimes the only thing you get from research is information, and it takes you a step in a particular direction. Sometimes it yields a new product. And every once in a while lighting strikes and you produce magic.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Age reversal. The bleeding edge of medical research is practical age reversal which we will see within the next 20 years, if not sooner. It is no longer science fiction as this is seen now in the lab. The question remains on how to apply this to human beings, which is one of our goals.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Resilience. Being an entrepreneur means you should enjoy the good times, but you also accept that there are going to be some bumps in the road so you should not let that upset you (too much). So when the tough times hit you continue to work and press forward. Rocky Balboa said “that’s how winning is done” and he was right.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Be yourself. Never give up on your dream. You will make it despite what people tell you, and despite that most people fail. You will win.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

I made a statement a few years ago that I would be able to produce an invention that could heal a wound in minutes. EVERYONE said it was impossible. After 9 months of building the equipment, it worked on the first test and healed the wound in only 10 minutes.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Do the basics over and over and you will succeed. Coach Richard Quick, 6-time United States Olympic Coach would say that the difference between the Gold medalist and someone that does not finish is that the Gold medalist practices the basics each and every day. So do the basics that are required each day, keeping taking steps in the right direction and you will succeed.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Introducing new, cutting edge products that are patented and exclusive to our distributors.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Trusting the wrong people. Everyone makes mistakes in business, and when you make one you pick yourself up, learn from it, and try not to make the same mistake again.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

The age of regenerative medicine is here. Any product that is an alternative to stem cell injections or supports stem cell therapy will be a growth industry.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

Taking my daughter to dinner. She appreciated that I took her to one of her favorite restaurants, it was another way to show her I love her, and we had a great time together.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

Microsoft Outlook. Can anyone in business survive without e-mail?

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Power versus Force. David Hawkins. It will give a person a fresh perspective on life.

What is your favorite quote?

“What lies behind you, and what lies before you, pales to insignificance as compared to what lies within you”. Ralph Waldo Emerson