Michele is President of ClearSounds Communications, Chicago-based, small women’s business enterprise that designs, manufacturers and distributes sound enhanced and high dB gain products for the boomer, senior and caregiver market. ClearSounds is a leading provider of niche telephone and patent-pending communication products that change lives. Michele literally grew up in the assistive technology business working with her parents who founded the “mother” company, HITEC 30 years ago. Having Massive Positive Impact is the foundation of ClearSounds success. Michele currently serves on the vendor advisory board for national audiology and hearing health publications and is a published author of industry related articles on assistive technology. In addition, Michele is the current Secretary of the AgeTEK Alliance Board which promotes the awareness of and brings high-technology to senior products. An avid runner & triathlete, Michele is a firm believer in technology as a tool to improve quality of life.
Having successfully completed and placed top ten in several IronMan 140.6 and 70.3 competitions and participated in National’s for Canada in swimming, it’s safe to say Ian knows athletics. On the business side, Ian has successfully brought a small start-up through its third round of acquisition, and maintained its elite status in the storage industry over the last eight years.
Ian brings vision, leadership and an uncanny ability to merge technology and sales cycles to the 4iiii’s team.
Doug Beaudet is Global Director of Experience Design at Whirlpool Corporation, where he is architecting new ways for consumers to do more with their appliances. He leads an international team of sensorial designers and user experience specialists in five Global Consumer Design studios. Doug enjoys creating engaging user experiences for next-generation products, and believes that we are all ready for a new age in home appliances. His past work includes designing user experiences for consumer, commercial and health imaging products at Eastman Kodak Company. Doug is a co-inventor on 10 U. S. and international patents, with a number of others pending. He has a MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Human Factors from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Tina is chief data and analytics officer of OptumInsight. She was previously president and head of Aetna Integrated Informaticssm, and prior to joining Aetna in 2001, she served as the vice president of HealthCare Economics at Cigna, as vice president of Health System Development at Partners Healthcare System in Boston, and as vice president for Medical Management of UnitedHealthcare’s New England health plan.
Tina is a certified managed care executive who received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her master’s degree in health administration from Framingham State College. She has completed post-graduate work in health informatics and is a frequent guest lecturer on managed care and applied health services research.
Tina is a member of the board of trustees of the Connecticut Health Foundation, a board member of the Aurora Foundation, and a former member of the board of the Aetna Foundation.
Zachary Bujnoch is a Senior Research Analyst with the Frost & Sullivan North America Healthcare Practice. He focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market dynamics in the patient monitoring industry in North America. Since joining Frost & Sullivan in January 2007, Bujnoch is specializing in ECG and heart monitoring services and products. Prior to this, Bujnoch worked as a Quality Engineer in Argon Medical, a medical device company. There he was responsible for wide array of corrective and preventative actions (CAPA) along with FDA/ISO compliance. As a student at Texas A&M, his research interests were Bio-imaging and Biomechanics.
Karl-Johan is Head of Developer Relations at Sony Ericsson. His work includes daily contact with external developers. He has a broad background working with both Developer Partners and Operator Customers since 2002. Above all, he is responsible for the Sony Ericsson Developer Program outreach and architecture for supporting external developers.
Steven Dean has over 25 years’ experience in the medical device and semiconductor fields and sets Freescale’s Healthcare strategy as their Global Healthcare Segment Lead.
Steve’s prior roles in industry include Medical Marketing Director at Texas Instruments and Director of Business Development of Medtronic Corporation. Steve’s eight year stint with Medtronic Microelectronics in Tempe, AZ included experiences in operations, applications, marketing and business development within their semiconductor division.
Steve obtained his degree in Electronic Engineering from Purdue University, with postgraduate work in Business. Steve’s leisure pursuits include spending time with his wife Kathy of 26 years, his three children, sailing in the tropics, brewing beer and wrenching on one of his six automobiles.
John de Souza is the President and CEO of MedHelp. Prior to MedHelp, John was at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Vice President managing the Technology Practice of the Private Equity Group. Mr. de Souza was a co-founder and director of Smartleaf, a financial software company providing separate account management solutions. Previously, he was the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at D.E. Shaw Financial Technology, an internet start-up company (sold to Merrill Lynch) that developed online real-time brokerage systems for retail brokerage firms. Mr. de Souza was a co-founder of Flash Communications, an Internet start-up company (sold to Microsoft) that developed real-time two way messaging systems for corporations. He received a BS and an MS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs in France.
