Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN documentaries, and anchors the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta, MD. Gupta also contributes to CNN.com and CNNHealth.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguish his reporting on a range of medical and scientific topics including brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, HIV/AIDS, and other areas.
In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and regularly performs surgery at Emory University and Grady hospitals. He holds memberships in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves as a diplomat of the American Board of Neurosurgery, is a certified medical investigator, and is a board member of the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Foundation.
Gupta contributes to the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He is the author of three best-selling books, Chasing Life (2007), Cheating Death (2009) and Monday Mornings (2012).
Michele is President and Company Cheerleader of ClearSounds Communications, Chicago-based, small women’s business enterprise that designs, manufacturers and distributes amplified & custom sound products for people with hearing loss. ClearSounds is a leading provider of niche, patent-pending communication & listening technology. 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 listening 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.
Ron A. Andrews joined Life Technologies in 2012 to serve as the President of the Medical Sciences. Ron has more than 25 years of experience in the diagnostics industry, including leadership positions at companies such as Abbott Diagnostics and Roche Diagnostics. Prior to joining Life, Ron was the Founder and CEO of Clarient, a Molecular Pathology Service organization that delivers “academic level” molecular testing services to community pathologists and oncologists. Before Clarient, Ron was Senior VP of Global Marketing and Commercial Business Development at Roche Molecular Diagnostics where he developed and led the strategic execution for all diagnostic commercial operations. From 2000 to 2002, Ron held two senior executive positions at Roche Diagnostics Corporation where he directed sales, marketing, technical field support, and product development activities and was responsible for US commercial strategy development for the clinical laboratory market. Ron earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Wofford College.
Colin Angle is chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot. One of the world’s leading authorities on mobile robots, Angle is an industry pioneer with more than two decades of experience. Under his guidance, iRobot is at the forefront of the robot industry, delivering home cleaning and military robots that make a difference.
Today, more than 8 million home robots have been sold worldwide, revolutionizing the way people clean. More than 5,000 military robots have been delivered to defense forces worldwide, performing thousands of dangerous missions while keeping troops out of harm’s way.
Angle’s leadership and vision for the future of robots have been recognized with numerous professional awards. He has appeared on CNN and CNBC, and has been profiled as an industry expert in media outlets such as Business Week, CNET, the New York Times and Newsweek. Angle holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from MIT.
Jeff Arnold is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sharecare, a health and wellness social network launched in October 2010 by he and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications. Sharecare is designed to greatly simplify the search for quality healthcare information and provide consumers with the necessary tools and resources to make smart health choices and live healthier lives. In 2007, Mr. Arnold orchestrated the sale of HowStuffWorks.com for $250 million to Discovery Communications, where he served as Chief Executive Officer of Howstuffworks and Chief Digital Strategy Officer for Discovery Communications as well as Chief Architect of The Curiosity Project, www.curiosity.com, until December 2011. Prior to HowStuffWorks.com, he founded and served as CEO of WebMD Corporation, the first healthcare company to harness the power of the Internet to create a destination for consumers, healthcare institutions and physicians to find trustworthy medical information.
Gregory A. Bayer, Ph.D., CEO of Brain Resource, Inc., a developer of innovative cognitive assessments and exercises to improve brain health, is widely recognized in the behavioral health industry for his leadership in developing responsive and efficient systems of care for those suffering with mental health concerns. He brings this understanding of the interplay between traditional behavioral health therapies and emerging technologies of cognitive training and remediation to his current role with Brain Resource. As an industry veteran, Dr. Bayer is an advocate for personalized consumer wellness and treatment options for brain health. Dr. Bayer is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of employee benefit and behavioral health related topics.
Justin Bazan, OD is a member of the medical advisory team for The Vision Council, the global voice for vision care products and services. He is the owner of Park Slope Eye, a full-service optometrist office in Brooklyn, NY. His articles have been published in various optometric periodicals. He enjoys lecturing on practice management topics, and is best known for his social media expertise. Dr. Bazan has participated in numerous scientific meetings, journal panel discussions and symposia. He has served as a clinical associate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. He is a member of the New York State Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association, The Optometric Nutrition Society, The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, and The Ocular Surface Society of Optometry. He received a BS in biology from Trinity University and his doctorate of optometry from the SUNY State College of Optometry.
Grant Bechthold serves as Standard Innovation’s Vice President of Product Development, directing all research and product development efforts and bringing SIC’s design and engineering vision to fruition. Grant has nurtured the development of our technology roadmap to ensure Standard Innovation is always innovating and moving forward. Grant has over 30 years of experience in senior management roles with companies such as Allen Vanguard, Med-Eng Systems, Curtiss Wright Controls, Chrysalis, and DY 4 Systems. A man of many talents, he has held senior management positions across such varied fields as: Corporate Management, Technology Strategy, Product Line Management, Product Management, Engineering Management, Project Management, Project Engineering, Program Management.
Madhura Bhat is Co-Founder of Health for America, a fellowship targeted at transforming the health of communities across the US through innovation and design. A visionary leader, she has worked with multi-sectoral organizations to maximize the impact of their investments. An alumnus of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, Madhura is the recipient of the Power 30 under 30 award and in recognition of her leadership, was selected for the Stars Symposium for Leaders of the Next Generation, the Atlantik-Brücke Young Leaders Program and the Sandbox Network of young leaders. Madhura holds a MBA, a MPH and a MA in Communications.
