Who are the entrepreneurs pushing hardest for technology advances that will connect patients with better healthcare? They’re people like Sean Duffy, who’s using the Web to help people make behavioral changes that could head off Type 2 diabetes at his startup Omada Health, and Joanne Rohde, whose company Axial Exchange is building systems that help patients stay in touch with their doctors before and after office visits.
That’s according to Rock Health, the San Francisco-based accelerator and seed fund for Health IT entrepreneurs, which named its 2013 “Top 50 in Digital Health” honorees at a downtown ceremony last night. The event helped to kick off the week-long J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and was co-hosted by Goldman Sachs, Silicon Valley Bank, and Fenwick & West.
To pick the honorees, the four sponsoring organizations drew mostly from the ranks of startup co-founders and CEOs—but the list also included a few venture investors and nonprofit and university officials, such as UCSF Chancellor Sue Desmond-Hellmann. The 50 people chosen “led the pack in making the largest impact on digital health in 2013,” the sponsors said in a joint statement. “From writing healthcare policy to steering corporate acquisitions to moving technology from the bench to the bedside, these 50 leaders are honored for their shared successes.”
Digital health ventures are poised to improve the lives of millions of people, said Micheal Esquivel, a partner in Fenwick & West’s corporate group. “While the list of change-makers far exceeds 50, it is an honor to celebrate these individuals who are dreaming big and achieving even more,” Esquivel said. “These are the people who inspire and motivate us by working to change the world for the healthier.”
On top of the 50 honorees, the evening’s organizers singled out five organizations and individuals for special recognition:
Most Prolific VC: Social+Capital Partnership
Most Prolific Corporate VC: Qualcomm Life
Entrepreneur’s Choice Award: Patrick Chung
Fastest Growing Company: Evolent Health (enterprise), Misfit (consumer)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Esther Dyson
At press time, photos for 33 out of the 50 honorees were available; they’re shown in the slide show above. For the full list of honorees and their biographical statements, compiled by Rock Health and Fenwick & West, read on:
Margaret Anderson, Executive Director, FasterCures
Margaret is a founding board member and past-president of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, is a member of the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board, the National Health Council Board of Directors, United for Medical Research Steering Committee and the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation. Previously, Margaret was the deputy director and a team leader in the Center on AIDS & Community Health at the Academy for Educational Development, program director at the Society for Women’s Health Research; health science analyst at the American Public Health Association and analyst and project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment in the Biological Applications Program.
Erika Bliss, M.D, CEO, Qliance
Erika co-founded Qliance in 2006 and was promoted to CEO in 2011. While in medical school, Erika was a founding member of the Free Clinic Project of San Diego, a student-run project that delivers primary care to homeless and indigent people. She briefly worked for the Community Health Centers of King County before accepting a permanent position at Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center in Seattle, where she served as a staff physician, Clinical Site Director and Director of Clinical Quality. Not only has Erika focused on direct patient care, she has also been involved in organized medicine and health policy through her work with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Additionally, she served on the education task force for the Future of Family Medicine Project, a national effort to chart the direction of Family Medicine for future decades.
Dan Burton, CEO, Health Catalyst
Dan became involved as an investor and as the business leader of Health Catalyst when it was a three-person startup and has since seen its triple-digit annualized revenue growth. He is also the co-founder of HB Ventures, the original investor in Health Catalyst. Dan has held positions such as CEO, President, Board Member and Chief Marketing Officer with a number of other small-to-midsized companies affiliated with HB Ventures. Prior to Health Catalyst and HB Ventures, Mr. Burton led the Corporate Strategy Group at Micron Technology. He also spent eight years with Hewlett-Packard in strategy and marketing management roles. Before joining HP he was an associate consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, where he advised healthcare systems and technology companies.