Andy Donner is a Director with Physic Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm which invests in consumer health and sustainable living companies. At Physic Ventures, Mr. Donner focuses on investments in the Connected Health sector which includes digital media, health monitoring, innovative care delivery, wellness and condition management programs. Prior to joining Physic, Andy was a Senior Associate with Great Spirit Ventures, where he focused on consumer health investments. Before Great Spirit Ventures, Andy held various operating roles in high-tech companies including atMadison.com, Entopia and LeapFrog Enterprises. From 1997-1999, Mr. Donner was a member of Wasserstein Perella’s Technology M&A Group. Mr. Donner began his career working for VISTA, the “domestic Peace Corps,” where his leadership of a state-wide public health program was honored at the Presidential Summit for America’s Future. Andy graduated with honors from Duke University’s pre-med program and earned his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley.
After completing graduate school at UC Berkeley, Sally served in Vietnam during the war as an American Red Cross volunteer. Returning home in 1972, she taught school for three years before founding Fleet Feet Sports, retail sports store in Sacramento, CA. Her entrepreneurial drive drove her to launch Heart Zones USA, an education and training company in the health, sports, and fitness space. Her company Heart Zones USA is a training, education, and coaching company. Sally was inducted into the Triathlon Hall of Fame in 1999. Recently, Sally founded Zoning Fitness a new cardio program and Upbeat Workouts, an iPhone app for runners. Today, at the age of 64, she lives an “active healthy living” lifestyle in Sacramento, California as a professional athlete, businesswoman, author, and keynote speaker with the passion and the plan to get America fit.
Dave is the founder and CEO of Yummly, the world’s first, and most powerful, semantic recipe search and recommendation platform. Yummly brings together every recipe in the world, learns what you think is delicious and brings you more of it.
Dave was an early member of Half.com in Philadelphia, running Marketing & Strategy, prior to the acquisition by eBay. He moved to California to continue working for eBay as GM of $500M portion of the US business. Dave left eBay in 2006 to become VP Marketing & Business Operations for StumbleUpon. Through an acquisition, Dave ended back at eBay. He finally left in late 2008 to pursue his passion, a site now called Yummly.
Chris Fickle has been in the healthcare field for more than twenty years, twelve years with A&D Medical helping to develop telemedicine business partnerships worldwide. A&D is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of blood pressure monitors, weight scales and activity monitoring devices with various forms of data output including ANT +, Bluetooth, NFC, and serial data output. Our goal is simply to let the devices do what they are designed to do and the connectivity should be transparent to the user.
Bud Flagstad joined UnitedHealth Group in December of 2004 as part of the Definity Health acquisition. Prior to that, Bud spent 6 years in the Financial Services industry, leading the Professional Services organization for Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, a leading provider of content, compliance, technology and services to banking, indirect lending, insurance, mortgage and securities organizations in the United States. Prior to that, Bud worked in the private equity medical startup space and with Fingerhut Companies, a large direct mail marketing company.
Bud earned his Bachelor of Science at Minnesota State University completing a double major in Computer Science and Business Administration.
Veteran NPR science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of NPRs Science Friday, a weekly call-in radio program that connects listeners with scientists for informative discussions about science, technology, health, space, and the environment.
On television, Flatow has discussed cutting-edge science stories on a range of programs, including the four-part PBS series Big Ideas. For six years Flatow was host and writer for the Emmy award-winning Newton’s Apple on PBS and he has been a science reporter for CBS, Westinghouse and CNBC. In his thirty-five year career, Ira has talked science on the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Merv Griffin and Oprah.
He is is the author of numerous books. His latest is “Present at the Future.”
His recent honors include the National Science Board Public Service Award (2005), AAAS Journalism Award (2000), the Carl Sagan Award (1999), and the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest (2010). Most recently, Ira has been named as the winner of the 2012 Issac Asimov Science Award.
Michael Foley, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Dr. Foley joined the Bluetooth SIG in mid 2004, with just over one million Bluetooth enabled products shipping per week and around 2,500 members companies. Today, under Dr. Foley’s direction, Bluetooth enabled products are shipping at a rate of five million per day and membership has swelled to over 15,000 companies.
Dr. Foley has pushed through an ambitious roadmap, demanding substantial improvements in interoperability, security, and power consumption. Most recently, Dr. Foley has lead the adoption of Bluetooth v4.0 – the newest version of the specification that allows billions of button cell battery powered devices to connect via Bluetooth technology. Dr. Foley has been recognized by numerous industry publications for his leadership roll at the Bluetooth SIG, including WirelessWeek, EE Times and RCR Wireless.