Mr. Boyles is an independent publisher of specialized industry-wide market intelligence and research. He is a professional journalist, publisher of award-winning periodicals, market analysis and commentary. He was the first independent publisher on the topic of managed care, then PPOs, and then consumer-driven health care. Recently he has been speaking in the U.S., Europe and China on evolving health system reforms and disruptive technology. Areas of recent interest include large-scale digital health systems , telemedicine, and patient self-treatment.
Victoria has been involved in monitoring systems for over 25 years . As co-founder of Dynastream Innovations Inc. she has been at the forefront in the development and promotion of digital monitoring products. Dynastream introduced Speed and Distance monitoring technology which has become the preferred footpod monitoring solution used by adidas, Timex, Suunto, Garmin and Wahoo to name a few.
Victoria’s persistence brought success to Dynastream’s ultra-low power wireless protocol ANT+. In 1993, ANT+ lead the way to provide a commonly adopted platform for sport and wellness manufacturers to collaborate in providing interoperable monitoring solutions for users worldwide. Her vision for monitoring technology to be connected into the health ecosystem has been her passion and today, ANT+ monitors just work together regardless of which ANT+ manufacturer they come from.
Victoria is now Chief Marketing Officer at 4iiii Innovations Inc. specialists in wearable technologies.
Bonnie Britton is a Masters Prepared Nurse and is recognized as a home Telehealth pioneer and expert, implementing the first Home Telehealth Program in NC, the 15th in the US, in 1997. She has dedicated the past 14 years of her career advancing the use and adoption of Telehealth within Home Health Agencies, the Veterans Administration, Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and now with a large hospital system. She has served the American Telemedicine Association in multiple capacities including serving on the Board of Directors for 4 years. In 2010 Bonnie was elected to the American Telemedicine Association’s College of Fellows. Bonnie was recently selected as a member of the Office of Minority Health’s National Partnership For Action to End Health Disparities Special Plan on the Use of Telemedicine Within Underserved Communities and currently serves as a Board Member for the MidAtlantic Telehealth Resource Center.
As the chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, Otis Brawley, MD, FACP is responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education.
Dr. Brawley serves as professor of hematology, oncology, medicine and epidemiology at Emory University. He is a medical consultant to the Cable News Network (CNN), a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, and on the advisory council of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He has also served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee.
He is listed by Castle Connelly as one of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer. Among other awards, he was a Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar and received the Key to St. Bernard Parish for his work in the U.S. Public Health Service in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Brawley graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Case-Western Reserve University, and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute.
Catherine Calarco is the CMO & Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for HeartMath LLC dedicated to improving health, performance and well-being of individuals at home and in the workplace through HeartMath technologies and products.
Catherine Calarco is a MIT Sloan Fellow and previously the President of the MIT Club of Northern California. A recognized lecturer, she has also presented papers at APEC Workshops, conferences and universities around the world.
Ms. Calarco has a personal passion for helping people improve their lives, and sees her work with HeartMath as a way to bridge her personal passions with credible science, technology and innovation. In addition to her experience in the field of technology, she is also an experienced scuba diver and enjoys spending time exploring our beautiful oceans.
Grant Campany, Senior Director of the $10 million Archon Genomics X PRIZE presented by Express Scripts, has nearly 20 years of experience in the Life Sciences industry. As the founder of BLOGiQ Advisory Group, a boutique consultancy firm offering strategic planning for the life sciences, Mr. Campany brings his wealth of experience in the Life Sciences to successfully lead the Archon Genomics X PRIZE presented by Express Scripts. Grant began his career with 3M Pharmaceuticals and subsequently led corporate development and strategic planning activities in numerous biotechnology companies, including Chiron Corporation, Cell Genesys, and Onyx Pharmaceuticals. Grant holds a Bachelor of Science in Business “With Distinction” and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Donna Cryer’s almost two decades of experience have provided her with a 360 degree perspective on healthcare, spanning associations, hospital consulting, PR and clinical trial recruitment. Her journey as a patient advocate began with her own liver transplant and a desire to improve the healthcare system for other patients.
As CEO of CryerHealth, she provided strategic counsel to top biopharma and diagnostic firms committed to meaningful partnerships with patient groups and medical societies. Her blog and twitter feed @DCpatient are considered top resources for insights into e-patients and patient advocates. Most recently, Donna served as the first patient to lead the American Liver Foundation in its thirty-six year history.
A graduate of Harvard and Georgetown Law, Donna is a member of the Board of the Personalized Medicine Coalition, the Patient & Consumer Advisory Council for the Center for Medical Technology Policy, and is a patient representative to the FDA.
A serial entrepreneur, John has founded and held senior management positions in several startup companies. John was a co-founder of Smartleaf, a financial software company providing separate account management solutions. He was also the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at DESoFT, an internet startup company acquired by Merrill Lynch that developed online real-time brokerage systems for retail brokerage firms.
John started his career in healthcare performing research on guidance systems for robotic surgery at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He also conducted research on virtual reality systems for NASA’s Neurolab Space Project and on tools for laparoscopic surgery at the University of Tokyo. Most recently, he was the head of the Technology Practice in Goldman Sachs’ Private Equity Group investing in healthcare and technology.