Jonathan Bush, Co-Founder, President, and CEO, Athenahealth
In 1997, Jonathan co-founded athenahealth as a women’s health practice management company and took it public in 2007. Prior to founding athenahealth, Jonathan served as an EMT for the City of New Orleans, was trained as a medic in the U.S. Army and worked as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton. In 2013, Jonathan was named “CEO of the Year” by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (whose program is dubbed the “Academy Awards” of the state’s technology sector). The Boston Business Journal recently recognized athenahealth as one of the top 20 ‘Best Places to Work’ and the company was ranked 4th in the Forbes Fast Tech 25, a list of America’s 25 fastest-growing tech companies.
Jae Chung, Founder and President, goBalto
Jae Chung founded goBalto in 2008 and has served as CEO since December 2013 when he stepped into the role of president to manage corporate strategy, sales and business development. Prior to goBalto, he cofounded Celltrion, a contract biopharmaceutical group in Asia. Chung secured contract deals with Bristol-Myers Squibb and CSL and has been credited with landing the largest biomanufacturing supply agreement in Asia to date. Prior to Celltrion, Jae was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and an accountant at KPMG. Jae has also served as the Editor in Chief of Chromosome, a weblog dedicated to the discussion of news, industry trends and issues related to clinical research, since 2008.
Patrick Chung, Partner, NEA
Patrick is co-head of NEA’s Seed-stage investing practice and a founding partner of The Experiment Fund, an on-campus venture fund founded by NEA and Harvard (www.xfund.com). He is a director of 23andMe, Curalate, Euclid, Fanhattan, Lytro, MeCommerce and Philo, and is actively involved with Coursera, CrowdMed, IFTTT, Ravel, Rock Health and Upworthy. Prior to joining NEA, Patrick helped to grow ZEFER, an Internet services firm (acquired by NEC) to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. Prior to ZEFER, Patrick was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in hardware, software and services companies.
Giovanni Colella, M.D., Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Castlight Health
Giovanni co-founded Castlight Health in 2008, along with Todd Park (currently U.S. chief technology officer and formerly the CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and Bryan Roberts of Venrock. Prior to co-founding Castlight, Giovanni was Founder, President and CEO of RelayHealth which was acquired by McKesson, and a partner at SAI, a healthcare advisory firm in New York which was sold to Perot Systems in 1997. Prior to SAI, Giovanni was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Giovanni was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and practiced psychiatry for 10 years.
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco
Susan assumed her post at UCSF in August 2009. Formerly, she served as president of product development at Genentech. Susan joined Genentech in 1995 as a clinical scientist and was named chief medical officer in 1996. In 1999, she was named executive vice president of development and product operations. Prior to joining Genentech, Susan was associate director of clinical cancer research at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute. Susan has been named by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s seven most “powerful innovators,” listed among Fortune magazine’s “top 50 most powerful women in business” and honored by the Wall Street Journal as one of its “women to watch.” In December 2013, Susan was hired as the new CEO of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, effective May 1.
M. Bridget Duffy, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Vocera
Prior to her current role, Bridget was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at ExperiaHealth, now a subsidiary of Vocera, and the Chief Experience Officer of the Cleveland Clinic. Bridget is a frequent speaker on the subject of why patient experience matters and how it impacts clinical outcomes. Her work has earned her the Quantum Leap Award for taking the risk to spur internal change in her field and has led her to be featured in HealthLeaders magazine as one of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” Bridget’s work has included creating one of the nation’s first Hospitalist programs, leading the movement to integrate complimentary therapies with traditional medical therapies to improve health outcomes and a founding member of the Bakken Heart Brain Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
Sean Duffy, Co-Founder and CEO, Omada Health
Sean is an entrepreneur at heart: while working for Google’s People Analytics division, he created Excel Everest software to train Google employees to become Excel ninjas. Sean was also a rising star within IDEO’s Health & Wellness practice, where he on worked on innovations ranging from medication adherence to new models of primary care. Sean also writes for edgadget.com. He was named one of the “40 Under 40″ Top Medtech Innovators by MDDI.