Dr. Foley holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Gene Frantz is responsible for finding new opportunities and creating new businesses utilizing TI’s digital signal processing technology.
Frantz has been with Texas Instruments for over thirty years, most of it in Digital Signal Processing. He is a recognized leader in DSP technology both within TI and throughout the industry.
Frantz is a Fellow of the Institution of Electric and Electronics Engineers. He holds 45 patents in the area of memories, speech, consumer products and DSP. He has written more than 50 Papers and articles and continually presents at Universities and conferences worldwide.
Frantz is also among industry experts widely quoted in the media due to his tremendous knowledge and visionary view of DSP solutions.
Entrepreneur Jill Gilbert has spent her multifaceted career – from product and e-commerce strategist to publisher to producer of breakthrough technology trade shows and popular Hollywood films – sharing people-focused stories, information, trends, and insights with a wide variety of audiences. She is co-producer of the Digital Health Summit, the annual adjunct to the Consumer Electronics Show that showcases new technologies that are revolutionizing the practice and business of medicine.
Previously, she was Vice President of E-Commerce at Caring.com, where she headed up the company’s e-commerce channel and was responsible for industry relations. Prior to Caring.com, Jill was a co-founder and CEO of Gilbert Guide, a company that paired practical, expert advice and information with the first comprehensive national directory covering the entire continuum of senior care. Before founding Gilbert Guide, Jill served as Vice President of Production and Development at Love Spell Entertainment and Columbia Pictures.
Additionally, she worked on motion picture productions at Disney and MGM, including Mulholland Falls, Sister Act (I and II) and What’s Love Got to Do With It. Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned a BS in Business Administration.
Jason Goldberg, president of IDEAL LIFE, founded the company in 2002. As president, Goldberg oversees overall product development, management and corporate direction. Under his guidance, IDEAL LIFE has grown from a simple idea into a leading global health technology company spanning multiple continents with the largest implementation of remote health management solutions. Goldberg’s passion for technology and extensive knowledge of software development, marketing, international business development and consumer products, has created a company uniquely attuned to the practical needs of today’s healthcare consumers. Prior to founding IDEAL LIFE, Goldberg’s vast work experience included successful tenures with HomeProject, MGI Software and Maxverse International. Goldberg earned his Bachelor of Anthropology degree with honors and currently resides in Toronto with his family.
Dr. Grasso, surgeon, software architect, and business analyst, is actively engaged in shifting the delivery of healthcare from a centralized to a decentralized (distributed and mobile) environment via the optimization and integration of a unified communication platform within the medical record. The resulting benefits include but are not limited to an enhanced clinical experience, risk mitigation, competitive advantage, cost savings and new found revenue streams. In addition to his position at Panasonic, he is the CEO of Technology Integrations for Medical Applications (TIMA), Treasurer of NJ-HITEC – NJ’s Regional Extension Center, a past hospital CMO/CMIO, and Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. He received his medical degree from Des Moines University, surgical residency from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Manhattan Program, advanced minimally invasive surgery fellowship from the Department of Surgery at Yale University, and advanced medical informatics related research and development at Yale NASA CSCMITA.
Terrance H. Gregg is CEO of Dexcom, the leader in continuous glucose monitoring for diabetes. Previously, Gregg served as President and COO of MiniMed and was instrumental in Medtronic’s $3.4 billion acquisition.
Gregg has dedicated his life to helping people manage their diabetes. He and his wife, Louise, are among the leading diabetes philanthropists, having donated more than $2M to diabetes causes. It was Gregg’s devotion to diabetes research that brought him out of retirement in 2005 to join the Dexcom Board, due to what he considers a “moral obligation” to see to completion the development of an accurate, easy-to-use continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that saves lives from hypoglycemia unawareness.
Gregg was recently honored as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011 and was named by MassDevice.com, as one of 28 chief executives who exemplify cutting-edge leadership and innovation in the medical device industry.
Jef believes personal wellness is one of the most important trends of our time, at both the personal and societal levels. Formerly CEO at Eye-Fi, Jef guided the company from a 2007 launch to international retail distribution for its device and service. Before that he was GM of audio and gaming at Logitech, where he also worked in U.S. and EMEA marketing. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. A confessed gamer, Jef knows his occasional hike, scuba trip or Guitar Hero jam session isn’t quite enough wellness, so these days he’s making good use of his running shoes ― and his Basis Band.
