EXPERT SPEAKERS, PANELISTS, AND JUDGES
Building Momentum in healthcare innovation is all about the crowd that cares about what you are doing. To succeed you must gain the support of five key stakeholders: Patients, Providers, Partners, Institutional leaders, and Investors. Our Panels, Judges, and Speakers are that crowd and are looking for the best new ideas to support. These folks have made the magic happen many times and are ready to do it again. Want to get involved with the best new companies in healthcare?
Aline Noizet is a health innovation strategy expert currently coordinating the Bayer Grants4Apps program. She also serves as Business Development Director Europe for Health 2.0, scouting innovative solutions with potential to impact the healthcare system and connecting the dots with the rest of the ecosystem. She has a very active role in the organization of he European conference, taking place in Barcelona every year in the Spring. Ms. Noizet is also a partner of eHealth Hub, an EU project, through which she supports European SMEs to get traction, increase their visibility and facilitates matchmaking with relevant stakeholders. Aline is also the general manager of Salut 2.0, a Spanish association with 7 hubs all across Spain, which aims at building up a strong digital health ecosystem, locally and across the country. Aline has helped organize and run the MedMo17 conference in partnership with MedStartr / H2NYC as well.
Aline holds an MBA fro ESADE, an Masters from Univertite Jean Moulin (Lyon III) and Singularity University in Exponential Medicine
Prior to Cityblock, Toyin served as Chief Medical Officer of Commonwealth Care Alliance. In this role, she led all clinical operations; spearheaded care delivery innovations; and oversaw multi-disciplinary teams of more than 500 clinicians, community health workers, and administrators, serving more than 20,000 beneficiaries across the state of Massachusetts. Toyin received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University; an MPhil from the University of Cambridge; and her medical degree, with Distinction in Clinical Practice, from King’s College London School of Medicine. Having completed her residency training at Boston Medical Center, Toyin is a board-certified family physician and continues to practice primary care and hospital medicine focused on patients with chronic, complex, and end-of-life needs. Internationally recognized as a leader in care for populations with complex needs, Toyin advises organizations such as the Center for Health Care Strategies, the Commonwealth Fund, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
John Hui is a serial entrepreneur and accredited angel investor in the healthcare industry. His sales, marketing and entrepreneurial experiences cover industry sectors of health technology, clinical laboratory, diagnostic imaging, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. John is currently leading business development efforts for Twiage, an award-winning mobile healthcare technology startup. He is also the founder of Reliant Diagnostics, a radiology management company, and Superus Health, a healthcare consulting firm.
John received his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University as a Fellow of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute. He holds his BBA in Advertising from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. He is a member of Life Science Angels, Red Bear Angels, and Angel Capital Association’s Collaboration Committee.
WEGO Health was created by Jack Barrette, a former Yahoo! executive focused on lifestyles, health and medicine. At Yahoo!, and throughout his career in healthcare, Jack has seen millions of people struggle to find credible, useful health information online. WEGO Health was born as a result of these experiences. Jack lives in Boston with his beloved wife and terriers. He believes fervently in giving back to the community through his non-profit work, and also in the health benefits of good wine.
Founder and CEO of Epion Health. Epion Health offers a cloud based, service as a software patient engagement solution at the point of care – beginning with the patient check-in process. Epion provides a variety of mobile health applications and content. From patient check-in through check-out, Epion engages the patient and provide tools to enhance the patient/provider experience. By fully integrating with Electronic Health Record and Practice Management systems, administrative costs are reduced and efficiencies are gained. Epion is mobile health at the point of care.
Epion Health has been selected by athenahealth as an initial partner in their More Disruption Please initiative. Epion and athenahealth are working together to integrate the Epion patient intake and education solutions with the athenahealth electronic health record and practice management software. The goal of the program is to offer the Epion product to athenahealth’s eligible client base of approximately 40,000 physicians.
Epion also has programs with several large healthcare systems and additional EMR integrations are in the pipeline. Epion is well positioned to improve the patient experience in a significant percentage of the 1.2 billion annual patient visits per year in the U.S. alone. Epion is providing digital patient engagement solutions at the point of care with a focus on providers, to help them reduce costs and improve the patient experience.
Prior to founding Epion Joe was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force for 28 years.
Leonard Achan RN, MA, ANP
Where Healthcare Innovation Meets Business Success
Currently the Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in NYC.
Most recently served as Chief Communications Officer (CCO) and Chief of Access Services (2011-2016) of the Mount Sinai Health System and Senior Associate Dean- Icahn School of Medicine.
As a dedicated entrepreneurial healthcare executive I have over 15 years of a successful track record in developing and executing high level businesses that have driven volume, revenue, and brand awareness while elevating the reputation of the organizations.
I am uniquely positioned as a clinician and executive who has served in several roles in a large academic health systems crossing a wide span of responsibilities including business development, operations, international, concierge medicine, marketing, digital, branding, and communications.
Helping companies create value through business development, restructuring, team building and fixing complex problems is my passion. Rapid implementation and the growth of business entities is my expertise.