Esther Dyson, Chairman, HICCup
Esther is an active angel investor in health (as well as space travel, Russian Internet, etc.). She is currently setting up HICCup, an initiative to set up citywide health intervention programs in several cities. Esther maintains board seats at EDventures, WPP Group, IBS Group, Meetup, Eventful.com, Yandex, 23andMe, Sunlight Foundation and Credo Ventures. She sold her business EDventure Holdings to CNET Networks in 2004. Esther is a quantified-selfer with her genome published at personalgenome.org.
Judy Faulkner, Founder and CEO, Epic Systems
Judy founded Epic in 1979 with the original name of Human Services Computing. She taught computer science for several years in the University of Wisconsin system and before working as a healthcare software developer, creating one of the first databases organized around a patient record. In 2013 Forbes magazine called her “the most powerful woman in healthcare.” Faulkner graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Dickinson College and Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin.
Naomi Fried, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital
As the first CIO of Boston Children’s Hospital, Naomi is building the Innovation Acceleration Program which focuses on enhancing the innovation culture by supporting strategic innovation initiatives resourcing grass roots innovation, and identifying unmet innovation opportunities. Previously, she was the Vice President of Innovation and Advanced Technology at Kaiser Permanente (KP) and Managing Director of KP’s Archimedes Project. Before KP, Naomi advised two venture capital firms on life science and health care information technology investments, served as the General Manager and Vice President for Business Development of 1747 and was instrumental in the formation of the medical informatics internet start-up company (e-SKOLAR, formerly SHINE) spun out of Stanford School of Medicine, serving as interim President for its first year.
Ron Gutman, Founder and CEO, HealthTap
Ron is responsible for HealthTap’s innovation, vision and product. Ron is also an avid public speaker and writer, frequently presenting at health and technology conferences (such as TED, SXSW and Health 2.0) and contributing pieces about technology, health and smiling in leading publications (such as Forbes, the Huffington Post, and TEDBooks). Additionally, he serves as the Curator of TEDx Silicon Valley. Prior to founding HealthTap, Ron was the founder and CEO of a leading online consumer health 2.0 company that developed the world’s largest community of independent health writers and became one of the largest health sites on the Internet, serving more than 100 million users to date (acquired in early 2009). Ron is an angel investor and advisor to health and technology companies, Rock Health, Stanford’s Medicine X and Harvard Medical School’s SMArt Initiative (“Substitutable Medical Apps, reusable technologies”).
Ryan Howard, Founder and CEO, Practice Fusion
Ryan founded Practice Fusion in 2005 and has grown it into the largest physician-patient community in the US. Serving over 75 million patients, the platform connects doctors, pharmacies, labs, and imaging centers to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges. Ryan has spoken on health technology and innovation at Microsoft, Stanford, UC Berkeley, HIMSS, SDForum and Commonwealth Club events and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Wired as an innovative leader in the sector. He has been recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 by the San Francisco Business Times, Silicon Valley 100 by Business Insider and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
David Icke, Founder and CEO, MC10
Dave Icke joined MC10 as CEO in March 2009. Dave built his career growing and scaling businesses that solve customer problems with breakthrough technology. Dave understands semiconductor manufacturing, starting as a process engineer at Cypress Semiconductor, then helping chipmakers worldwide quickly ramp their fabs in different leadership roles over 11 years at KLA-Tencor. He then led and grew several businesses in semiconductor test equipment at Teradyne. In 2005, he took the plunge into the startup world with Advanced Electron Beams, a venture-backed cleantech company with a disruptive platform technology serving multiple markets.
Elli Kaplan, Co-founder and CEO, Neurotrack
Elli’s career spans two decades in the public and private sectors, at the White House, the State and Treasury Departments, and the United Nations Development Program. Her roles have included COO at Flashpoint, VP Business Development at Activate3D, VP Investor Relations and Research at Cousins Properties and Executive Director at Peachtree Corridor Taskforce. She has also held senior positions with AIG Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs and multiple startups.