John received a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from CDI in France.
Dr. Peter Fitzgerald is the Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Technology and Director of the Cardiovascular Core Analysis Laboratory (CCAL) at Stanford University Medical School. He is an Interventional Cardiologist and has a PhD in Engineering. He is Professor in both the Departments of Medicine and Engineering at Stanford. Presently, Dr. Fitzgerald’s laboratory includes 14 postdoctoral fellows and graduate engineering students focusing on state-of-the-art technologies in Cardiovascular Medicine. He has led or participated in over 100 clinical trials, published over 350 manuscripts/chapters, and lectures worldwide. He has trained over 125 post-docs in Engineering and Medicine in the past decade.
Peter has been principle/founder of fifteen medical device companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has transitioned ten of these start-ups to large medical device companies. He serves on several boards of directors, advised dozens of medical device startups as well as multinational healthcare companies in the design and development of new diagnostic and therapeutic devices in the cardiovascular arena. In 2001, Peter was on the founding team of LVP Capital, a venture firm, focused on medical device and biotechnology start-ups in San Francisco. In 2008, was co-founded of TriVentures, which is an incubator for early state medical technology in Israel and heads the Stanford-Taiwan Med Tech innovation program.
If there ever was a gap between science, art, business and technology, Ariel has closed it. Her work converts the workings of the mind into tangible solutions.
Ariel has researched at the Krembil Neuroscience Institute studying hippocampal neurogenesis, displayed work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, DeLeon White Gallery, and opened Toronto Fashion Week. The intersections of these diverse interests have culminated into various lectures with topics such as “The Neuroscience of Aesthetics” and “The Neuroscience of Conflict, featured on TVO’s Big Ideas.
Referred to as the “Brain Guru” by Now Magazine, CBC Radio and the Toronto Star, Ariel has also run a successful real estate business, spent time as the designer and owner of a Canadian fashion boutique, and is a practicing psychotherapist.
Jill Gilbert is a relationship alchemist. Through each event she crafts, she blends the most expert speakers, thought-provoking themes, forward-leaning trends and vibrant venues – along with the smartest participants – and stirs briskly. The result is a unique and mighty brew of ideas, imagination, innovation and creativity, not to mention a healthy yield of rewarding new business friendships.
Jill’s mantle as catalyst-in-chief is well earned. Her list of credits ranges from speaker, publisher and Silicon Valley entrepreneur to Hollywood producer to producing breakthrough industry conferences. Her most recent accomplishments including producing the Digital Health Summit and Silvers Summit, the acclaimed adjuncts to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that showcase technologies and trends reshaping the worlds of healthcare, wellness and living a thriving life. Her Digital Health Summer Summit in San Diego, which premiered in 2012, got rave reviews and will be expanding in 2013.
Jill’s earlier roles include serving as e-commerce VP at Caring.com and co-founder and CEO of Gilbert Guide, the first national directory and advice source on senior living. She also was in feature film development and production at Columbia Pictures, Disney, MGM and Love Spell Entertainment.
When she’s not mixing people and ideas, Jill enjoys a quiet glass of wine and a loud USC Trojans game.
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.
Terrance Gregg is CEO of Dexcom, Inc., first joining the Dexcom Board of Directors in 2005.
Mr. Gregg became President and COO of MiniMed, Inc. in 1996 and was instrumental in Medtronic’s $3.4 billion acquisition of MiniMed in 2001. He previously served in executive positions with Smith and Nephew and Allergan, Inc.
Mr. Gregg served as the 2003-2004 Chair of the Research Foundation Board of the American Diabetes Association. Most recently, Mr. Gregg was honored as one of the San Diego regional finalists for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011 and named by MassDevice.com, one of 28 chief executives whom exemplify cutting-edge leadership and innovative thinking in the medical device industry.
Mr. Gregg currently serves on the advisory boards of Scripps Translational Science Institute and the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). Additionally Mr. Gregg sits on the Board of Directors of Taking Control of Your Diabetes.
Arnab Gupta is CEO and Founder of Opera Solutions, which uses advanced analytic approaches and machine learning techniques to drive front-line productivity gains for industry and government. The company combines its scientific expertise with deep industry knowledge in creating its Signal Hub™ technologies, which continually extract and refine predictive and insight-laden information from Big Data flows. The company also creates a range of applications that run on its Signal Hubs.
Prior to establishing Opera in 2004, Arnab founded and sold a number of other companies, including Mitchell Madison Group and Zeborg. He began his career at McKinsey & Co., where he rose to partner.
Since 2004, he has worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on its India HIV-AIDS initiative. There, he has focused on stopping the spread of this disease by using innovative private-sector approaches.
Arnab earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Colin Hill brings years of hands-on scientific experience, with expertise in the areas of computational physics and systems biology.
Colin is a frequent speaker at international scientific and industry conferences and has appeared in numerous publications and television segments including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC Morning Call, Nature, Forbes, Wired, and The Economist. He serves as CEO and Chairman of GNS Healthcare’s parent company Via Science, and chairman of the board of Fina Technologies, a subsidiary of Via Science that applies next-generation artificial intelligence technology to real-time financial trading. He also serves on the board of directors of AesRx, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of a new treatment for sickle cell disease.