• Innovation & New Business Development — Conceptualized and implemented the following business entities within Mount Sinai: Transfer Center (2003), Physician Access Services (2004), International Services (2005) Executive & Concierge Services (2006), Digital & Social Media (2011), Marketing, Strategic Communications (2012) Branding (2013), Access Services (2014)
• Branding, Marketing, Public Relations & Digital and Social Media — Built first-ever department of digital and social media which became #1 in the NY region within 12 months and was ranked 4th in the nation within 24 months. Built PR strategy and team to make Mount Sinai #1 nationally in organic media within 24 months.
Maria is the President and CEO at the Partnership Fund for New York City, the investment arm of the Partnership for New York City. In addition to leading the Fund’s investment operations, Maria has spearheaded the creation and operation of a number of the Fund’s strategic initiatives, including: FinTech Innovation Lab; New York Digital Health Accelerator; NYCSeed (seed financing for IT/digital media companies); BioAccelerate Prize NYC (proof-of-concept funding for university-based biomedical research); Arts Entrepreneurial Loan Fund (low cost loans for mid-size arts groups); and ReStart Central and Financial Recovery Fund (assistance and funding for small businesses impacted by 9/11/01).
Prior to joining the Fund in 1999, Maria was a Managing Director at BT Wolfensohn (now part of Deutsche Bank), providing strategic and financial advice related to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and the development of business strategies. Before starting with Wolfensohn, Maria worked at LaSalle Partners in the New York area and for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York and London. Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Wellesley College. She was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study international relations at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland.
Deborah Estrin is Associate Dean and Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and a Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is founder of the Health Tech Hub and directs the Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech, which develops new personal data APIs and applications for individuals to harvest the small data traces they generate daily. Estrin is also co-founder of the non-profit startup, Open mHealth.
Previously, Estrin was on the UCLA faculty where she was the Founding Director of the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS), pioneering the development of mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world and the people who occupy it.
Charles Hwang is the founding partner of a digital asset hedge fund. He has been a Senior Equity Trader since May 2000 and successfully capitalized on both the dot com bust and the financial crisis. Charles is also a former Senior Associate at Ernst & Young specializing in forensic accounting and valuation consulting.
Over the past three years, Charles has been heavily involved with the blockchain and altcoin communities. He has also personally invested in multiple tokens and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).
Charles holds a Master’s in Accountancy from Baruch College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
David Drake is the Chairman of LDJ Capital, a family office; Victoria Partners, a 300 family office network based in London; LDJ Real Estate Group and Drake Hospitality Group; and The Soho Loft Media Group with divisions Victoria Global Communications, Times Impact Publications, and The Soho Loft Conferences.
Gurdane is a founder, managing partner, and member of the investment committee at FundRx, an early-stage healthcare and life sciences venture capital firm based in New York.
Prior to FundRx, Gurdane worked in the New York office of Bain & Company, on the public finance investment banking team at Morgan Stanley, and at StartUp Health, a leading accelerator for digital health startups.
Gurdane holds degrees in Computer Science (BA), Public Policy (BA), and Economics (Min.) from Duke University, where he was an Angier B Duke Scholar. He also attended the University of Oxford as a Lord Rothermere Scholar.
Lexie Kier is Principal Strategist and Founder of AOK Group, a growth consultancy for startups. She advises bold brands and startups on fundraising, customer insights, branding and marketing and often takes on interim leadership roles to help with periods of intense change, entry into new markets, and expansion.
Previously, Lexie founded Cuurio, an index of startups and innovation platform helping bold brands find clarity, context, and connection. Cuurio helped a growing number of innovative brands and agencies (including Warner Brother, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, and J. Walter Thompson) to create vibrant native mobile partnerships that activated consumers in new channels.
Prior to founding Cuurio, Lexie led strategy for dozens of Fortune 100 brands, prominent individuals, and boutique brands. She has worked as a senior digital strategist and strategic planner for leading advertising agencies (Vaynermedia, 360i / Dentsu, Omnicom’s Ketchum, and CAHG\TBWA\WorldHealth).
Lexie also mentors foreign startups via VentureOutNY’s international venture acceleration programs.
Judith Sheft is the Associate Vice President, Technology & Enterprise Development at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
She is responsible for the development and administration of the Office of Technology Development, overseeing programs, policies and procedures focusing on patent creation, intellectual property valuation, strategic use and protection of IP assets. Judith coordinates sponsored research initiatives with industrial partners and is involved in the establishment of technology commercialization and economic development initiatives. She is responsible for the high technology business incubator (Enterprise Development Center – EDC), HealthIT Connections Program, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
In her time at NJIT, Judith has tripled the number of faculty invention disclosures since 2003 to ~70/year and supported entrepreneurs at EDC companies resulting in their growth at double the rate of the national benchmark companies with a 20% greater likelihood of survival to year 5.
Travis runs the Health IT Connections Program at NJIT’s nonprofit New Jersey Innovation Institute. Funded by a grant from JPMorgan Chase’s ‘Small Business Forward’ initiative, they work with a select group of in-revenue health IT companies to introduce potential customers, facilitate partnerships, and provide key coaching & resources to help accelerate growth. Travis is also an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he teaches ‘Entrepreneurial Thinking’ and was previously the Executive Director of TechLaunch, a seed-stage technology accelerator in northern New Jersey.