Mike Keriakos, Co-founder and CEO, Everyday Health
Mike and co-founder Ben Wolin started Everyday Health in a kitchen in Brooklyn in 2002. Now, with more than 20 different digital health properties, the company reaches 38 million consumers a month and one-third of all health care professionals. Mike is responsible for the strategic direction of product portfolio and growing the consumer and professional businesses. He has spearheaded efforts to expand the company’s media footprint, including partnerships with AOL, Google’s YouTube, and he brought the weekly TV series, Everyday Health, to ABC stations in 95% of the country. Prior to founding Everyday Health, Mike worked on the media sales teams at Beliefnet, Inc and iVillage. He began his career at Procter & Gamble.
Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures
Upon graduation of his MBA at Stanford, Vinod was one of the three founders of Daisy Systems. The company went on to achieve significant revenue, profits, and an IPO, but Khosla, driven by the frustration of having to design the computer hardware on which the Daisy software needed to be built, started the standards-based Sun Microsystems in 1982 to build workstations for software developers. In 1986, Vinod switched sides and joined Kleiner Perkins, where he was and continues to be a general partner of KPCB funds through KP X. In 2004, Vinod, formed Khosla Ventures. He has a passion for nascent technologies that can have a beneficial effect and economic impact on society. His greatest passion is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, helping them build technology-based businesses. Khosla is a charter member of TiE and founding board member of the Indian School of Business. His current passion is social entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on microfinance as a poverty alleviation tool.
Tim Kress-Spatz, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, KitCheck
Tim has been programming since the age of 9 and started his professional career on Wall St. building highly-scalable consumer and enterprise websites and trading systems. He continued his career focusing on the digital needs of the world’s largest consumer brands. His first startup, Ambush.TV, was created to capitalize on the burgeoning online video space. Tim then led the architecture design and system development for Kit Check’s hospital pharmacy kit processing solution. His experience in consumer technology shapes his focus on bringing friendly software to the hospital pharmacy that is easy to install, easy to use and delivers measurable benefits.
Lisa Maki, Co-founder and CEO, PokitDok
Lisa brings over 20 years of experience in the technical industry designing consumer and enterprise software and businesses for Fortune 100 companies and startups. Before founding PokitDok, Lisa co-founded BeliefNetworks, a predictive analytics and semantic intelligence technology startup focused on content and advertising optimization. Lisa has also held several roles at Microsoft, including Director of Program Management for all consumer products.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO, Care.com
Sheila founded Care.com in 2006 and today, the company is the largest online care destination in the world, with more than 8.8 million members across 16 countries. Sheila’s passion for technology developed during her time as a management consultant and a teaching fellow at Harvard Business School. Her growing appreciation for the power of technology to help solve real problems for people led her to Upromise, where she was VP of Product Management and Marketing for the service that helped families save for college, and then to executive search engine TheLadders.com, where she was VP and General Manager of TheLadders.com. Following TheLadders, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners. Sheila is a finalist judge for Harvard Business School’s annual Business Plan Competition. A frequent speaker on female entrepreneurship, women in technology and female leadership, Sheila founded WomenUp.org to increase women’s roles in the global economy by providing leadership training, mentorship and support to girls and women through every stage of their lives and careers.
Cyrus Massoumi, Founder and CEO, ZocDoc
Cyrus founded ZocDoc in 2007 after rupturing an eardrum and struggling for four painful days to find a doctor. Prior to ZocDoc, Cyrus served as an Engagement Manager at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he focused on healthcare and technology. In 1999, Cyrus founded his first business, a web startup specializing in e-commerce management tools. During the prior year, he worked in Austin, Texas, for Trilogy Software, which recruited Cyrus upon his graduation from the Wharton School. Cyrus’ most proud and humbling distinction to date is ZocDoc’s recognition by Crain’s New York Business as the Best Place to Work in New York.