Colin is the author of the “Healthcare 2020” blog on Forbes.com. In 2004, Colin was named to MIT Technology Review’s TR100 list of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in physics and earned master’s degrees in physics from McGill University and Cornell University.
Charlie Hillman is the founder and CEO of GrandCare Systems. He is a Professional Engineer with a BS from MIT and a Masters from University of Wisconsin. His career has been eclectic but always in areas of disruptive technologies: computer mapping in the 70’s, computer aided design and manufacturing in the 80’s, internet in the 90’s, and now digital health.
He is passionate in his conviction that only judiciously applied technology will save this world from unsustainable healthcare costs. GrandCare technology is intended to help seniors live longer, safer, happier, and healthier in their own homes. It encourages ounces of prevention and responsible aging. It reduces care costs by creating a new generation of information empowered caregivers.
Charlie with business partner Gaytha has three grown daughters and seven grandchildren, who he hopes will not be bankrupted by his fellow boomers.
Sridhar Iyengar PhD is the co-founder and CTO of AgaMatrix, a rapidly growing medical device company that invents, designs, and manufactures blood glucose meters and biosensors for people with diabetes. AgaMatrix products are sold worldwide by Sanofi, Medco, Walmart, Target, and are used by millions of patients across the globe. AgaMatrix’s core technology “WaveSense” combines Sridhar’s background in electrical engineering and biological sciences into the concept of Dynamic Electrochemistry which couples an advanced DSP approach to enhance biosensor performance. AgaMatrix recently invented the first medical device capable of analyzing blood that works with the iPhone and is helping shape the future of mobile health. Sridhar has several patents granted under his name and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar.
Alistair’s responsibility includes identifying the business demand for change (organization, business process, and/or technology), facilitating prioritization of those changes, coordinating program execution, ensuring successful implementation, and overseeing the operational effectiveness of IT specific to the M&R business. He is also responsible for the Enterprise Data Strategy, the BPMS/Pega Center of Excellence, Portfolio Management, the Capability Framework, and the CIO Operating Model, at the UHG enterprise level.
Prior to this role, Alistair was responsible for UHG-IT Desktop Services. In this capacity, he led an enterprise-wide program to standardize the tools and processes involved in managing desktop, laptop, mobile, and printing devices, as well as commonly used productivity applications.
Alistair joined UnitedHealth Group in 2003. Before joining UHG, he gained extensive global experience in the banking (Barclays), stockbroking (Shearson Lehman), consulting (Ernst & Young), transportation (Northwest Airlines), and manufacturing (Cargill) industries.
Alistair holds an undergraduate degree in Business Studies from Manchester University, England. He has been featured in several industry publications, and has served on numerous university, industry, and non-profit boards and organizations
Don serves as Vice President of Global Strategy and Market Development for Qualcomm Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. He is responsible for Qualcomm’s development of wireless technologies and platforms in the health, fitness and life sciences markets, and is recognized as a leader in the field.
In 2005, he founded and is Chairman of the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), (www.wirelesslifesciences.org), which works with both the wireless and health industries to enable new business models, new businesses and clinical process improvements in all sectors, including consumer health, fitness, healthcare services, healthcare IT, pharmaceutical and medical devices. Don is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Digital Health.
Jones holds a bachelors’ degree in biology and bio-engineering from the University of California, San Diego, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Jones holds multiple issued and pending patents in the use of cell phones in incentive reward programs and in asynchronous media communications.
Mike Keriakos is the president and co-founder of Everyday Health, Inc., the leading online health company. Keriakos 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. Everyday Health’s multi-platform marketing solutions have provided thousands of clients the scale to target health-oriented audiences.
Everyday Health’s portfolio of websites, mobile apps and television programs span the full health spectrum–from in-depth medical coverage to healthy lifestyle management.
Keriakos is responsible for the strategic direction of product portfolio and growing the consumer and professional businesses. He overseas sales, marketing, business development and the product team. 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.
10,690 steps, 4.38 miles walked, 357 calories burned. That’s my average daily walking stats this year. 127/82 mm Hg and 173 lbs. That’s my average daily blood pressure and weight for the year. I will be adding heart rate to my stats soon. As you can see I am a bit of a data nut. I really believe that knowing my fitness and wellness data motivates me to do more.
At Omron Healthcare I am leading our effort to provide fitness and wellness data to consumers around the world. We know that what doesn’t get measured doesn’t get improved. Let us help you make the invisible, visible. Please join us and take the first step in taking charge of your health.
Ashley Koff, RD is an internationally renowned registered dietitian who’s “Ashley Koff Approved” list is a tool to help consumers, media, and healthcare practitioners choose better quality groceries, dietary supplements, and prepared food. Koff regularly appears as an expert on TV, print, radio, and online including “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Doctors,” ABC7, The New York Times, O! The Oprah Magazine, Whole Living, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Redbook, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post, and EmpowHer. Koff started and continues to manage her AKA Craft Services makeover project for popular shows such as ABC’s “Private Practice,” and CBS’ “CSI: New York,” as well several major movies. She is currently a contributing editor for Natural Health Magazine, and on the advisory board of Fitness Magazine. Based in Los Angeles Koff maintains an international private practice and is faculty at NYC’s Beth Israel Integrative Medicine Center The Continuum Center for Health and Healing.