Tiffany is a native New Yorker based patient advocate whose inspiration arose from her very own personal battles within the healthcare system after being diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in 2010.
She is a powerful voice for all patients especially those living with Chronic Illness creating her first patient driven community, Friends Against Lupus which now has over 12K members. Two years later she founded LupusChat, a patient driven Twitter chat created to spark innovative discussion between patients and healthcare professionals designed to educate both sides of the spectrum.
Tiffany intends to break the communication barriers between patients and healthcare stakeholders helping to improve quality of life for those living with chronic illness while educating healthcare professionals on implementing patient centricity and practicing participatory medicine.
As a proud member of The Walking Gallery, she travels across the country speaking on patient empowerment, centricity, and communication. After presenting at Social Media Week NY, e-Patient Connections, Partnership for Patients, Epharma, Digital Pharma East, Health Datapalooza, and ONC National Health IT consumer Summit in Washington D.C. she was was named a top influential ePatient to follow on social media.
James Sheridan has held leadership positions for patient advocacy organizations at the Arthritis Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and currently at the American Diabetes Association. Leveraging technology solutions to help patients with self-management and to be their own best advocates is a personal interest in his work. Currently at the American Diabetes Association, James is the Regional Vice President overseeing the operations of a 30 person staff located in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a member of ADA’s national senior leadership team.
Sarah Krüg is CEO of CANCER101, a patient advocacy organization whose mission is to help patients and caregiver navigate the care journey. She is also the founder of the Health Collaboratory, an innovations hub that amplifies the voice of the patient and paves the path for co-design in healthcare through platforms such as the Patient Shark Tank® and Prescription to Learn®. Sarah is the acting executive director and past president of the Society for Participatory Medicine. She was previously Global Education Director at Pfizer, focused on establishing l health care improvement strategies world-wide, where she also developed the global investigator initiated research program. Prior to that, Sarah spearheaded the development of the Pediatric Disease Management clinical pathways and conducted clinical research at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center.
CTO at Birya Biotech, a company focused on providing patients with affordable alternatives to unfairly priced pharmaceuticals and medical technologies.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a Masters in Signal Processing, Avisha spent the last six years developing and carrying out Quality Control programs for MRI machines, as well as applying a broad technical skillset to a variety of web design and software projects and startup consulting. He has more recently gotten involved in the health space through a personal quest of biohacking and self-improvement, volunteering for Health 2.0 / MedStartr, and co-founding his own health-tech startup.
Experience @ Lynchpin Technologies: building a CRM/ad-tech company to achieve the realization of consumer driven healthcare to help payors engage and manage risk while helping consumers with relevant, contextualized health, services, and benefits information.
Experience @ Blackstone, Equity Healthcare: Blackstone portfolio operations group, working with portfolio companies to improve health outcomes through innovative care management models and programs, engaging employees and families, and save money by optimizing EBITDA margin.
Experience @ Spark Capital: a VC firm which focuses on the media, entertainment, and technology sectors and trying to uncover innovative opportunities in health care that overlap with Spark’s sectors and that will change and disrupt the health care industry. Board observer for FitOrbit and Linkwell Health.
Experience @ Generation Health: health care start-up, focused on strategic, business, and product development for genetic testing and benefits management. Health care data analysis, internal and client report development.
Experience @ Harvard Pilgrim: Payer strategic planning and development, including medical management cost containment initiatives, product development, budget development and reconciliation, program and process integration across functional areas.
Experience @ Towers Perrin: Health care (employer and payer) strategic consulting, including program alignment, plan design, communication, and cost projection and valuation.
Specialties: Health care innovation and delivery/management operations and start-ups. Health care vendor contracting, disease/wellness management program development, implementation, ROI reconciliation, product development and program integration, medical cost budget and forecasting. Experience helping start-ups with business/product strategy and development, growth and fundraising.
Digital Health Innovator. Mette has a Masters in Economics, graduated from Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a serial entrepreneur. In her twenties she went from top grades to unable to read a book, from working as a model to being overweight and medicated like an elderly person. With a constantly changing and ever expanding array of different diagnoses, Mette took matters into her own hands. Having felt the powerlessness of being an unsolvable case Mette want to help empower others in a similar situations.
Jeff Cutler brings over 25 years of experience in digital information and healthcare with extensive experience in sales, marketing and business development. As Chief Revenue Officer for Tyto Care, he is responsible for sales, marketing and business development for Tyto’s commercial launch. Prior to Tyto, Jeff worked for Vitals, Answers.com, Office.com, Inlumen, N2K, Thomson Financial and CompuServe.
TytoCare enables remote examinations by providing a simple, consumer-friendly device and platform to connect patients at home to their physician, offering a complete digital examination. TytoCare helps physicians extend their reach and continuity of care by connecting with their patients where and when they need it, thereby enabling telehealth and virtual visits. The TytoCare platform captures live audio and video of key vital signs including ears, nose, throat, temperature, skin, heart and lungs and sends them seamlessly and securely from the patient to their physician.
Jeff holds Dual Degrees from Rutgers University and has studies at the New York University Stern School of Business.
Chris Efthymiou is passionate about healthcare pricing. In his view that is what’s broken and that is what needs to change. After 20 years refining our model, HIG is fixing Healthcare one employer at a time.
Chris love cheering for the underdog….HIG started that way, but is quickly becoming a force which much be reckoned with…..while also helping loads of open-minded agents and brokers. HIG, like an insurance seeing – eye dog leading “blind” employers to a better way to insure employees, is obsessed with their current product for health benefits which goes contrary to health insurance carriers using outdated network pricing and discounts. Their platform of multiple products pushes employer costs down 20-40% and employee costs can be cut in half and their Navinsure brand serves as the technology incubator which brings many products to life.
Chris started at Oxford plans, worked with Wells Fargo, JP Morgan, HSBC, Health Plan One, and others as he charted a path toward founding HIG. He holds a BA in History from St. Francis University.
Lois Drapin is a healthcare innovation leader and expert that has worked with some of the top teams and companies in digital health. She has been a mentor to MedStartr since day 1 and now provides the same to MedStartr Portfolio companies and companies on the platform. Lois is a frequent panelist at our events as her insight is often critical and always valuable. The Drapin Group LLC specializes in strategic partnerships, business development, applied strategy for creative big-small company relationships, investment, and market entry for innovation and new health technologies.
Lois holds a BA form the University of Wisconsin – Madison as well as and MPS in Health Services Administration from The New School.
Emergency Medicine Expert, former Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Maimonidies, and Consultant to Health IT companies and those who would deploy their wares. Care transformation through technology with a focus on workflow integrated communication among clinicians about patients. Still in all, it’s not about the technology, it’s the people and culture: People are valuable; technology is cheap.
Entrepreneur by choice – software engineer by training – application architect by experience: Dan helps companies innovate in the consumer related digital health sector achieve new frontiers in user engagement. Creative analytics, unique approach to personalized search, metrics, decision-making support, user data analysis, and social recommendations are just some of the techniques that he is passionate about and has extensive expertise in. During the past 17 years Dan has developed enterprise-class software for the financial, software and retail industries and had founded two successful companies – Information Laboratory, acquired by IBM in 2003 and HealthWorldWeb, acquired by Health Grades in 2010.
Dan Kogan is also the co-founder of the Health 2.0 NYC meetup group, sponsored, and helped run the first events in New York in 2008 and 2009.
Kate Milliken has been passionate about telling stories all her life. She worked long and hard as a successful producer on The View at ABC and has transitioned in telling the profound intimate stories – reflecting the most personal moments – of people living with chronic illness. She is the founder of MyCounterpane.com an online platform where patients and caregivers share first-hand “moments” around illness using video, creating communities that heal while collecting a new kind of critical dataset that hospitals and organizations have been seeking. MyCounterpane believes that people have more power to help heal themselves than science really understands yet. Our users document their moments based on how they feel. Their expression and connection to others who “get it” give perspective on their own journey and introduce a way for them to use their experience to help others. We’re helping people mitigate their feelings of loneliness, as those feelings have a startling effect on health and we’re working to prove that people on My Counterpane are not only feeling better, but becoming better in their health and in their lives.
Kate lives in Bronxville, New York with her husband and two young children, a 7-year old son who aspires to throw 3 pointers on a basketball court like Steph Curry and a 5-year daughter who wages a daily battle against the hairbrush. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Connecticut College.
Frank Ricotta is an accomplished CEO and CTO with 30+ years of experience empowering people, building companies, and creating innovative solutions. having been able to combine his love for people and building high performance teams with creating and applying innovative technologies. Strong entrepreneurial, problem solving, and communication skills allow him to see what “can be”, resulting in a relentless pursuit to create world-class solutions that capitalize on market opportunities. Frank is a life long learner that possesses a healthy balance of business, leadership, and technology acumen, providing a foundation for success regardless of company size and industry.
BurstIQ™ is a leading healthcare blockchain data company. The company offers a HIPAA-compliant OEM B2B platform that seamlessly leverages blockchain technology through machine intelligence to enable healthcare businesses and individuals to access, understand, and control their health data. The BurstIQ OEM B2C Ecosystem allows for new monetization of individual and business data to transact through a network of marketplaces for personalized products and services, value-added B2B services, research opportunities, and peer-to-peer networks. The BurstIQ platform and Ecosystem work together to improve the advanced security of big health data, increase health access and personal empowerment, reduce healthcare costs, and enable new insights and care models. It’s not just your data. It’s your life.
Visit BurstIQ to learn more: www.BurstIQ.com
Allison Ferlito, M.S. is an advocate and the creator of Very Light, No Sugar, a website chronicling life with type 1 diabetes and related healthcare engagement. Her professional background is in Veterans benefits, and she has received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration and Management. Allison is a Stanford Medicine X (MedX) Scholar, and she has served on the MedX advisory board. She looks forward to connecting with other creatively-driven healthcare folks at MedStartr!
Jay has been dedicated to helping people reach their health goals though scalable technologies that engage, inform and change behavior. In order to better deliver on this mission, in 2017 Jay joined Livongo, a consumer digital health company that empowers people with chronic conditions to live a better life. Livongo is inspired by the creative intersection of people, technology, and data science to bend the cost curve and significantly improve the quality of life for people living with chronic diseases.
Jay previously helped drive the tremendous growth of several early stage and established organizations as a business development executive, working health plans and employers, including Omada Health, ShapeUp, Best Doctors, WebMD, and OptumHealth where he helped solve big health challenges within a customer’s population from a financial, clinical, and quality of life perspective.
An expert in driving massive growth for early stage companies that need to sell into the complex sales environment of healthcare, we are pleased to have him come speak on the topic this year.
Sahar Zodeh took her BS in political science seriously. She entered the Political and scientifically challenging world of health care first as consultant for Nexera and then as Accounts executive at KPMG.
She soon founds herself sitting on boards and grew up ladder quickly to land as Chief of staff Acute and Ambulatory Care at NYC Health and Hospitals.
Sahar has worked with Pager, Weight Watchers, and Happtique, Inc. which makes her well rounded and particularly able to share perspectives from the startup side to the consulting side to the policy side.
Sahar has been endorsed for her Business Development, Strategic Planning, and Management and startup skills.
Jen Horonjeff, PhD, is the Founder & CEO of Savvy Cooperative, an online marketplace for patient insights. Jen was diagnosed as an infant with multiple chronic conditions and is a passionate patient advocate. She earned her PhD in Environmental Medicine at NYU, is a patient-centered outcomes researcher at Columbia University Medical Center, and a human factors consultant. She is also an FDA Consumer Representative and joining the Executive Committee of OMERACT, a 25-yr old organization championing patient involvement in research. Jen uses her personal and professional experiences to make sure that the future of healthcare is co-designed with patients.
Savvy Cooperative is a patient-owned co-op that accelerates the development of patient-centered solutions by taking the guess work out of what patients want. Savvy provides an online marketplace for patient insights, where companies can seamlessly request patient input through forums, surveys, interviews, product-testing, etc, and its network of diverse patients can learn about opportunities to share their experiences and expertise. Imagine healthcare co-designed with patients, that’s Savvy!
Donna Cusano has been co-organizing Health 2.0 NYC events since 2010 and is one of the key leaders that has helped develop and run over 100 healthcare innovation events in NYC and across the US. She is a strategic marketer, communicator, and advisor in the field of healthcare services and technology that improves the lives of older adults, those with chronic conditions, and the disabled–and is also an accredited journalist/editor covering the health tech field.
- Editor in Chief for Telehealth & Telecare Aware, an independent review of international health tech news and opinion for a professional audience–written by professionals for professionals.
- As a marketing consultant (Allegro Marketing & Communications), she advises startup and early-stage growth companies in increasing brand leadership, positioning, customer engagement, and business. At present, she is consulting for several companies in healthcare tech and app security.
Previously, she was Marketing Director for Viterion Corporation, a pioneering telehealth developer, and headed marketing for the first commercial developer of behavioral telecare, Living Independently Group/QuietCare (now part of Intel Care Innovations).
Donna is a co-host/organizer for MedStartr/Health 2.0 NYC and a MedStartr mentor. Telehealth & Telecare Aware has been a media partner of both since 2010.
Partner, Co-Chair — Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Group at McCarter & English, LLP
MedStartr Note: Joe Daniels has been an active part of Health 2.0 NYC since 2010, sponsoring our events and helping us grow. He also works with all our portfolio companies as needed and does all the legal work of MedStartr and MedStartr Ventures. An Attorney who truly understands what startups need and how to help them get there, we can offer no higher recommendation for a healthcare startup than Joe Daniels.
Joe Daniels represents companies from startups to publicly-held technology, life science and consumer companies, venture capital and private equity funds and investment banks in a wide range of seed and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other public offerings. He regularly advises a broad range of startups, venture-backed companies and VC funds, and has led hundreds of venture and strategic financing transactions. He has helped companies and private equity firms handle scores of merger, acquisition and disposition transactions. Additionally, he has represented issuers and underwriters in dozens of IPOs and follow-on public offerings involving companies in the technology, life sciences and consumer sectors, including leading investment banks such as Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Oppenheimer.
Mr Daniels also serves as outside general counsel for numerous companies, assisting them with everything from day-to-day business transactions to multinational strategic alliance transactions ranging from technology and distribution partnerships to joint ventures.
Ben Berlin spent decades in a courtroom litigating and learning to think on his feet. Those skills served him well at The Lucky Hedgehog Company, Inc. where he helped patients navigate an often thorny system. He has been relentless and effective in managing details, active listening, and rolling up his sleeves to Get Things Done in order to deliver a better result for his clients. He has negotiated medical bills settlements for cents on the dollar, helped clients obtain needed medicines expeditiously, and had medicare coverage reinstated after denials. Ben fights for his clients and wins.
Ben also has forayed into Business earning a Masters from Fordham and working for Archie Comics Entertainment, and CBS Consumer Products. His analytical thinking and active listening have enabled him to powerfully execute, launch and operate two successful businesses serving 1000’s. His tenacity has, on more than one occasion, allowed him to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat; which inures to the benefits of the organizations he works with.
Ben earned his JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School, his MS from Fordham Business and his BA from Yeshiva University
Sarianne Gruber is a marketing analytics management and statistics expert with focused experience on health-related outcomes & research for tracking, reporting and decision making. She established SG Healthcare Analytics LLC in 2010 and in that capacity has serviced top-tier market research firms, medical institutions, and pharmaceutical companies. Currently, she is collaborating on predictive analytic models to reduce AMI, HF and Pneumonia readmissions. Sarianne is a contributing editor to Answers Media/RCM Answers and occasionally to Telehealth & Telecare Aware.
Sarianne holds an MS in Management Science from New York University, an MPH in Biostatistics from Yale University, and a BA in Bio-Computing from Goucher College.
Stuart Hochron, MD, JD serves as Chief Medical Officer and Director of Uniphy Health Holdings LLC. Dr. Hochron has more than 30 years experience advising healthcare systems, hospitals, and physicians. He is co-founder of Uniphy Health, LLC, a company whose applications increase hospital revenue and reduce cost by improving workflow efficiencies and strengthening provider networks. Dr. Hochron is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Rutgers Medical School, is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, and has co-authored more than fifteen scientific articles in the field of respiratory physiology.
Stuart received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College, and his J.D. degree from Rutgers Law School.
Walter is a healthcare leader in the Price Waterhouse Coopers Corporate Finance LLC practice, providing mergers and acquisition advisory and capital raise services for technology, tech-enabled and traditional payor and provider healthcare organizations.
He acquired his M.B.A at the Simon Business School of the University of Rochester and has worked for Shatik Hammond, Cain Brothers and PwC in Mergers and Acquisitions on the Healthcare Sector.
Adam Dakin serves as the Managing Director of the Dreamit Health accelerator program.
Adam has held various senior management roles in sales, marketing, product development, clinical affairs, operations, and general management. His career has focused exclusively on building early stage venture-backed health tech companies having co-founded five health technology companies which have raised over $60M in early stage capital. He is also the co-founder of the PLEXUS Innovation Hub, a Philadelphia-based co-working space focused on early stage health technology companies.
Most recently, Adam served as CEO of PhotoSonix Medical, a company he co-founded that is developing a consumer device for acne. Previously, he served as the CEO of Bioconnect Systems and X-SITE Medical (acquired by Maquet Getinge Group).
Adam serves on the boards of PhotoSonix Medical and ActiveProtective Corp. He is the co-chair of the PACT medical technology advisory board and serves as a Mentor at the Penn Center for Innovation. Adam was awarded the PACT MedTech Leadership Award in 2014. He is a named inventor on seven U.S. patents. He holds a BSE from the Wharton School and an MBA from UCLA.
Grace Cordovano, PhD is dedicated to fostering private, personalized patient advocacy services; specializing in the oncology space. She strategically and compassionately guides her clients through survivorship or end-of-life care, ensuring they are armed with the most pertinent, medically credible, easy to understand information so as to make empowered decisions about their care. Grace is a firm believer in the continuous advancement and improvement of cancer patient experiences through the infusion of empathetic design and thinking into current healthcare paradigms. Grace frequently questions the status quo and leaves no stone or process unturned in her quest to improve overall patient experiences across the continuum of patient care. She’s motivated to have patient and caregiver stories included throughout the entire healthcare ecosystem and prides herself as a patient voice activator.
Additional areas of expertise include collaborative partnerships with academic institutions, clinical healthcare providers, and pharmaceutical/biotech sectors to promote the patient and caregiver’s voice.
Grace holds a BA from Drew University, and both an MS and PhD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
David Harlow is Principal of The Harlow Group LLC, a health care law and consulting firm based in the Hub of the Universe, Boston, MA. His twenty-five years’ experience in the public and private sectors affords him a unique perspective on legal, policy and business issues facing the health care community. David is adept at assisting clients of all shapes and sizes in developing new paradigms for their business organizations, relationships and processes so as to maximize the realization of organizational goals in a highly regulated environment, in realms ranging from health data privacy and security to digital health strategy to physician-hospital relationships to facilities development to the avoidance of fraud and abuse. He’s been called “an expert on HIPAA and other health-related law issues who knows more than virtually anyone on those topics.” (Forbes.com.) His award-winning blog, HealthBlawg, is highly regarded in both the legal and health policy blogging worlds. David is a charter member of the external Advisory Board of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network and the Public Policy Chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and has served in other leadership and advisory roles in legal and health care organizations. He speaks regularly before health care and legal industry groups on business, policy and legal matters. You should follow him on Twitter.
David, a MedStartr Mentor and a judge in many of our Crowd Challenges, holds and AB from Brown University and a JD and MPH from Boston University.
Francie Grace is a Social media strategist, writer, editor, producer, public speaker, healthcare reform advocate and artist, with a background in network news and public policy, and a passion for technology that makes democracy more possible now than ever before. She can catch and hold an audience and:
As a social media strategist – launched a variety of brands spoke about social media at the #140 Characters Conference and the NY Press Club Journalism Conference.
As a healthcare reformer – was chosen to be part of the 2012 White House State of the Union Tweetup, was on Healthdatapalooza Steering Committee, the White House Healthcare Advisory Council and had been a regular presence at Medstartr events.
Francie is an artist, vegan life advocate, and holds many awards and press credits as well as a degree from Smith College.
Sally Lindsay is a creative problem solver looking to contribute in the fields of social entrepreneurship, human-centered design, city planning, product development, architecture, real estate, or other design or Urban Studies related fields.
She is a major force in Venture for America building startup businesses in New Orleans quickly become the Strategy and Business Development Manager at the New Orleans Business Alliance.
Sally combines experience in engineering, human-centered design, social media, teaching, Mandarin, marketing, entrepreneurship and clientele relations to support businesses that fly.
Sally earned a degree from Columbia University in Urban Studies and Social Psychology and attended the School for International Training and New York University Shanghai.
Dr. George Mathew is the Chief Medical Officer North America of DXC Technology, the spin out of the HP Enterprise division. Previously Dr. Mathews was a medical director at ActiveHealth Management, an Aetna company, leading the Quality Measures and Analytics team. Dr. Mathew is a graduate of Boston University’s Accelerated Medical Program, and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business/Health Sector Management program. He completed his Internal Medicine residency through Yale University and has worked in various positions for companies such as General Electric, Goldman Sachs, and Pfizer. He currently is an assistant professor at New York Medical College/Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American College of Medical Quality and Certified in Medical Quality by the ABMQ. George also serves as a Physician Panelist at Doximity, a physician social network, a Board Advisor for CarePredict, a medical device start-up for remote elderly monitoring, a MedStartr Mentor and contributes to local health IT startups.
Dr. Kumar is a long time healthcare angel investor, Staff Gastroenterologist for the VA, Senior Faculty at Stony Brook University and a member of the MedStartr Investment Review Committee. He has also served as a TEDMED Scholar, as Chair of the GI Drugs Advisory Committee at the FDA, and been involved as Entrepreneur, Investor, and Adviser to numerous healthcare startups.
Dr. Kumar holds a degree from Emory University where he did clinical research in Gastroenterology and Hepatology as well as an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Jim Lebret is an academic physician, consultant and advisor in digital health; always looking for innovations (tech or not) that bring the best value to patients, providers and payers.
An Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical Innovation at New York University and Director of Code Team Leaders at Bellevue Hospital, Jim is a Fellow in the Institute for Innovations in Medical Education (IIME) and Director for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TIE @NYUMC).
He has leveraged relationships at Apple, Cornell Tech, Google, Mount Sinai, Columbia, Northwell, Pfizer, DOH, HHS, Accenture, Sharecare, the New York Times, CityMD, Blueprint Health, IBM-Watson, Oscar, Cloud Medx, HITLAB, UCSF, Stanford, MedicineX, Health 2.0, Medstartr, and Kaiser Permanente to help companies Cohere Health, LifeTrend achieve the best healthcare products possible.
Dr. Lebret graduated Cornell University with a degree in Neurobiology and Behavior in 2000, became a Fulbright Scholar, attended medical school in Minnesota, and spent a year treating undeserved patients in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, India and Nepal before completing residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Daniel Rothman joined Mymee first as an advisor. He soon fell in love with the product and mission and decided to come on board full time. While finishing his undergrad at Brown University, he co-founded Zeo, a sleep technology company. While completing his Healthcare Executive MBA; he launched another business, PeraHealth, a life-saving EMR application that identifies patient health trends. He joined CityMD in 2012, and grew it from 4 locations to 56 while securing $95M in funding. He serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Mymee with the mission to improve the lives of people living with autoimmune disorders through data driven health coaching.
Daniel Holds a BS in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University as well as a Healthcare Executive MBA from University of California: Irvine.
YiDing Yu, MD, is founder of Twiage, Chief Innovation Engineer at Atrius Health, and a practicing internist. A published researcher and 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovator, YiDing is passionate about improving health care. During her residency, she founded Twiage to replace outdated radio systems used by ambulances and hospitals that contribute to delays in care. She is the recipient of numerous awards and her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe.
Dr. Yu holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and earned her MD form Duke University School of Medicine.
Andre Berger, MD, is a renowned physician who has been practicing in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles California since 1978. He has strong professional experience with operations, medical management, and consulting; having done so for Managed Care for the last 36 years. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of managed care plans and an inherent desire to change patient care.
Dr. Berger received his Medical Degree from University of Ottawa and completed his residency training at McGill University.
Peter Fishauf has been scratching his entrepreneurial itch since 1975 when at the age of 26 he bought, Hospital Physician magazine, launched Physician Assistant magazine., sold both and started SCP Communications, Inc, the birthplace of Medscape. now wholly owned by WebMD. An advocate of open, transparent peer and continuous post-publishing review Peter blogs at e-patients.net, a project of the Society of Participatory Medicine and co-hosts an internet radio show and podcast, PatientPower Health Issues.
Peter’s work touches some of New York City’s best entrepreneurs at Crossix Solutions, Inc., Vitals. Prognos.ai, MedPageToday Peerstone Research, Peridrome, Apixio, Enhanced Medical Decisions, Everyday Health, TrialX, VitaPortal, and Wellthie. He worked with small-cap innovators Milestone Venture Capital Partners, LLC, the Life Sciences Angel Network, and Greycroft Partners, and operates PFKC Ltd. Corp, a digital health consultancy with small and large clients (from start-ups to big companies like Hearst and J&J). Peter’s mentoring and accelerator involvements are renown and too numerous to mention.
Fard Johnmar, Founder and President of digital health consultancy Enspektos, has produced a number of industry-first digital health initiatives. In mid-2012, Fard launched digihealth pulse, the world’s first research initiative on how ePatients perceive health technologies as well as how online and social media content impact consumer perceptions, intentions and behaviors.
In 2014, Fard launched the Digital Health Maven Project, a global initiative for health executives including the State of Digital Health Innovation Study, a research project designed to benchmark digital innovation in health globally. Fard is also co-author of ePatient 2015: 15 Surprising Trends Changing Healthcare, and his work has been covered by numerous media, including Bloomberg, Forbes, NPR, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.
Fard holds degrees from Amherst College and New York University.
Chat Razdan, Co-Founder and CEO of Care+Wear, has dedicate himself to improving patient lives working in partnership with leading hospitals, patients and clinicians to deliver innovative uses of technology such as the ultra-soft, antimicrobial, breathable and machine washable PICC Line Cover. Seeing a broader opportunity to define the healthwear industry. Chat partnered with Parsons School of Design, Oscar de la Renta and other leading designers to develop products expected in 2018 such as a re-imagined patient gown. mobility gloves for wheelchair users and more
Chat was previously an investment banker at Goldman Sachs as well as a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney and was named one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2015. Chat is a proud University of Virginia graduate with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is an active alumnus, serving on the reunions committees for both schools and on alumni boards for the University of Virginia.
Egor joined DataArt in 2006, as the Chief Architect after 17 years in the health IT industry. In his current role, Egor oversees major US accounts and contributes to closing new deals in the sector. He brings his technology expertise to advance DataArt’s business development efforts, and has contributed to a number of internal programs in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, aimed at advancing the industry expertise in the company.
Prior to DataArt, Egor worked as a software developer and software architect for several others technology firms. He has MS in Statistical Radiophysics from Voronezh State University.
Colin Hung is a results-driven marketing professional with extensive experience building and leading high-performance teams for large and start-up companies. who consistently over-achieved growth and revenue targets through innovative marketing strategies. An extremely resourceful leader Colin knows how to combine social, digital and traditional marketing into cohesive strategies that outperform competitors and open new markets and is a proven change agent who builds bridges across teams, companies and countries through openness as well as mutual respect.
Colin is passionate about patients, #HealthIT and healthcare and has expertise in branding, digital marketing, demand generation, event marketing, content marketing, ABM, social selling, client retention, product innovation, alliances, partnerships, international expansion and holding an Engineering degree form the University of Waterloo.
Daniel Piekarz leads business development efforts at DataArt’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, focusing on servicing Pharmaceutical and Healthcare organizations. Prior to joining DataArt in 2013 , Daniel held executive positions at pharmaceutical conglomerates, such as Merck Medco, and Medidata, overseeing development of prescription automation systems, production support, outsourcing and technical training.reaching over 130 countries,
A U.S. Army veteran, Daniel was deployed to Somalia during Operation Restore Hope and Condor Fury. Daniel holds an Honors Certificate in IT Networking and Security from Chubb Institute of Technology, and an Honors Diploma in Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Warfare from Army NBC Defense Facility, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science/Justice from Ramapo College.
Ben Chodor brings over 25 years of experience as a leader in the world of Business Video, Digital Health and Communications. With experience at Stream57, Intercall, Happtique, and HealthTechTalk, Ben has spent his career pioneering online communications through interactive and streaming content with his energetic & incomparable passion for technology.
Ben is a regular on the conference circuit, and has been called to Testify before the United States Congress. Ben hosted mHealth Zone Live, and HealthTechTalk Live, radio and streamed video shows that have showcased healthcare innovations to millions of listeners on AM radio, iHeartRadio and CBS Health. Ben serves as a mentor at MedStartr and a partner in MedStartr.tv productions,a Board Member for Sherpa Digital Media, an investor and co-founder of www.Clopsi.com & Advisor w/ReliefBand and is a contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine.
BEN’s MOTTO: You are who you choose to be everyday!!!
Anthony Manson is a pioneer in healthcare digital advertising, leading the development and winning awards for his efforts to improve healthcare and educate physicians and consumers. A dedicated leader and team builder, Anthony has effectively driven record revenue growth and scaled world class organizations such as Digitas, Everyday Health, and MedPage. With a BA in Economics from Hamilton, Anthony brings a wealth of healthcare expertise and leadership to MedStartr; yielding results that help entrepreneurs successfully match with patients, providers, partners, institutions and investors.
Anthony is a frequent speaker at industry events: Health 2.0, Doctors 2.0, and Health2.0 NYC Meet Ups.
Alex Fair started and sold his first healthcare startup while working on his Ph.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been starting, advising, mentoring, and running more than 70 new companies, corporations, accelerators and government entities enabling hundreds of new products to get to market faster and more reliably. Alex designed the NYC HealthTech Pilot program; and developed H2NYC, the world’s largest Health Innovation meetup group. MedStartr has become the leading platform for crowdfunding healthcare innovations and pioneered the CrowdChallenge model. Alex is passionate about “fixes” for Cancer and the Healthcare Industry.