Matthew Holt has spent around 20 years in health care as a researcher, generalist forecaster, and strategist. He’s conducted in-depth studies about the health care market, information technology and policy for public release and private clients. He learned from some of the best in forecasting, policy and survey organizations, like Institute for the Future and Harris Interactive. But these days he’s best known as the author of The Health Care Blog and as the co-founder of the Health2.0 Conference. For that he’s been mostly self-taught!
Dr. Anand Iyer oversees the deployment of the company’s cell phone and web based diabetes management platform and leads efforts to integrate WellDoc’s solution internationally into mainstream chronic disease management programs.
With more than 20 years of consulting experience he previously, he served as a director/partner at PRTM Management Consultants in the firm’s communications industry group and led its wireless solutions practice. During his 14-year tenure with PRTM, Iyer helped companies in commercial and government sectors capitalize on the convergence of three trends – internet ubiquity, emerging wireless technologies and innovation business models to unlock new business and customer value.
Iyer has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, a Master’s and Doctorate degrees in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Iyer is a frequent speaker on wireless technology and the healthcare industry.
Robert Jarrin is a Senior Director of Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated. He is based in Washington, DC and represents Qualcomm on US regulatory matters relating to wireless health and life sciences. Jarrin’s areas of responsibility include wireless health policy, FDA regulatory oversight of medical devices, healthcare legislative affairs, CMS telehealth reimbursement and the regulation of health IT. Externally, Jarrin serves as Co-Chair of the US Policy Working Group for Continua, leads the ATA A-Team on Telehealth and Meaningful Use, is the US Co-Chair for the EABC eHealth Policy Group and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Medical Automation. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Jarrin worked as a Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Ericsson Wireless, served as a Law Clerk in the White House Office of Counsel to President Clinton and also served as a Law Clerk and Consultant in the US Department of Justice to Attorney General Janet Reno.
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician, scientist, entrepreneur, inventor. He chairs the Medicine Track at Singularity University and is Executive Director for FutureMed a program which focused on leveraging exponential technologies in health and medicine.
Daniel completed the Harvard combined residency in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at the MGH and fellowships at Stanford. He has presented for many high profile organizations, including TED, TEDMED, and NPR. As a physician, Dr. Kraft specializes in hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplantation, and has done extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He has multiple scientific publications, medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents. He is founder of RegenMed systems and inventor of the MarrowMiner medical device. He recently founded IntelliMedicine to leverage exponential technologies in personalized medicine. Dr. Kraft is a Kauffman fellow, and advises many companies and organizations, including the X-Prize and health incubators.
Joseph C. Kvedar, M.D., is the Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, creating a new model of healthcare delivery, by developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. His programs leverage information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and simple remote health monitoring tools – to help providers and patients manage chronic conditions, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. He is internationally recognized for his leadership, and serves as a Board member for a number of organizations, including Continua Health Alliance, Care Continuum Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association.
Craig Lipset is Head of Clinical Innovation within Worldwide Research & Development at Pfizer. Craig’s team works across business units to define Pfizer’s vision for the future of clinical trials, defining the initiatives and investments to create that future. Craig previously served as Venture Partner in Pfizer Venture Investments (Pfizer’s VC arm), where he focused on diversifying the company’s $50M annual budget for private investments in the areas of diagnostics and health technology.
Craig previously served in leadership positions on the founding management teams for Adnexus Therapeutics (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb) and Perceptive Informatics (now part of PAREXEL International). Listed among the 2010 PharmaVOICE most inspiring people in the life sciences and among Pharmaceutical Executive’s 2011 Emerging Leaders, Craig was recently named program chair for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Drug Information Association.
Richard Lobovsky is Vice President of Business Development for Lifecomm, a majority owned subsidiary of Hughes Telematics and funded by Hughes, Qualcomm, and AMAC. Lifecomm will deliver mobile health services and launch a Mobile Personal Emergency Response Service for seniors and caregivers in 2012. Lobovsky is responsible for all partnership development activities for Lifecomm. Before Lifecomm, Lobovsky was Director of Business Development for Qualcomm focused on wireless solutions in the healthcare industry, and Director of Professional Services for Wireless Knowledge, a Qualcomm subsidiary, where he sold and delivered wireless consulting services and applications. He was also a management consultant before entering the wireless industry. Lobovsky has 20+ years of experience including business development, strategy, portfolio analysis, BPR and implementing organizational change. He has delivered services in the financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications industries. Lobovsky holds a BS in industrial engineering from Cornell University and a MBA from Columbia University.