John Mattison, M.D.. Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente
John began his medical career at the UCSD and Scripps Clinic where he practiced in many clinical settings. He joined the SCAL region of Kaiser-Permanente in 1989 and was appointed as Assistant Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). John is an active spokesman and proponent for international health data standards and was the founding visionary for the international XML standards for health record exchange resulting in the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) and the Continuity of Care Document (CCD). John has testified before various federal agencies on Health IT policy including issues related to privacy and security.
Stephen McHale, Co-founder and CEO, Explorys
Stephen served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Everstream, a company he founded in 1999, which Sold to Concurrent in 2005. In 1985, Stephen founded McHale and Associates, Incorporated, a USConnect regional office where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Stephen was a founding investor and served on the board of directors and as CEO of USConnect, an international systems integrator. Stephen is Managing Director of 23Bell LLC Investments and an active Advisory Board Member to Genesis Inventions. Stephen serves on the board of directors for the Center for Families and Children, the Kent State University Health Informatics Advisory Council and the investment screening committee for the North Coast Angel Fund. He is also an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization.
Tom McKinley, Partner, Cardinal Partners
Thomas is the West Coast Representative for Cardinal Partners. Prior to joining Cardinal, Thomas was the Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Partech International. Thomas has over 30 years of investment experience with a track record of helping entrepreneurs create significant and successful enterprises. His investments include Ascend Communications (ASND acquired by Lucent Technologies), Automated Healthcare (acquired by McKesson), Medicode (acquired by United Healthcare) and VISICU (EICU acquired by Philips). Most recently, Thomas has made investments in Medley Health and lifeIMAGE. He currently serves on the board of directors of TelaDoc, Medley Health and lifeIMAGE.
Ann Miura-Ko, Co-founding Partner, Floodgate
Ann’s investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, security and big data. Her board seats include Modcloth, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Wanelo, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Rise and Inscopix. She was previously a board member and lead seed investor of TaskRabbit and Lyft. In addition to serving at Floodgate, Ann is a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security. Prior to joining Floodgate, Ann worked at Charles River Ventures and McKinsey and Company.
Mikki Nasch, Co-founder and CEO, The Activity Exchange
A 20-year veteran of deal-making in the software, finance and telecom industries, Mikki was VP of Market Management at Fair Isaac below founding AchieveMint. She has held leadership positions in the incubation phase of numerous startups, including Brightspark Group. Mikki was a founding member of BlackWeb Technologies and managed European business development projects at AT&T Business Network, Europe Online and Reuters. She began her career as a network engineer for the U.S. and European governments.
Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and Managing Partner, The Social+Capital Partnership
Chamath founded Social+Capital, an investor collection fund that incubates and invests in breakthrough companies in healthcare, education, financial services, mobile and enterprise software. Preceding his focus as an investor, Chamath was the longest tenured member of Facebook’s senior executive team and helped drive its ascension to one of the most important companies in the world. Prior to Facebook, Chamath had leading roles at The Mayfield Fund, AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ and Winamp. In addition to his focus at the fund, Chamath is Owner and Director of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
James Park, Co-founder and CEO, Fitbit
James is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating great products and companies. Fitbit is the third startup that he has founded. Previously, James was a Director of Product Development at CNET Networks, where he led product management, engineering and design for Webshots. Before CNET, James was a co-founder of Windup Labs, which was acquired by CNET in 2005, and prior to Windup Labs, he was the co-founder and CTO of Epesi Technologies. James also worked at Morgan Stanley, where he helped develop trading strategies and software for a quantitative trading fund.
Alan Portela, CEO, AirStrip
Alan has more than 25 years of experience in bringing groundbreaking medical technology solutions to market. He originally joined AirStrip as a senior advisor and member of the Board of Directors prior to his appointment as CEO in 2011. Prior to joining AirStrip, Alan was CEO and principal of Hybrid Clinical Transformation where he developed successful EHR adoption strategies for the U.S. Military Health System and much of the Veterans Health Administration. He also served as President and Chief Strategist at CliniComp and in senior executive roles in several innovative healthcare technology and service organizations.