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.
Steven LeBoeuf is the founder/CEO of Valencell, Inc. Valencell develops and licenses wearable physiological monitoring technology to industry partners for seamless integration with brand-name products used by millions of consumers. Valencell’s PerformTek Precision Biometrics sensor technology seamlessly integrates into earbuds and smartphone apps people already use while exercising. It measures more real-time biometric and physiological data than other fitness monitors and with a high degree of accuracy. Collected data provides meaningful health/fitness assessments.
LeBoeuf has developed partnerships with many businesses and institutions. Duke Center for Living, North Carolina State University, the Human Performance Laboratory, and American College of Sports Medicine have provided clinical validation of Valencell’s next-gen technology. LeBoeuf has raised more than $10M in funding.
Prior to Valencell, LeBoeuf led the optoelectronic biosensor program at GE Global Research. He developed optoelectronic solid-state materials and devices while researching at North Carolina State University.
LeBoeuf holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.
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.
Wendy Mayer is Vice President, Worldwide Innovation for Pfizer and a member of Pfizer’s Worldwide Business Development and Innovation Leadership Team. In this role, she is responsible for driving innovative ideas and thinking across the organization through the identification of transformative and disruptive innovation platforms that can be leveraged across the business, and through the development of an innovative culture that will support continued innovation throughout the organization.
Wendy joined Pfizer in 1997, and has had various roles across different aspects of the commercial organization. Her most recent position was Connecticut State Director within Primary Care, responsible for setting and implementing sales strategy across all field promoted brands within the Primary Care business for Connecticut, which accounted for approximately $200 million in revenue. Prior to that she worked as part of the Clinical Trial Excellence initiative where she developed a Quality Management System blueprint to embed quality by design principles into Pfizer’s enterprise-wide clinical trial process. Most of her tenure at Pfizer has been within the Market Analytics organization, most recently as Vice President of Specialty Care Market Analytics, utilizing primary and secondary market research to develop insights and guide business strategy for the global Specialty businesses. Prior to that she led US Market Analytics, with a focus on all Pfizer brands promoted in the US. Within this role she co-led the Analytics workstream for Pfizer’s recently launched closed loop marketing platform, CUE.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Wendy was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte & Touche Consulting, focusing on business strategy and process improvement for healthcare clients. Before Deloitte, Wendy did an administrative fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Cornell University. She lives in Rye Brook, NY with her husband and three children.
Rob designs the communications that allow medical and consumer devices to connect to smart phones or hubs. Recently this work has been fuelled by the continually improving performance of Bluetooth smart silicon, the adoption of Bluetooth Low Energy into devices like the iPhone and the growth of regulated medical apps.
Rob’s current work is centred around systems where medical or fitness devices communicate to applications on smart phones and internet services.
Previously Rob has led Cambridge Consultants’ Apple Accessory Protocol stack development and is part of the team managing communications technology such as VENA, a single chip Continua solution, and InterfaceExpress, a highly optimised Bluetooth protocol stack. Rob was the inventor of the Iona internet radio previously exhibited at CES.
Wendy began her career with Ergotron nearly 10 years ago, as the Global Training Manager–responsible for the development and delivery of product and application training to large enterprise end users and corporate partners addressing the technology needs and business drivers in fields such as healthcare, education, finance and corporate office.
To support the research that’s surfacing about the dangers of long periods of sitting, today Wendy is focused on educating people about the importance of reducing sedentary work environments by influencing more physical activity in the workplace. She has written several blogs on this topic and has contributed editorial content for national Health and Wellness magazines. She can be found in the world of social media as “@WorkFitWendy.”
When she is not out evangelizing the need to “Just Stand” in the workplace, she is “Mom” to two children, Hunter and Lindsay, and with their lovable Shih-Tzu, Murphy, lives in Prior Lake, MN. She enjoys quiet moments when they’re available, walking, biking and traveling, when (and if) at all possible.
Dan Munro is a Contributing Editor at Forbes where he writes on the intersection of Healthcare IT, Innovation and Policy. That focus is broadly around those challenges, opportunities and solutions that are fundamentally geared to scale – and have the capacity to influence our healthcare system in significant ways.
Dan graduated from the International School of Brussels before completing undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Communications (with a minor in Journalism) at the University of Redlands.
Derek Newell brings more than 20 years of experience growing and leading innovative healthcare technology and services companies to his role as CEO of Jiff Inc. He is passionate about exploring the intersection of healthcare and emerging technologies, and believes that health outcomes and wellness improve when mobile and digital health technologies connect consumers with the traditional health ecosystems.
Prior to joining Jiff, Newell was president and CEO of Robert Bosch Healthcare. While at Bosch, Newell worked to build Bosch into the world’s largest remote patient monitoring company. Previously, he was the CEO of Health Hero Networks, a US-based remote-patient monitoring company, and the chief marketing officer of a leading disease management company.
Derek is a leading voice in the areas of healthcare technology and finance. He has co-developed and taught healthcare finance classes at the Haas School of Business from his alma mater at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds graduate degrees in business and public health.
Dr. Oz, two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning host of the two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books, has received several patents, and performs more than 100 heart surgeries per year.
Dr. Oz was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Delaware, received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (1982) and obtained a joint MD and MBA (1986) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton Business School. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife Lisa of 27 years and their four children, Daphne, Arabella, Zoe and Oliver.
With over 30 years of experience in the development and commercialization of electronic devices, Mike Paradis is a noted expert in sport, fitness and health monitoring. Focused on the ultimate needs of the consumer, Mike understands both the technical capabilities and practical applications that drive the design and delivery of products. Through Mike’s leadership and persistence, ANT+ is now integrated into over more than 60-million ANT+ enabled consumer products. Committed to the growth of the worldwide monitoring industry, Mike respects the crucial role that technology can play in targeted solutions and the importance of seamless and simple products that engage consumers.
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.
In his role as Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder for Ximedica, Aidan drives innovation in their core markets of healthcare delivery solutions, medical device development, and consumer healthcare.
With a passion for applying a human-centered approach to system and device development, Aidan has committed himself to advising and leading expert teams of researchers, human factors engineers and designers in collaboration with a global client base to co-create, implement, and measure solutions that form the leading edge of the industry.
Aidan has multiple published articles on Design Leadership and Industrial Design in the medical industry. He has spoken on development process, human factors, and the implications of changing demographics on the medical industry.
He is an adjunct faculty member to the Industrial Design program at Rhode Island School of Design, teaching Design Leadership, and sits on the Foundation Board of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Monisha Perkash is CEO & Co-founder at LUMO BodyTech which uses smart sensors and software to provide people with actionable feedback that improves their health. Their first product is the LUMOback posture sensor and app. Monisha previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of TuitionCoach (acquired by SimpleTuition in 2009), where she oversaw the financing, launch, and general management of the start-up. After the acquisition, she stayed on with SimpleTuition as VP Products. She has also held leadership positions at Siebel Systems, Pensare, and AmeriCorps. Monisha has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, skiing, running, and dancing.
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.
Albert “Skip” Rizzo is a clinical psychologist and Associate Director at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. He is also a research professor with the USC Dept. of Psychiatry and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Skip conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of Virtual Reality systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment and rehabilitation across the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. This work has focused on PTSD, TBI, Autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other clinical conditions. In spite of the diversity of these clinical R&D areas, the common thread that drives all of his work with digital technologies involves the study of how interactive and immersive Virtual Reality simulations can be usefully applied to address human healthcare needs beyond what is possible with traditional 20th Century tools and methods.
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.
Slava Rubin is CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, the world’s largest global crowdfunding platform. Indiegogo empowers anyone, anywhere, anytime to raise funds for any idea—creative, cause-related or entrepreneurial. Since launching in January 2008, the company has embraced an open model, helping people create campaigns in every country around the world, and is now distributing millions of dollars across the platform every week. Slava recently attended the White House signing of the historic JOBS Act as the representative of the crowdfunding industry. In 2011, Indiegogo was the only crowdfunding partner company for Startup America, President Obama’s initiative to stimulate entrepreneurship in America.
Prior to co-founding Indiegogo, Slava was a strategy consultant responsible for leading growth initiatives on behalf of clients such as MasterCard, Goldman Sachs, and FedEx. Slava is also the founder of “Music Against Myeloma,” an annual charity event that raises funds for and awareness of cancer research. Slava received his B.S.E. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. @gogoslava
Kian Saneii is CEO of Independa, Inc. He founded Independa in 2009 to develop and deliver products and services that help caregivers enable the rapidly growing elderly population to remain independent longer, more safely and more comfortably.
Previously, from 2005 to 2008, Saneii was General Manager of Websense Wireless, where he was responsible for launching and growing this wholly-owned division, including developing new carrier-centric technology and product lines, and establishing new global distribution partners. Earlier at Websense, from 2001 to 2005, Kian was VP of Marketing and VP of Business Development. Kian has also held senior roles at AT&T Bell Laboratories and FileNet Corporation.
Kian earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, cum laude, from New York University, where he made Phi Beta Kappa and received the President’s Award. He earned a Master of Computer Science from Rutgers University.
Benjamin Sarda is Head of Marketing at Orange Healthcare. Orange Healthcare aims to develop e-health activities in France and internationally leveraging the France Telecom-Orange Group’s expertise in Information and Communication Technologies. He was previously Chief of Staff for Thierry Zylberberg, Executive Vice President of Orange Healthcare. Prior to Orange Healthcare, Benjamin led the creation of Orange Assistance, an Orange subsidiary providing home computer assistance services to Orange customers. Benjamin has held various director-level positions within Orange. Before joining the Orange group, Benjamin worked in the area of medical imaging at INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale), a publicly funded medical research entity in France. He began his career as a system engineer at Eutelsat, a satellite telecommunications operator. Benjamin is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications and holds a MS in signal processing.
Andy Schoonover is the CEO of VRI, a a leading provider of remote patient monitoring technologies including telehealth monitoring, medication adherence, and medical alert systems that support patient self management and health plan Care Management operations. The company enables seniors, the chronically ill, and those with disabilities to maintain their independence and avoid preventable hospitalizations. VRI currently serves approximately 85,000 active clients across the US through government funded programs, health care providers, and MCOs. Prior to working at VRI, Andy co-founded Blue Canyon Capital, an investment firm formed to make a long term investment in middle market companies. Before Blue Canyon, Andy worked for Host Marriott Corporation in the Treasury and Acquisition groups and completed transactions valued at over $1.5 billion. Andy received his MBA from Stanford University and his BS from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where he serves on the School’s Advisory Board.
Jordan Shlain is a physician, entrepreneur and provocateur. He’s been known to be respectfully irreverent, extemporaneous, and linguistically clever.
He is a nationally recognized physician for his innovative approach to the delivery of healthcare. In addition to being a full time doctor and founder of Healthloop, he has been appointed commissioner by the Mayor to the SF Health Service Systems Board and sits on the board of the bi-partisian Washington, DC policy think tank, Hope Street Group. He has been named one of the top 100 health care innovators by HealthSpottr and advises companies large and small. In addition to being a frequent speaker at Health 2.0, RockHealth, Economist Big Ideas, Futuremed and UC Berkeley’s Pre-Med 101, he consults with the investor community as a due diligence expert.
Paul Slavin is SVP & GM, Everyday Health responsible for the video and global news operations. Slavin leads strategy, delivery and execution of the news organization and innovative video channels for the Everyday Health portfolio of prestigious sites, the company’s weekly television series “Recipe Rehab” and its original programming on YouTube. Under his leadership, Everyday Health was the first digital company to earn an Emmy-nomination for a broadcast program (airing on ABC stations).
Slavin was previously SVP, New Media, at ABC News where he was responsible for all of ABC News’ digital content (including ABCNews.com). He spent 33 years at ABC News rising to SVP, Worldwide Newsgathering. Additionally, he was the Executive Producer of “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”
Slavin has won numerous awards for his reporting and production, including 12 broadcast Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Overseas Press Club Award and a Peabody, among others.
Anmol is the CEO of Hidalgo Limited, the Cambridge based developer and manufacturer of Equivital mobile human monitoring products. Anmol has been pivotal in driving consolidation of the technology platform & strategy to develop real world, mobile human data products for the professional healthcare and safety critical sectors. This includes the FDA cleared, unobtrusive, multi-parameter LifeMonitor and software focussed on providing value to the end user in the form of actionable information.
During his time with the Jaltek group, parent company of Hidalgo, Anmol led three significant new business acquisitions and been pivotal in establishing the group’s business strategies within the military, aerospace, medical and logistics sectors. He has also been integral in defining the Group’s strategy for International expansion via owned subsidiaries or distribution channels.
A BSC economics graduate of University College London, Anmol gained his ACA qualification whilst with a leading city accountancy firm and has considerable corporate finance experience gained within a number of banking institutions.
Jaltek Group is a leading technology solutions organisation and provides a comprehensive range of vertically integrated technology services and product solutions.
Halle Tecco is the Co-Founder & CEO of Rock Health, the first startup accelerator devoted exclusively to health companies. Tecco recognized the need and potential for startups in the digital health space while working at Apple’s App Store covering the health and medical vertical. Previously, she founded Yoga Bear, a national nonprofit that provides yoga to the cancer community in hospitals and at over 200 partner studios. Tecco has been named as one of “12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare” by CNN, one of “15 Women to Watch in Tech” by Inc. Magazine, and was a L’Oreal “Woman of Worth” Honoree. Tecco has written for Harvard Business School Publishing, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Glamour.com and ForbesWoman. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Malcolm J. Thompson is President of MJT Associates, which provides High-Tech Business, Management and Technology Consulting. He has over 25 years of executive experience in the semiconductor, telecom and display industries where he has built organizations and companies with very few resources. He was the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Display Consortium. He is presently Chief Technical Advisor for the FlexTech Alliance. He has been a Board Member of 3 Public Companies including Photon Dynamics for which he was Chairman of the Board, and 6 Private Companies. He was CEO of 4 start-up companies including dpiX which he founded while he was Chief Technologist at Xerox PARC, dpiX is the largest producer of digital X-Ray imagers in the world. He was appointed Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in Davos & New York in 2000 & 2001. He has numerous industry awards and has over 100 patents and publications.
Dr. Lisa Tseng is the Chief Executive Officer of hi HealthInnovations, whose mission is to deliver high quality, yet affordable hearing solutions to the rapidly growing and underserved hearing impaired population.
Prior to this role, Dr. Tseng served as Chief of Staff for UnitedHealthcare’s public programs. She led the achievement of several cross-functional initiatives to improve healthcare quality and affordability for health plan members, and had accountability for growth and bringing innovative products and services into the marketplace.
Prior to UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Tseng served as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Fidelity Investments, and she also served as Vice President of Corporate Integration Strategy for AARP Services. In addition, Dr. Tseng worked at Oliver Wyman management consulting, serving clients in multiple industries.
Dr. Tseng holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Science and minor in Neuroscience from UCLA, and Medical Degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. She served on the National Leadership Team of the American Medical Student Association and was the National President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association.
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.
Karthik Vasanth, General Manager of the Medical and High-Reliability businesses at Texas Instruments (TI), along with his team, focus on Health, Fitness and Medical Imaging, developing game-changing semiconductor technologies. His efforts are spent making healthcare more affordable, accessible and flexible by giving TI customers the ability to meet complex business challenges using TI’s innovative technologies.
Karthik joined TI’s Silicon Technology Development group in 1995. He has been instrumental in many product innovations in device modeling, high performance RF products and medical IC’s. Having worked on the compact process and device simulation models, Karthik was also involved in the development and validation of advanced SPICE models including BSIM4. Elected as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments in 2005, he managed the high performance RF circuit design team.
Karthik received the Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and his Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He has published over 30 papers and authored/co-authored several patents.
David Van Sickle, PhD, is the co-founder and CEO of Asthmapolis, a Madision, WI based company that is pioneering effective new disease management solutions for asthma and chronic respiratory disease. Previously, Van Sickle was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. From 2004-2006, he was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he was assigned to the Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch. Van Sickle received his PhD in medical anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2004. In 2011, he was named a Champion of Change by the White House for his work on innovation.
As a digital media pioneer, Alex was the first creative executive to focus on the use of new media in healthcare communications. Since that time, she has been at the forefront of understanding and shaping the enormous, game-changing role of digital media in healthcare.
Over the years, Alex has had a key role in the creation of several award-winning, next-generation healthcare agencies. As a principal creative director, Alex has overseen the creative development of groundbreaking brand marketing initiatives, including the first unbranded pharmaceutical website and first Rx-branded social/viral campaign for top pharmaceutical, life sciences, and wellness companies.
Today, as President, Global Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, Alex leads a purpose-built team of creative and strategic professionals with expertise in advertising and branding, strategic planning, digital media and technology, science and medicine – all focused on connecting healthcare brands with the people who need them. Publicis Life Brands, Digitas Health, and Medicus International are among the most sought after and innovative healthcare agencies in the world.
CEO, Co-Founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of highly wearable products. Co-Founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world¹s first iPhone-connected hardware medical device, winner of the Red Dot and GOOD Design Awards, now in the Apple Store. Built AgaMatrix from a raw two-person start-up to shipping 15+ FDA-cleared products, 1B+ biosensors, 3M+ glucose meters for diabetics. Previously, CTO of a software start-up & worked at Microsoft Research on machine learning / linguistic technologies. Studied math (BS) at UIUC & linguistics (PhD) under Noam Chomsky at MIT. Knows some funky languages, mainly good for party tricks. Has since been pursuing his unrequited love for product design, now as patron of good design. Follow on Twitter: @SonnyVu
Yulun Wang founded InTouch Health in 2002. Named one of the top 100 health companies in the US by Inc. magazine, InTouch develops telemedicine systems that let physicians diagnose and consult with patients from remote locations. Wang has long been a pioneer in medical technology with over 100 patents in his name. After earning his PhD in electrical engineering, he founded Computer Motion and invented the first FDA-approved surgical robot, known as Aesop, which was widely used in minimally invasive surgery. Computer Motion went public in 1997 and later merged with Intuitive Surgical. Wang has received numerous entrepreneurship and leadership awards and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. He is on the board of directors at Hoag Memorial Hospital and the American Telemedicine Association and is a member of the Engineering Advisory Board at UC Santa Barbara.
Simon Whitfield has relentlessly pursued excellence in sport – and in life – for as long as he or anyone can remember. At age 25, Whitfield reached triathlon’s peak: he surprised the world with a riveting come-from-behind victory in triathlon’s inaugural Olympics, the Sydney 2000 Summer Games. Whitfield’s relentless pursuit, however, is not something that can be satisfied by a single race victory, no matter how significant. The rewards have followed the hard work: 12 national championships, 14 world cup victories, and in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games, a stunning silver medal. Chosen as Canada’s flag bearer for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Whitfield proudly led the Canadian Olympic team into the stadium for the Opening Ceremonies.
Whitfield’s commitment extends beyond the racecourse: He an ambassador for sport in Canada and as its most decorated racer, a worldwide ambassador for triathlon. He supports numerous charities and loves few things as much as visiting schools to speak to children about finding their own passions and setting goals.
Julia Winn is a recent graduate of Harvard College, where she studied computer science and molecular biology. She founded BetterFit Technologies in November of 2011 when she built the first prototype after data-mining nearly 100,000 comments from health discussion forums. She has led the company through the TechStars Boston accelerator, raised her first seed round, and brought together a team of 8 engineers and researchers to help her do this.
Rich Yang is the vice president of Corporate Sales and Connected Solutions at Dexcom Inc., a medical device company that develops and markets continuous glucose monitoring systems with wireless glucose sensors. Yang is responsible for global corporate sales along with the development and implementation of connected solutions that will facilitate future compatibility with leading wireless health ecosystems. Yang has more than 15 years of experience in medical device marketing, product management and business development with public and private companies including Karl Storz Endoscopy, Integra LifeSciences, Medtronic Diabetes and MiniMed.
As Chief Executive Officer of NeuroSky, Inc., Stanley Yang is the visionary behind the bio-sensor company that has quickly become the global leader in mass market Brain-Computer Interface technology. NeuroSky has developed a revolutionary non-invasive neural communication sensor that converts brainwaves and other bio-signals into digital electronic signals. This “ThinkGear” technology can control electronic devices, enable machines to adept to people, and further enhance education and research on creative applications powered by the brain. NeuroSky has forged successful partnerships with a broad range of companies from Fortune 500 industry leaders to innovative independent developers. Furthermore, NeuroSky leverages collaboration with a number of top domestic and international academic institutions to move technology out of the lab and into the marketplace.
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