Gregory T. Lucier serves as CEO of Life Technologies and as Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Invitrogen Corporation, which merged with Applied Biosystems in November 2008 to form Life Technologies. The Company is one of the largest providers of systems, biological reagents, and services, supplying scientists around the world in every way that life science technologies are applied. Mr. Lucier has leveraged his background in healthcare management to prepare the company to participate in and shape the new era of personalized medicine. Mr. Lucier serves on the Board of Directors at Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and Carefusion Corporation, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. He received his B.S. in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Ray Maker is from Washington DC and behind the DCRainmaker.com site – which specializes in endurance sports with a focus on sports technology and training. The site produces the most in depth reviews and analysis of sports technology products out on the web today, as well as covering news related to endurance sports athletes and Ray’s daily training. The site attracts more than 8 million page views a year – having quickly become the ‘go to place’ for sports technology.
Robert B. McCray is President & CEO of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, Chairman of Alliance Healthcare Foundation, Special Advisor to TripleTree LLC, Member of Midmark Corporation Board of Directors, Member of Board of Directors of CONNECT and an active advisor to several companies. Rob leverages over 25 years of experience as a business owner, senior operating executive, and legal and transactional advisor to private and public companies.
Rob served as President, COO and early investor in Digital On-Demand, Inc., a retail services technology company operating in chains including Barnes & Noble, Circuit City, and Best Buy. He served as Chairman, President and CEO of HealthCap, Inc., a venture capital-backed physician practice management company that returned 90% CAGR to its investors; Managing Director of Caremark Physician Resources where he directed its formation and eventual sale to MedPartners, Inc.; and co-founded OnCall Medicine, Inc., a medical house calls company.
Sona Mehring is the founder and CEO of CaringBridge, a nonprofit providing personal websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to their family and friends. Its mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. Sona was named one of 2011’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” by Fast Company. She has also received the Health Care Heroes Award from Twin Cities Business magazine and was named one of 25 Women Industry Leaders in the Twin Cities by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Horst has been Director Information Management Systems Diabetes Care since 2003. In this position he is responsible for the innovative initiation, definition and the development of key components for the Roche Diabetes Care information management product portfolio with focus on mobile systems and applications, interoperability/connectivity, tele-health and standardization.
A native of Germany, he has spent most of his professional life in Global Marketing, business and product portfolio development positions. Horst has been living in the United States since 1997 interrupted by two-year assignment in Mannheim Germany. Before moving to the USA, he worked five years as Global Marketing and Portfolio Manager for AVL Medical Instruments in Switzerland. Focus: Critical Care Blood Gas analysis and Information Management.
In June 2008, Horst became member of the board of directors of the Continua Health Alliance where he holds the position of Vice President. Horst holds bachelors degrees in Organic Chemistry and Business Administration
James Park is CEO and Co-Founder of Fitbit and a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating great products and companies. Previously, James was a Director of Product Development at CNET Networks, where he led product management, engineering, and design for Webshots, one of the largest photo-sharing communities on the web. 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. James never quite finished his computer science degree at Harvard College.
Charles (Chuck) Parker is the Executive Director of the Continua Health Alliance – a membership-driven company focused on developing an eco-system of interoperable personal health devices. Through working with Standards bodies and industry experts, Continua publishes certification standards built upon international criteria from IEEE, HL7, Bluetooth, USB, and others. Chuck leads the many workgroups and day-to-day operations of the Alliance. Mr. Parker has over 20 years of experience in healthcare technology, policy, and the strategic design of evaluation and measurement strategies. He has led national programs for practice transformation and has served on national committees for assessing adoption requirements. Mr. Parker holds a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Informatics from Northeastern University. He earned his BA in Communication Studies and Business Management at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Andy has more than twenty years’ experience in Unilever’s food businesses and is based in the UK. He has worked in multiple markets across Western Europe, Africa and Eastern Europe and been responsible for local operations, regional product categories and global brands. He was most recently SVP for Hellmann’s, Becel and other global brands in the spreads and dressings business. Currently Andy is responsible for exploring ways to develop and exploit Unilever’s foods categories’ position in the digital space; including leveraging the company’s unparalleled recipe reach, understanding of home cooks and base of talented chefs.
Deepak currently is a Global Market Segment Manager at Avery Dennison Medical Solutions focusing on wearable sensor technologies. Deepak brings over 15 years of medical device experience including careers at Hollister and GE Healthcare.
Deepak received his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron, OH and his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
At Numera, Bill leads the teams responsible for development and delivery of the company’s product portfolio and is responsible for the short and long range product vision, strategy and roadmap. He joins Numera after spending over a decade at Microsoft, where he last held the role of Director of Product Management within Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group, responsible for the planning and strategy of Microsoft HealthVault, Microsoft Amalga, and Mayo Clinic Health Manager (a PHR co-development effort with the Mayo Clinic). Prior to Microsoft, Bill held extensive leadership roles in several healthcare and technology companies. He is a founding member and past president of the Washington State Healthcare Executive Forum, a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Bill has his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS from Tufts University.
Christine Robins is the Chief Executive Officer of BodyMedia, Inc., a pioneer in developing and marketing wearable body monitors designed to help people lose weight, affect positive change in their behaviors, and ultimately lead healthier lives. Prior to joining BodyMedia, she was the CEO of the Philips Oral Healthcare business most notably the Sonicare® brand of power toothbrushes. She led this global brand to significant sales and market share growth and developed a great passion for the integration of professional and consumer business models. Christine also has extensive experience in a wide range of marketing capacities gained during her 17 years at S.C. Johnson, a global consumer goods company. She ran a number of brands such as Raid® insecticides, Glade® air fresheners, Aveeno® skin care and Ziploc® bags. In addition she started her career there in finance holding a variety of positions in the US and Canada for the company.
Kian Saneii brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to Independa as CEO. Prior to Independa, Saneii was GM of Websense Wireless from 2005-2008. From 2001-2005 Saneii held roles as VP Marketing and VP Business Development at Websense, responsible for all aspects of global marketing, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, OEM sales, and business development through new strategic channels. Before joining Websense, Saneii served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Business Development for IMA, Inc and IPNet Solutions, 1997-2001. From 1985 – 1997, Saneii served in management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, DIS Research and FileNet Corporation (acquired by IBM). Saneii earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with honors, from New York University, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, NYU President’s Award; also a Master of Computer Science from Rutgers University.
Leslie Saxon, M.D., Professor of clinical medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine, serves as the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at USC and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias in patients with congestive heart failure.
In 2010, Dr. Saxon formed the USC Center for Body Computing. The Center aims to accelerate the successful development of ideas and innovative products in the wireless health space. Dr. Saxon also hosts an annual Body Computing Conference which brings together leading authors, futurists and leaders in medicine, design, entertainment, the FDA, investment banking, and pharmaceuticals for a day of intense discussions about the nascent but exciting field of wireless physiologic monitoring.
Dr. Saxon has completed over 90 publications in various medical journals and is an active member of many organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society, The American Heart Association, and the Heart Failure Society of America.
John Sculley’s life has been shaped by his intellectual curiosity and extensive global experience. As Pepsi-Cola CEO from 1978-1983, John propelled the company into the largest selling packaged goods product in America. Sculley was then recruited by Steve Jobs to be Apple CEO from 1983-1993, where he championed the first tablet computer. In his 10 years at Apple, revenue grew over 1000% and the Macintosh had become the number one selling PC in the world and Apple’s balance sheet was strong with $2 billion of cash.
Sculley has achieved immense success in the private sector including Watermark and Openpeak, as well as recent liquidity successes including MetroPCS, CreditX, Intralinks & Cardionet.
Over the past nineteen years, John has mentored many entrepreneurs and helped them build over a dozen successful companies. Currently, John focuses on disruptively innovative healthcare companies, including Audax Health, that address our country’s biggest economic and social challenge.
Susumu Sone is responsible for developing US marketing, sales and biz strategy for NFC/FeliCa, building alliance, and conducting marketing/sales activities to explore new market/business. He has been involved in overseas biz for more than 10 years throughout Sony and previous company including 7 years experience in New York. Prior to take responsibility for US market, he was responsible for EU and Russian market for 2 years. Prior to joining Sony, he worked with Japanese Mobile Network Operator where he developed and launched new business, related to mobile application service, built solid partnership with overseas mobile operators, contents/application providers, entertainment companies, technology companies. His experience also includes network/security solution biz for many years.
Mike leads marketing, strategy, and sales for Wahoo Fitness, a leader in connecting smartphones to health and fitness activities. An avid athlete and cancer survivor, Mike understands first hand the challenges that consumers and patients face when presented with large amounts of disparate data from many sources. His goal with Wahoo Fitness is to make data accessible, easy to understand, and actionable. Mike has 15+ years of sales and marketing experience in the high tech and consumer products industries, both as a operator for several Fortune 500 companies and as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. Mike has a BA from Duke University and an MBA from The Darden School at the University of Virginia.
John (Ivo) Stivoric is CTO & VP of New Products for BodyMedia. Ivo is one of the company’s original four founders. At BodyMedia, he leads the Advanced Development efforts and directs the Intellectual Property portfolio. Before BodyMedia, Ivo was President, CIO, and co-founder of SANDbOX Advanced Development. He holds an M.S. in Interaction Design, with a concentration in integrated product development and B.F.A. in Industrial Design, with a concentration in sculpture, both from Carnegie Mellon University.
Additionally, Ivo founded two of CMU’s interdisciplinary studios: the Interaction Design Studio at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) and the award-winning Mobile + Wearable Computing Design Studio at the Engineering Design Research Center (EDRC). He is also the co-inventor on over 90 patents internationally.
In his spare time, Ivo drives a monster truck (a Black Dodge Ram 1500 with Hemi), brews a Slijivovica and dances in Kumovi – a Croation performance troupe.
Mr. Gary Strumolo is leading a 40-person team of Ford engineers and scientists, managing high-tech Ford research labs and helping to lead a specialized team of engineers and developers who are piloting Ford’s research products around health and wellness and in-car connectivity.
Mr. Strumolo started his storied career at Ford in 1989, and along the way has earned 56 U.S. patents, 77 European patents and has authored more than 100 internal and external papers in his Ford career to date. His latest research endeavors hit in identifying hot-spot growth areas in the automotive space, including infotainment, human-machine interface and health and wellness. Mr. Strumolo is one of the spearheads of Ford’s future in-car health and wellness connectivity strategy, which is being built around the successful Ford SYNC® in-car connectivity platform.
Amy Tenderich is a journalist, patient blogger, and author who started DiabetesMine.com after her diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes in 2003. Her site has become a leading online destination for the diabetes community and one of the top health blogs around the country and the world. In 2006, she won the LillyforLife Achievement Award for diabetes journalism from Eli Lilly & Company.
She’s become a well-known advocate for all people with diabetes and all empowered “e-patients,” and has recently joined health social media leader Alliance Health Networks as VP of patient advocacy.
Michael Tighe is Executive Director of New Market Development for Verizon Wireless. He leads development and implementation of Verizon’s mHealth strategy with keen focus on mobilizing clinicians, developing and implementing virtual care and mobile care management solutions.
Mike has an extensive background in enterprise networking and was instrumental launching key nextgen network services including Carrier Ethernet and MPLS. He served as Chairmen of the Board for the MetroEthernet Forum from 2004-2006.
From 1999-2003 Mike was involved with several early stage networking and IT services companies where he held VP Marketing and Chief Operating Officer positions.
Tighe earned his MBA in Information Systems from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wittenberg University. He is on the executive steering committee at the Center for Connected Medicine at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center.
Dr. Topol is a pioneer of the genomic and wireless digital innovative technologies. He is a practicing cardiologist at Scripps in La Jolla, California and well known for leading the Cleveland Clinic to become the #1 center for heart care. While there he also started a new medical school, led many worldwide clinical trials to advance care for patients with heart disease, and spearheaded the discovery of multiple genes that increase susceptibility for heart attacks.
Topol led the development of many medications that are routinely used in medical practice including t-PA, Plavix, Angiomax, and ReoPro and was the first physician to raise safety concerns on Vioxx. He has published 1100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine.
A graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs, Dr. Tuckson is currently Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 25 diversified health and well-being company. As the most senior clinician of UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Tuckson is responsible for working with all the company’s diverse and comprehensive business units to improve the quality and efficiency of the health services we provide to the 75 million members we are privileged to serve worldwide.
Formerly, Dr. Tuckson served as Senior Vice President, Professional Standards, for the American Medical Association (AMA). He is former President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles; has served as Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and is a former Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.
Dr. Tuckson was featured on the cover of the February 2009 issue of Black Enterprise magazine and named one of the “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.” He was also selected as one of Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives” in Healthcare in 2009 and 2010. Dr. Tuckson was named one of Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Minority Executives” in Healthcare in 2008 and 2010 and to Ebony magazine’s “2008 Power 150: The Most Influential Blacks in America” list. In May 2010, Project Sunshine honored Dr. Tuckson for his work with children, volunteerism, and social responsibility. In 2011, he was ranked #8 on Uptown Professional magazine’s list of Top 100 Executives.
Grant is an entrepreneur who has developed exceptional capability and relationships in the worlds of social networking, online gaming and healthcare. As Chief Executive Officer of Audax Health, he is responsible for setting and leading the company’s overall direction and strategy.
While studying neurobiology at Brown University, Grant received the National Cancer Institute Research Training Fellowship Award. Through several internships with high profile medical professionals, like Dr. Marston Linehan, a leading expert on urologic malignancies; Dr. Kenneth Lee, Cardiac Surgeon at Washington Hospital Center; and Dr. Roger Packer, Chief of Neurology for Children’s National Medical Center, Grant was able to develop a keen understanding of the challenges within the healthcare system. During his time working with Dr. Packer in the neurological oncology team clinic, Grant became aware of the considerable consumer need for information, community, connections and support.
Grant attended Brown University.
In 1997, when few people even knew what a browser was, Alex’s experience as a creator of healthcare content for film found the perfect home online. As an early internet pioneer, Alex was the first creative executive to focus on the use of new media in healthcare communications. Since then, she has been at the forefront of understanding and shaping the game-changing role of digital media in healthcare. Alex has seen the creative development of groundbreaking digital and integrated marketing initiatives for leading healthcare companies and brands: from the first unbranded pharmaceutical website to the first brand team intranet, from the first Rx-branded social/viral campaign to the first fully integrated social media campaign. Rising to President, Chief Creative Officer of sister agencies Digitas Health and Razorfish Health, Alex has assembled a truly eclectic creative team of advertising, design, technology, behavioral psychology and healthcare professionals focused on connecting healthcare brands with people who need them.
Sonny founded Misfit Wearables, inventors and manufacturers of cloud-connected wearable sensing products for fitness and medical applications. Prior to Misfit, Sonny was Chairman and Founder of AgaMatrix, a consumer medical device company that makes and sells blood glucose monitoring products. Starting as a bootstrapped two-person start-up out of an apartment 10 years ago, AgaMatrix has grown to over 140 employees, has shipped 15+ FDA-cleared products, and sold over 2M glucose meters and 1B biosensors. Most recently, AgaMatrix developed the world’s first hardware medical device that works with the iPhone and entered into a partnership with Sanofi. Prior to AgaMatrix, he founded FireSpout, a natural language processing software company whose technology was sold to a large search engine, and before that, worked in various linguistic technology teams at Microsoft. Before working in industry, Sonny was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT in linguistics where he studied under Noam Chomsky.
Bill Walsh is a senior advisor at AARP, a national, non-profit advocacy organization representing people over the age of 50. Bill works with AARP’s Health Portfolio, which is responsible for setting the association’s annual health agenda and overseeing implementation. Bill came to AARP in 2008 after a 20-year career as an award-winning journalist. He spent a decade covering health care policy on Capitol Hill. His work has appeared in TIME Magazine and newspapers around the nation. He has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NPR and C-SPAN. A native of Massachusetts, Bill earned a BA from Bates College and an MA from the Ohio State University. He resides in Alexandria, VA.
David Wang has over a decade of experience leading marketing and product planning in the social gaming, consumer electronics, and semiconductor markets. Prior to Striiv, his positions include VP of Marketing at Booyah, Senior Director of Marketing at SiRF and Centrality Communications, and engineering positions at Cisco Systems and the U.C. Berkeley Wireless Research Center. Dave graduated from Stanford University with a dual M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Management Science and Engineering, and he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Christopher Wasden is a managing director and Global Healthcare Innovation Leader at PwC. He is a named inventor on 20 issued and pending patents. He has been a leader in nine separate startups both venture and corporate backed. He has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in public and private companies across several industries. He works with leaders to enable their organizations to create spontaneous and continuous innovation by: 1) establishing enterprise innovation processes, structures and practices that remove barriers to innovation and creates an innovation culture, 2) addressing significant growth challenges for clients and then helping structure and run campaigns to overcome them through innovation, and 3) creating innovation platforms. He holds a doctorate from George Washington University, and MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, and a BS in Accounting and BA in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University.
Jim leads Alcatel-Lucent’s Connected Hospital program in the U.S. which supports large payors and providers implement the network transformations required to support information driven Connected Medicine. Jim has 19 years of market development experience identifying emerging market trends and drive entry into new markets. Jim is responsible for the Connected Hospital team in addition to managing the Alcatel-Lucent/ UPMC Joint Solution Development Fund., Jim sits on the Center for Connected Medicine steering committee. Jim provided leadership for several of Alcatel-Lucent’s key areas of market success such as broadband access and triple play. Jim is now focused on driving service break through in the healthcare market. Jim received his MBA from the University of Chicago. He has a BA from Loyola University in Chicago, and has completed a Systems Management graduate work from the University of Southern California at the Heidelberg, Germany extension when he served as a U.S Army Officer.
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