Bryan Roberts, Ph.D., Partner, Venrock
Bryan joined Venrock as a Kauffman Fellow in 1997 after previously holding positions in corporate finance at Kidder and Peabody & Co. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Achaogen, Castlight Health and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in addition to serving on the Board of several other private companies. Past investments include athenahealth, Illumina and Sirna Therapeutics (acquired by Merck). Bryan was named a Henry Crown Fellow by the Aspen Institute in 2006 and has been the highest-ranking healthcare investor on Forbes’ Midas List since 2008.
Joanne Rohde, CEO, Axial Exchange
Joanne brings 30 years of relevant experience growing companies using disruptive business models. At Axial, Joanne has already led the company to national recognition, attracting the Mayo Clinic as a business partner and investor, winning the HHS/ONC Transition of Care Contest, and being selected as a company to watch at Morgenthaler’s prestigious DC to VC Conference, while building a client roster of top-tier healthcare organizations. Former COO and Director of Health IT Strategy of Red Hat, Joanne and her team created a new operational and service model that propelled Red Hat through the “J curve” of revenue growth from $100 to $500 million. As CIO of UBS Investment Banking IT, she oversaw a $1+ billion annual budget and 1,500 mission-critical systems, and helped globalize an industry that works on information and milliseconds.
Leslie Saxon, M.D., Founder and Executive Director, The USC Center for Body Computing
Leslie is a Professor of clinical medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias in patients with congestive heart failure. After serving as the director of the electrophysiology laboratory and implantable device services at UC San Francisco, Leslie was recruited to serve as the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at USC. In 2010, Leslie formed the USC Center for Body Computing which aims to accelerate the successful development of ideas and innovative products in the wireless health space through cross-disciplinary work with various USC programs in partnership with industry leaders and venture capitalists in biotechnology, telecommunications, entertainment and design. Leslie has completed over 180 publications in various medical journals and is an active member of a multitude of organizations, including The American Heart Association.
Beth Seidenberg, M.D., Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Beth focuses on life science investing and works with entrepreneurs to develop companies with breakthrough technology for treating patients and improving health. Since joining KPCB in 2005, Beth has incubated five companies and was the founding CEO of two. She currently serves on the board of directors of 3-V Biosciences, Auxogyn, Breathe Technologies, Epizyme, iPierian, Redbrick Health and TESARO. Before KPCB, Beth was senior vice president of development and chief medical officer of Amgen. Earlier in her career, she was a senior executive in research and development at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck.
Tomer Shoval, Co-founder and CEO, Simplee
Prior to Simplee, Tomer was the managing director of Shopping.com North America (an eBay company). He accelerated the growth of his business unit through distribution deals with key content and commerce publishers. Tomer helped revolutionize Shopping’s business model and content operation to better serve online merchants and create the largest e-commerce catalog at the time. Prior to that, Tomer led a global content operation unit, with over 150 content specialists in various locations.
Susan Siegel, Corporate Vice President and CEO, healthymagination GE
Sue is a 25-year industry leader with corporate and venture capital experience in growing companies that bring key enabling technologies to the forefront of biomedical research and healthcare. Prior to joining GE, she was a General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures and President and Director of Affymetrix. Sue’s other industry experience includes senior leadership positions with Amersham International, now part of GE Healthcare, E.I. DuPont & Co., Eastman Kodak and Bio-Rad. Sue served on corporate boards including Affymetrix, Pacific Biosciences, Crescendo Biosciences, RainDance Technologies, Personalis, Analyte Health, Corventis, Navigenics, On-Q-ity and Didimi. Sue was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and was featured in the bestselling business book: Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and was recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley.”
Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., Founder, Nant Health
A physician, surgeon and scientist, Patrick has pioneered treatments for both diabetes and cancer, published over 100 scientific papers and holds 50 US patents on groundbreaking advancements across myriad fields. Patrick serves as Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation; Chairman and CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health (the CSS Institute); the Healthcare Transformation Institute; National LambdaRail; and NANTWORKS. Over the course of his celebrated career, Patrick has developed and sold two multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies. Among his many positions, Patrick is the Executive Director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute and a board member of the California Telehealth Network. In 2010 the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized him as their Business Person of the Year, and the National Library of Medicine honored him with their Distinguished Medical Science Award.
Leah Sparks, Co-founder and CEO, Wildflower Health
Leah has more than a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, with a focus on creating new strategies and business models. Prior to founding Wildflower, Leah was the VP Strategy at DNA Direct by Medco (acquired by Express Scripts) after serving as the VP Business Development at DNA Direct where she sourced and structured the company’s first contracts with healthcare payors, negotiated a successful acquisition by Medco and developed new strategies to help scale the personalized medicine offering to Medco members. Leah began her career at McKesson, moving her way from Director Strategy and Business Development to VP Oncology Services.
Lisa Suennen, Co-Founder and Managing Member, Psilos Group
Lisa has headed Psilos’ West Coast office since the firm’s founding in 1998 and focuses on the healthcare information technology, healthcare services and medical technology sectors. She currently serves as a Director on the Board of several Psilos portfolio companies, including AngioScore, PatientSafe Solutions, OmniGuide and VeraLight. She is also a board member of Miraculins. Prior to Psilos, Lisa was at Merit Behavioral Care (formerly American Biodyne) where she held various senior executive roles including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Public Sector Division and Senior Vice President of Pacific Region Operations. Lisa has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator Investing in Innovations program.
Bill Taranto, President, Merck GHI Fund
Bill is responsible for building the GHI capability for Merck. He works across the strategy office, other divisional and employee groups and with external input to scout out new business opportunities outside traditional pharmaceutical and vaccine projects. Bill is also a member of the Innovative Ventures Board and serves on the leadership team with the Strategy Development Group, Strategy Realization Office and Enterprise Wide Portfolio Management leaders. Prior to joining Merck, Bill spent 18 years at Johnson & Johnson in various marketing, sales and business development roles. Bill started his career as a sales representative for Janssen Pharmaceutical and progressed through various sales and marketing positions. Prior to joining J&J, Bill spent eight years in investment banking.
Andrew Thompson, Co-founder and CEO, Proteus
A veteran of Silicon Valley bio-medical startups, Andrew was President, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of FemRx (NASDAQ IPO, acquired by JNJ) and Chief Financial Officer of CardioRhythm (acquired by Medtronic). As a consultant and venture capital investor he contributed to several successful healthcare companies including Cell Genesys, Cytotherapeutics, Northstar Neuroscience and QRx Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Thompson began his career as an industrial trainee at Metal Box PLC, and then as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton specializing in operations management. Andrew was a founding board member and Foundation President of Summit Preparatory High School, a leading charter school, featured in the Davis Guggenheim movie Waiting for Superman.
Eric Topol, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health
Eric Topol is a practicing cardiologist with Scripps Clinic and a pioneer in the field of cardiovascular medicine. Of special interest to Eric are genomics, wireless sensors, preventive cardiology (including heart attack prevention), coronary artery disease and preventive medicine. In a 2012 poll conducted by Modern Healthcare, Eric was voted as the number one Most Influential Physician Executive in the United States. An avid educator, he founded a medical school with the goal of training future generations of physician-scientists. In addition, he ran the Cleveland Clinic heart program for 14 years and brought it to the number one ranking by U.S. News and World Report for over 10 years consecutively. In 2009, Eric was selected as one of the country’s 12 “Rock Stars of Science” in GQ magazine. He was also elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine.
Sonny Vu, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO, Misfit Wearables
Sonny is the co-founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of wearable sensor products for wellness and medical applications. He is also the co-founder of AgaMatrix, which made the world’s first hardware medical device (a glucose meter) that works with the iPhone, winner of the Red Dot Design Award, and has sold over 1 billion biosensors for people with diabetes. Previously, he was CTO of a software start-up where he invented a number of machine learning-assisted natural language processing technologies.
Michael Weintraub, President and CEO, Humedica
Prior to launching Humedica, Michael served as Senior Managing Director at Leerink Swann. Previously, he was President and CEO of PHARMetrics, a health care informatics company, which was successfully sold to IMS Health in 2005. Michael has more than 30 years of experience in health care technology, information services and consulting. Michael serves as Chairman of the Board of Phreesia, a software company that develops automated patient check-in tools, and sits on the board of Anceta, the medical informatics subsidiary of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of JDRF New England Chapter – Bay State Branch. In 2010, Michael was selected to participate in 12×12, a Massachusetts initiative to multiply entrepreneurship by engaging the creativity and experience of 12 of the state’s leading CEO’s and 12 venture capitalists.
Frank Williams, CEO, Evolent Health
Frank is responsible for all aspects of Evolent Health’s strategic and operational management. He also serves as Vice Chairman of The Advisory Board, a best practices research and technology provider to the healthcare industry. During Frank’s tenure as Chairman and CEO, The Advisory Board grew to $1.8B+ in market capitalization and was ranked in the top 20 best run companies in North America by Forbes. Prior to joining The Advisory Board Company, Frank served as President of MedAmerica OnCall, President of Vivra Orthopedics and as a Management Consultant for Bain & Co. He currently serves on the boards of Privia Health and Head-Royce School.
Anne Wojcicki, Co-founder and CEO, 23andMe
Anne worked for 10 years overseeing healthcare investments at Investor AB and Passport Capital, focusing on biotechnology companies. In 2006, she left the investing world with the hope that she could have a positive impact on research and medicine, and she founded 23andMe with Linda Avey. Anne saw a need for creating a way to generate more personalized information, so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. Forbes named Anne to the list of Power Women 2013: Women to Watch This Year.
Julie Yoo, C0-founder and Chief Product Officer, Kyruus
Julie was previously the VP of Clinical Product Strategy at Generation Health where she oversaw the development of the company’s clinical programs and data analytics platform. Julie also led the Product Management efforts at Knome, the private arm of George Church’s Personal Genome Project, where she developed and launched a bioinformatics platform for conducting individualized genomic sequence analysis. Julie’s passion for data-driven businesses began as a software engineer at Endeca Technologies, where she ultimately helped to lead Endeca’s efforts in the health care industry as a Sales Engineer for Strategic Accounts.
Jack Young, Director, Qualcomm Life
Jack heads up the $100M Qualcomm Life Fund (QLF) at Qualcomm Ventures, which was recently ranked as one of the most prolific venture investors in the digital health sector. His investment interests are focused in the areas of intersection of healthcare products and services and digital/wireless technologies including. Jack’s QLF digital health investments include: Airstrip, AliveCor, ClearCare, Fitbit, goBalto and Telcare. Prior to Qualcomm, Jack was EVP and US Country Manager at ZTE who helped establish the company’s US market presence. He was a sales and marketing executive at Nokia following the acquisition of Amber Networks where he was founding AVP of marketing.
Jessica Zeaske, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Development, Lemhi Ventures
Jessica began her career writing software for a start-up health care delivery company. She moved to a merchant bank, Greenspring Advisors, where she worked exclusively with companies in the health care services sector. She developed experience in licensing and intellectual property management as Start-up Manager at Oregon Health and Science University and as Associate Director and co-founder of the Venture Center at the University of Minnesota. Jessica is a past board member of OneHealth Solutions and currently serves on the board of PlanSource.
Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy.