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Healthcare & Life Sciences, Innovation

FT Digital Health Summit USA

Driving collaborative, patient-led health transformation

New York |
Speakers include:
Joshua Newman

Joshua Newman


Deven McGraw

Deven McGraw

HHS Office for Civil Rights

Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft

Singularity University


Digital technology continues to push the boundaries and offer solutions to ease the growing pressures of healthcare provision. Collaboration is key to addressing the challenges and realising a successful patient-centered future for healthcare. Novel partnerships and alliances are emerging and stakeholders are extending their reach beyond their traditional domains. Coordinated thinking and cooperation throughout the health value chain will help build an understanding of how to integrate new technologies, facilitate a smooth transition and ultimately reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.

The third instalment of the FT Digital Health Summit USA will take a fresh look at how patients, providers, payers, innovators, regulators and investors can work together to ensure that technology is consistent and effective in meeting the demands of patients and health services. Discussion will delve deep into the trends and opportunities and explore the funding, innovation and approaches needed to drive forward the digital age of health.

To view videos and photographs from the FT Digital Health Summit USA 2016 - please click here

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/12/2017 08:00:0010/12/2017 18:00:00trueFT Digital Health Summit USA Digital technology continues to push the boundaries and offer solutions to ease the growing pressures of healthcare provision. Collaboration is key to addressing the challenges and realising a successful patient-centered future for healthcare. Novel partnerships and alliances are emerging and stakeholders are extending their reach beyond their traditional domains. Coordinated thinking and cooperation throughout the health value chain will help build an understanding of how to integrate new technologies, facilitate a smooth transition and ultimately reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.The third instalment of the FT Digital Health Summit USA will take a fresh look at how patients, providers, payers, innovators, regulators and investors can work together to ensure that technology is consistent and effective in meeting the demands of patients and health services. Discussion will delve deep into the trends and opportunities and explore the funding, innovation and approaches needed to drive forward the digital age of health.To view videos and photographs from the FT Digital Health Summit USA 2016 - please click hereFT-Digital-Health-Summit-USA-d7f1ea002fdc63c94e8f41fec08491b6MM/DD/YYYY

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"A diverse group with a variety of viewpoints to compare and contrast made this conference a favourite" - Michael Rea, CEO, RX Savings Solutions

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Speakers (26)

Joshua Newman

Joshua Newman

Chief Medical Officer

Dr Newman has a 20-year history in health IT development, implementation and strategy. He has designed, built, and managed numerous applications, including those for medical residency administration, billing and clinical care, promoting collaboration between physicians, and easing the adoption of electronic medical records systems.

In his current role at Salesforce, Dr Newman is responsible for success across provider, payer, pharmaceutical and medical device and diagnostics companies, and for Health Cloud, Salesforce’s flagship healthcare industry product.

Prior to Salesforce, Dr Newman worked as a practicing family physician and assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA with a research focus on health information technology. 

Dr Newman received his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Advocate Illinois Masonic/UIC program. He also completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA, a postgraduate fellowship, and received an MSHS degree in Health Services.

Deven McGraw

Deven McGraw

Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy
HHS Office for Civil Rights

Ms McGraw is a well-respected expert on the HIPAA Rules and brings to her positions a wealth of experience in both the private sector and the non-profit advocacy world. Prior to joining HHS, she was a partner in the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  She previously served as the Director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology, which is a leading consumer voice on health privacy and security policy issues, and as the Chief Operating Officer at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she provided strategic leadership and substantive policy expertise for the Partnership’s health policy agenda.   Ms McGraw graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland. She earned her JD, magna cum laude, and her LLM from Georgetown University Law Center and was Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft

Faculty Chair Medicine and Neuroscience
Singularity University

Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator.  Dr Kraft has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation.  He has chaired the Medicine track for Singularity University  since its inception in 2008, and is Founder and Executive Director of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.

Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Dr Kraft was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children's Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford.   He has multiple scientific publications and medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California San Francisco.

Dr Kraft is a member of the Kaufman Fellows Society (Class 13) and member of the Inaugural (2015) class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship.

He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies. Dr Kraft is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with F-15 & F-16 fighter Squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection.

Lloyd Minor

Lloyd Minor

Stanford School of Medicine

Lloyd B Minor is a scientist, surgeon, and academic leader. He is the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, a position he has held since December 2012. He is also a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and a professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy, at Stanford University.

As dean, Dr Minor plays an integral role in setting strategy for the clinical enterprise of Stanford Medicine, which includes the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. With his leadership, Stanford Medicine has established a strategic vision to lead the biomedical revolution in precision health, a fundamental shift to more proactive and personalized health care that empowers people to lead healthy lives.

Before coming to Stanford, Dr Minor was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of The Johns Hopkins University. Prior to his appointment as provost in 2009, Dr Minor served as the Andelot Professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and otolaryngologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

With more than 140 published articles and chapters, Dr Minor is an expert in balance and inner ear disorders. He is perhaps best known for his discovery of superior canal dehiscence syndrome, a debilitating disorder characterized by sound- or pressure-induced dizziness. He subsequently developed a surgical procedure that corrects the problem and alleviates symptoms.

Dr Minor is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Deneen Vojta

Deneen Vojta

Executive Vice President, Research and Development
UnitedHealth Group

Deneen Vojta is a member of the core Enterprise Research and Development leadership group, a division of UnitedHealth Group that is focused accelerating enterprise innovation solutions to improve health care quality, reduce care costs, more effectively engage consumers in their health and help modernize the health system.

Before joining UnitedHealth, Dr Vojta held several senior management positions in health care including serving as CEO of MYnetico, a company she founded to focus on the childhood obesity epidemic facing the nation.  Dr Vojta has more than 20 years of executive experience in health system and health plan administration.  She has served as a board member of non-profit health care institutions, and earned numerous federal and foundation grants to investigate complex health care concerns.  Recent accomplishments include a National Diabetes Prevention Program in partnership with the Y-USA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an evidence-based childhood obesity solution, and Project NOT ME, a reality TV diabetes prevention program that earned Dr Vojta a regional Emmy for her role as an Executive Producer.  She also was named a CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Best of Innovations Honoree in 2014. 

Dr Vojta earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine.  She trained in paediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and in 2003 was named “Top 40 under 40”by the Philadelphia Business Journal.  In 2011 she was named among the “Top Women in Business” by the Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal.

Abdullah Albeyatti

Abdullah Albeyatti

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr Albeyatti graduated from Imperial College London as a doctor in 2011. He has always had a passion for innovation and problem solving and has developed solutions to inefficiencies he found whilst working in the UK National Health Service. In February 2016 he co-founded Medicalchain, initially as Discharge Summary – an application used in hospitals to generate accurate medical reports on patients, before they are discharged.
Dr Albeyatti’s career in medicine started with surgical training in London and has moved on to general practice with a view to continuing his ENT passion and furthering his management aspirations.  He continues to work in Accident and Emergency to sharpen his clinical skill set.

Ashish Atreja

Ashish Atreja

Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer, Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Ashish Atreja has received formal training in public health and is board certified in gastroenterology, clinical informatics and internal medicine. Over the last fifteen years, he has led many public health and informatics initiatives at Cleveland Clinic and Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY that includes developing online education modules, leading EHR implementation, performing analytics on healthcare data and developing enterprise-wide mobile apps. As Chief Technology Innovation and Engagement Officer, Medicine, he leads the Sinai AppLab ( that is one of a kind collaborative hub to build and test disruptive mhealth technologies.

Dr Atreja leads scientific registries for American Gastroenterology Association and serves in Innovation Advisory Board for American College of Cardiology. As an intrapreneur, Dr Atreja has won innovation awards at Cleveland Clinic and Mount Sinai, successfully licensed technologies from academic centers and advises startups, accelerators and Fortune 500 companies in digital medicine.  More recently, Dr Atreja launched first enterprise-wide app curation and prescribing platform that is licensed to Mount Sinai Spinoff, Responsive Health ( Recently, Dr Atreja established Network of Digital Medicine ( to connect innovation centers worldwide and share best practices for digital medicine innovation and implementation. Dr Atreja has published more than 60 papers and has presented and advised globally on topics related to digital medicine, patient and health system outcomes.

Daniel Barchi

Daniel Barchi

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
New York Presbyterian

Daniel Barchi is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of New York-Presbyterian, one of the largest healthcare providers in the US and the University Hospital of Columbia and Weill Cornell. He leads a team of more than 700 informatics and technology specialists who deliver the tools and data that physicians and nurses use to deliver acute care and manage population health.  Before joining New York-Presbyterian, Mr Barchi was Chief Information Officer of the Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Health System. In that role he established nation-leading analytics and clinical research technology practices and led a $300m Electronic Medical Record project. Before joining Yale, he was Senior Vice President and CIO of the $1.4bn Carilion Health System, and led the integration of Carilion’s operations through implementation of Electronic Medical Records at seven hospitals and 140 physician practices.Mr Barchi was previously President of the Carilion Biomedical Institute and Director of Technology and Engineering for MCI WorldCom. In both roles, he was appointed as CEO, COO, and Chief Restructuring Officer of privately held and venture-backed companies in the healthcare and technology industries. Earlier, Mr Barchi served as MCI's Director of Global Project Management responsible for product deployment in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Mr Barchil began his career as a US.Naval officer at sea on guided-missile cruisers. During his service, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, the Southeast Asia Service Medal for Iraq operations in the Red Sea, and the NATO Service Medal for Bosnia operations in the Adriatic Sea.

Mr Barchi holds a BS from Annapolis, the US Naval Academy, and a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. He is faculty at Yale University.

Stephen Bloch

Stephen Bloch

General Partner
Canaan Partners

As an early investor and chairman, Steve helped Advanced BioHealing (ABH), a leader in regenerative medicine, grow from a seed stage company to a $750M all-cash acquisition by Shire, generating a 15X return for Canaan. He currently serves on the boards of companies in digital health (Truveris, Ambra Health and Genome Medical); biopharma (Envisia and Liquidia); medical devices (Mitraspan and Onkos); and diagnostics (Sample6).

Before joining Canaan in 2002, Steve founded multiple start-ups, including Radiology Management Sciences (RMS), a pioneer in managing radiology benefits for health plans, where he was CEO for 6 years. Steve obtained his AB from Dartmouth College, received his MA in the history of science and public policy from Harvard, and he earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester. Steve received his medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (radiology) and Lenox Hill Hospital/Cornell Medical School (internal medicine). It was there that he contracted the entrepreneurial bug - the one thing he admits he can't cure.

Julia Cheek

Julia Cheek

CEO and Founder

Julia is the CEO and Founder of EverlyWell, the next-generation healthcare testing platform empowering consumers to order, self-collect, and understand lab tests. Based in Austin, TX, EverlyWell has raised $5 million to date and is one of the fastest-growing consumer healthcare startups in recent history. They’ve reached millions in sales in just one year after launching in beta. The company has 17 employees and thousands of customers around the country. Julia was also named the number one female entrepreneur to watch by CIO magazine for 2017.

Prior to founding EverlyWell in 2015, Julia was the Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at MoneyGram International, a public financial services company that operates in 200 countries. As the youngest VP in the company, she worked for MoneyGram’s CFO for several years, leading corporate transactions, restructuring projects, and special projects for the CEO.

After attending Vanderbilt, Julia started her career in management consulting at Deloitte and went on to earn her MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar with high distinction.

Casper de Clercq

Casper de Clercq

General Partner
Norwest Venture Partners

With over 30 years of experience, Casper is a veteran of the medical device and life sciences industry, having led marketing and commercialization efforts for companies that span the healthcare space. He brings extensive operating knowledge to Norwest Venture Partners, where he focuses on mid-to-late-stage investments in consumer and digital health, healthcare IT, medical devices and diagnostics, technology-enabled healthcare services, and specialty pharmaceuticals. He currently serves on the boards of iRhythm Technologies (Nasdaq: IRTC), Omada Health, and NextHealth Technologies. Casper was previously on the board of Basis (acquired by Intel), Crossover Health (acquired by Gurnet Point Capital), Intersect ENT (Nasdaq: XENT), and Telcare (acquired by BioTelemetry). Casper is also responsible for Norwest’s investment in Misfit Wearables (acquired by Fossil). 

Casper holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, an MS in biological science from Stanford University and a BA in biochemistry from Dartmouth College.

Asif Dhar

Asif Dhar

Principal, Chief Health Informatics Officer

Dr Dhar is a principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP's Monitor Deloitte practice. He serves as Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) and helps drive the Therapeutic Area Transformation Integrated offering. He is a thought leader on topics such as comparative and clinical effectiveness, exponentials and innovation, personalized medicine, informatics, and disease transformation. He has a deep understanding of the complexities of clinical data reuse for safety, quality, and outcomes.

John Dwyer

John Dwyer

Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation

John is a serial healthcare entrepreneur who most recently participated in the acquisition of MeYou Health, upon whose Board he now serves.  Prior to GAP, John served as the co-founder and Chairman of Telcare, Inc, a high technology manufacturer of the first wirelessly enabled blood glucose meter designed to empower patients with diabetes to better manage their disease.

Mr Dwyer has held “C” level positions in six emerging growth companies in the healthcare industry. His past assignments have included serving as CEO of e-Medex, Inc, which later merged with Active Health Management to become the leading provider of population health management services where he served as the Chief Operating Officer. Active Health was purchased by Aetna in 2005. He was also a co-founder and Chairman of CodeRyte, Inc, a venture-backed seller of medical billing software using natural language processing to generate billing codes.  CodeRyte was purchased by 3M in 2012.

Mr Dwyer co-founded Us Against Alzheimer’s, a patient advocacy group focused on changing the way the country addresses the threat posed by Alzheimer’s. He also cofounded the first political action committee focused on a specific disease, the Alzheimer’s Action PAC. He began his career as an attorney with the Washington DC based law firm of Arent, Fox LLP where he focused on transactions in regulated industries.  Mr Dwyer is a graduate of Marquette University and the Cornell Law School.

The GAP Foundation is dedicated to making the clinical trial process for Alzheimer’s therapies substantially more efficient thereby speeding cures to patients afflicted with this insidious disease.

Kobi Gershoni

Kobi Gershoni

Co-founder and Chief Research Officer
Signals Analytics

Kobi Gershoni is Co-founder and Chief Research Officer of Signals Analytics. Prior to co-founding Signals Analytics, Mr Gershoni  was a Senior Analyst and Information Officer for an elite intelligence unit in the Israel Defense Forces, where he began to contemplate and refine the incorporation of open source intelligence into the growth plans of consumer brands and innovation agendas of life sciences companies. Mr Gershoni holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy as well as a BA in International Relations from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Jody Holtzman

Jody Holtzman

Senior Vice President, Market Innovation

Jody Holtzman has over twenty-five years of experience helping companies develop and implement competitive strategies and achieve their strategic market goals, Jody now leads the Market Innovation group for AARP, where he brings a non-traditional perspective to the field of aging shaped by a 20-year career in strategy, innovation, and organizational change.

At AARP, Jody is focused on ways to spark innovation in the market to benefit people over 50. In this role he envisioned and developed the concept of the $7.6 trillion Longevity Economy; co-founded and launched the Longevity Network,, with United Healthcare; and, created the Innovation@50+ LivePitch franchise which has attracted over 1,000 applicants and seen 27 out of the first 50 finalists raise over $175 million in venture investment.

Jody’s work has been published in Venture Capital Review, the Journal of Business Strategy, Competitive Intelligence Magazine, the Competitive Intelligence Anthology, and Making Cents Out of Knowledge Management. He has a graduate degree in international political economy from the University of Chicago.

David Liu

David Liu

President and Chief Operating Officer

David Liu serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Quartet, a healthcare technology company that integrates mental and physical care to improve health. In his role, David oversees the successful execution of business strategy and operations, and leads product, technology, and marketing.  David’s leadership, management and vision have allowed Quartet to execute on its robust product roadmap and expand in key geographic markets across the country.

 David most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Knewton, where he drove the company’s evolution and growth from a consumer test prep startup to the global leader in adaptive learning serving many of the world’s largest education entities. Under his leadership, Knewton developed and scaled the preeminent, data-driven adaptive learning platform used by K-20 students, instructors and education companies. Prior to Knewton, David was Senior Vice President of Global Messaging at AOL. In this role, David founded AOL’s Portals business, responsible for the generation of 50M+ monthly users and $100M +/yr revenue.

David serves as an angel investor and advisor to tech start-ups. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Michael  Mittelman

Michael Mittelman

Patient Advocate

Michael Mittelman is the former CEO and Co-Founder of PHmHealth, a digital health company focused on post-acute care and compliance.  Mr Mittelman is also a Co-Founder of the American Living Organ Donor Network, a patient rights group focused on living organ donation.  His experience as a patient spans over 3 decades, and he is a 3-time kidney transplant recipient.  He has been an advocate in front the FDA, and he has been chosen as a patient representative at the upcoming annual meeting of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Additionally, he serves on the steering committee of a PCORI-Funded initiative.  He has also overseen the mobile app development taskforce and the data governance taskforce for the same PCORI-funded initiative, the NephCure Kidney Network.  Mr Mittelman is a tireless, independent patient advocate and a healthcare strategist.  He strongly believes that patients should play integral roles in healthcare companies and government agencies. 
He holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.  He also has a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a published author, with his latest piece in the American Journal of Transplantation.

Kabir Nath

Kabir Nath

President & CEO
Otsuka North America Pharmaceutical Business

Kabir joined Otsuka to head the North American pharmaceutical business in March 2016, with direct responsibility for Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Avanir and Otsuka Canada.

Before joining Otsuka, Kabir spent 13 years in leadership roles at Bristol Myers Squibb. Most recently he was Senior Vice President, Virology, Transplant and Optimized Brands, responsible for the commercialization of a significant portfolio, including drugs for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C and immunosuppression, in the USA.  Previously he was Senior Vice President, Global Commercialization - Virology and Neuroscience, leading global strategy for these two disease areas. 

Kabir joined BMS in Singapore in 2003 as Vice President for South East Asia/Taiwan/HK and moved to Shanghai in 2005 as President of BMS China. In 2008, Kabir was appointed President, Asia Pacific Medicines, with responsibility for all commercial operations in 13 countries.  Prior to joining BMS, Kabir spent 11 years at Smith & Nephew, the medical technology company, in senior operational and strategic roles in the UK, Europe and Asia.

Kabir holds an MA from King’s College, University of Cambridge, and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.

Nelia Padilla

Nelia Padilla

Vice President, Consulting Services

Nelia brings over 20 years of consulting and industry experience working with senior leadership at pharma, biotech, diagnostic and medical device firms. She is passionate about bringing the best tailored treatment, at the right time to patients and facilitating the connection to treatment with digital technologies.  Throughout her career, she developed expertise across a wide range of products while working at the intersection of R&D and commercial, especially in digital health, tailored therapeutics and clinical trial operations.  Recent publications include “Step by step: Leveraging wearables in clinical trials”.

Before joining QuintilesIMS, Nelia spent more than 8 years at Strategy&, a PwC company (formerly Booz & Company) where she co-led the Personalized Medicine offering. Prior to joining Strategy&, Nelia spent over seven years working in regulatory affairs for pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology firms in the US, Canada and Europe including Serono and Cell Therapeutics.

Nelia earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management and is a native Spanish speaker. 

Mitchell Parker

Mitchell Parker

Executive Director, Compliance and Security
Indiana University Health

Mitchell Parker is the Executive Director, Information Security and Compliance, at IU Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Mitch is currently working on redeveloping the Information Security program at IU Health, and regularly works with multiple non-technology stakeholders to improve it. Mitch has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University, a MS in Information Technology Leadership from LaSalle University, and his MBA from Temple University.

Michael  Rea

Michael Rea

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Rx Savings Solutions

Michael Rea founded Rx Savings Solutions in 2008 after routinely witnessing consumers struggling to pay for their medications. He noticed quickly at that time that consumers were paying much more than they needed to, which was attributable to a lack of information available to them. He set out on his mission to arm consumers with this information and add efficiency and transparency back into the world of pharmacy. Dr Rea has been involved with research surrounding pharmacy transparency for over 10 years. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University.

David Sabow

David Sabow

Head of Life Science and Healthcare
Silicon Valley Bank

David Sabow serves as the head of Silicon Valley Bank’s life science and healthcare practice, as well as the group head for the Bank’s client funds and products businesses. David manages life science and healthcare deal teams across the country, is responsible for the Bank’s on and off balance sheet deposit strategy and is the executive lead for the Bank’s products. 

Prior to joining SVB, David spent nine years in the life science investment banking practice at Canaccord Genuity, where he participated in public financings and M&A transactions.  While at Canaccord, David worked on both domestic and international transactions across the spectrum of life science and healthcare.  Outside of work David is the co-chair of the Kelly Brush Foundation’s Inspire!Boston event, and is a member of the Board of Advisors for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham.  David completed the executive program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School, focusing on Leadership and Strategic Impact.  He graduated with distinction from Santa Clara University and lives in Needham, Massachusetts.

Mary Sano

Mary Sano

Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dan  Skovronsky

Dan Skovronsky

Senior Vice President, Product and Clinical Development
Eli Lilly and Company

Daniel Skovronsky is Senior Vice President, Clinical and Product Development at Eli Lilly and Company, with responsibility for developing the Lilly pipeline of molecules and speeding innovative medicines to patients.  Prior to this role he served as Vice President, Tailored Therapeutics.  Dr Skovronsky also serves as Chairman of Avid Radiopharmaceuticals (a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company). 

Dr Skovronsky joined Lilly in 2010 when the company acquired Avid Radiopharmaceuticals.  Previously, Dr Skovronsky served as CEO of Avid, which he founded in late 2004.  At Avid, Skovronsky led the discovery, development, and FDA approval of Amyvid®, the first diagnostic agent for brain imaging of beta-amyloid plaques in patients with cognitive impairment being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease and other causes of cognitive decline.

Dr Skovronsky trained as a resident in pathology and completed a fellowship in neuropathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  He received his MD and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and did his undergraduate training in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University. 

Unity Stoakes

Unity Stoakes

Co-founder and President
StartUp Health

Unity Stoakes is on a mission to reinvent health and wellness by leveraging the power of networked entrepreneurs, innovation, technology, data, design, collaboration and community. Unity is the Co-founder and President of StartUp Health, which is organizing and supporting a global army of Health Transformers. With more than 350 Healthcare Transformers and 200 companies, StartUp Health spans more than a dozen countries and 60 cities.
Unity has been a technology entrepreneur since the mid-nineties, previously co-founding OrganizedWisdom and helping build The Privacy Council, Middleberg Interactive and, which he helped take public on NASDAQ with his business partner of 20 years, Steven Krein. 

Unity is a contributing writer for Forbes and has been a guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC and USA Today. He is also the host of StartUp Health NOW, a weekly web show on the entrepreneurs and changemakers reimagining health.
Unity is a founding member of the Society of Participatory Medicine and on the AARP Innovation @50+ Advisory Board, the SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board and Care Innovations Advisory Board. He received his BA in Communications and Political Science from Boston University.

Melissa Thompson

Melissa Thompson

Patient Advisor
Memorial Sloan Kettering

Melissa Thompson is an entrepreneur, a Patient Advisor at Memorial Sloan Kettering, as well as the author and namesake of Melissa’s Law for Fertility Preservation.  By background, Melissa is a healthcare technologist, strategist, and purveyor of patient-driven innovation. She often bridges the knowledge gaps between institution, vendors and patients, particularly with technology-based solutions.

Melissa is on the Patient and Family Advisor Council for Quality at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a Patient Advisor to the Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies program at the NIH, and sits on the multiple grant review boards.  Her current initiatives at Sloan Kettering include a tech-enabled solution to reduce patient financial toxicity, spearheading the first-ever Patient Innovation Challenge, focused reimagining the end-of-life experience; employing virtual reality in the intensive care setting, and co-creating the “Ambulatory Center of the Future”.  Referred to in WIRED as a “game-changer” by Bill Gates, Melissa works with organizations and governments to highlight, address and solve problems in healthcare.   


Chairman and Moderators (3)

David  Crow

David Crow

Senior US Business Correspondent
Financial Times

David Crow is a Senior US Business Correspondent for the Financial Times, covering telecoms, technology, and pharmaceuticals. He is based in New York. He previously worked on the FT's main news desk in London, where he edited the front page of the print edition. Before joining the FT he was Managing Editor of City AM, the London financial newspaper.

Mr Crow has an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow.

Aimee Keane

Aimee Keane

Reporter and Multimedia Journalist
Financial Times

Aimee Keane is a reporter and multimedia journalist for the Financial Times based in New York. She joined the FT in 2015, and has reported on the healthcare and leisure sectors. She also produces the FT's weekly business and economist podcast, Alphachat.

Ms Keane has an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Peter Micca

Peter Micca


Pete Micca is a partner with 30 years of experience in the health care and life sciences industry. He has worked across the industry with companies including health plans (commercial, Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Advantage operations), life sciences (pharmaceuticals, pharmacy benefit managers, medical devices, distribution, health tech and health services and biotechnology organizations) and health care providers (accountable care organizations and retail health and services.)

Pete is currently the National Audit Industry Leader, Health Plans. He previously served as National Assurance and Enterprise Risk Services Industry Leader, Health Plans, and has significant experience working with audit, advisory, consulting and tax on cross-functional industry solutions, resources and go to market strategies. Pete also leads Deloitte’s national cross-sector go to market strategy around the emergence of Health Tech and Health Services within the industry. 

Pete has served on the board of advisors of St. John’s University College of Business and of the Executive Business Program at Columbia University.

Agenda - 12th Oct

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 8:50am
    Opening remarks from the Chair

    David Crow, Senior US Business Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Keynote: Realizing a shared vision of patient-centered healthcare

    Joshua Newman, Chief Medical Officer, Salesforce

    Moderator:  David Crow, Senior US Business Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:30am
    The changing dynamics on the frontline of digital health

    The democratization of healthcare has shifted the balance of power and put the patient in the driver’s seat. Empowering the patient to take a more proactive role and meaningful control of their diagnosis and treatment is at the heart of digital health and care delivery. Providers are under increasing pressure to demonstrate value, contain costs and deliver customized solutions. This discussion will focus on frontline collaboration and how the multiple goals can be aligned between patients and providers to optimize digital engagement and realize the potential of technology and data to increase efficiencies and improve health outcomes.

    • How is technology impacting healthcare practices and the interface between patient and physician?
    • What do consumers and physicians need in terms of connectivity?
    • Integrating technology into everyday lives.  Solutions to engage the patient and facilitate self-managed care
    • Harnessing increasing amounts of patient-generated data to produce insights and drive health transformation

    Keynote:  Deneen Vojta, Executive Vice President, Research and Development, UnitedHealth Group


    Ashish Atreja, Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer, Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Melissa Thompson, Patient Advisor, Memorial Sloan Kettering

    Nelia Padilla, Vice President, Consulting Services, QuintilesIMS

    Kobi Gershoni, Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer, Signals Analytics

    Moderator:  David Crow, Senior US Business Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:20am
    Keynote Interview

    Lloyd Minor, Dean, Stanford School of Medicine

    Moderator:  David Crow, Senior US Business Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
    Networking break
  • 11:10am
    Spotlight on security: Combatting cyber crime

    Privacy and safety concerns represent a major barrier to the progress of digital health. Consumers want to be assured that the storing and transfer of growing amounts of data can be done in a  secure way.  However, protecting personal information is challenging, largely due to the diversity of applications, systems and devices. With cyber threats on the increase and cyber criminals becoming more sophisticated, there is a pressing need for manufacturers and hospitals to work together to manage the threats and reduce the information security risk.  This session will debate:

    • Striking a balance between safeguarding personal information and promoting the development of innovative technologies  
    • What new measures are providers and regulators taking to prevent, detect and mitigate cyber attacks?
    • What are the responsibilities of the manufacturers in addressing patient safety risks and how are they putting the appropriate mitigations in place?

    Deven McGraw, Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy, HHS Office for Civil Rights

    Daniel Barchi, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, New York Presbyterian

    Mitchell Parker, Executive Director, Compliance and Security, Indiana University Health

    Moderator:  Aimee Keane, Reporter and Multimedia Journalist, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Investment Panel: Tapping new opportunities

    2017 is predicted to be a record year for digital health funding and the global market is expected to double within the next three years, exceeding $200 billion by 2020. At the same time, the investor mix is changing as the digital health landscape evolves and matures and new players and novel partnerships are emerging.  Corporate and strategic investors, such as healthcare systems, are increasing their reach in tech-enabled health.  Seed and early stage deals have been the name of the game for many investors, but is the tide now turning towards longer-term financing?

    • Which parts of the health value chain are attracting the greatest investment interest?  What will it take to attract interest in later stage investment?
    • M&A trends and outlook
    • How are investment bankers viewing the opportunities?
    • What is the public market appetite for digital health looking like?  How robust is the IPO pipeline?
    • The rise of regional investment hubs

    Stephen Bloch, General Partner, Canaan Partners 

    Casper de Clercq, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners 

    Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Market Innovation, AARP

    Moderator:  Peter Micca, Partner, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Deloitte   

  • 12:45pm
    Keynote Address and Conversation with the FT

    The future of health and medicine:  where can technology take us? 

    Daniel Kraft, Faculty Chair Medicine and Neuroscience, Singularity University, Founder and Chair, Exponential Medicine 

    Moderator:  Aimee Keane, Reporter and Multimedia Journalist, Financial Times

  • 1:15pm
  • 2:30pm
    Digital health dialogue: Collaborative innovation and successful routes to market

    With the explosion of new technologies, innovators must be able to set themselves apart from the competition and employ the business models required to bring their products to market.  There is a need to define and demonstrate value as well as performance and navigate swiftly through the regulatory approval process.  This session will explore how technology developers are taking advantage of collaborative opportunities to share expertise and capabilities in order to commercialize digital products.

    • Cross industry partnerships advancing connected health
    • Integrating start-ups into healthcare systems
    • How do you close the gap between product development and adoption?
    • In what ways are new players disrupting existing business models?
    • What are the regulatory hurdles that need to be overcome?

     Asif Dhar, Principal, Chief Health Informatics Officer, Deloitte

     Unity Stoakes, President and Co-founder, StartUp Health

     David Sabow, Head of Life Science and Healthcare, Silicon Valley Bank

     Michael Mittelman, Patient Advocate

     Moderator: David Crow, Senior US Business Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:15pm
    Fireside chat
  • 3:35pm
    Special focus: Disrupting dementia in the digital age of health

    The cost of Alzheimer's and dementia care is estimated to be $259 billion this year. Technology is converging with medicine to advance scientific research and provide practical solutions to this 21st century ticking time-bomb. New approaches such as AI, robotics and big data have a key role to play in disrupting the impact on patients and caregivers.  The pursuit of modifying drugs for Alzheimer’s remains one of the pharmaceutical industry’s greatest challenges. This special focus session will look at how technology can be leveraged and connected throughout healthcare, in order to better understand the disease and deliver more personalized and effective care for dementia patients

    • Innovative approaches to clinical trials for dementia
    • Assessing the cost-effectiveness of technology in dementia research and care
    • How do you tailor technologies to suit the individual’s changing needs and preferences?

    John Dwyer, President, Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation

    Dan Skovronsky, Senior Vice President Product and Clinical Development, Eli Lilly and Company

    Mary Sano, Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Mount Sinai

    Moderator: David Crow, Senior US Business Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:20pm
    Technology Showcase

    An up-to-the-minute view of the digital disruptors that are pushing the boundaries of technology and addressing healthcare’s greatest challenges for both patients and providers.  These quick fire interviews will assess how the latest wave of cutting-edge innovations can help sustain the future health and social care system by improving the efficiency of healthcare institutions and the outcomes for patients.  What do the innovations offer in terms of patient impact and potential investment returns?

    Julia Cheek, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, EverlyWell

    Kabir Nath, President and CEO, Otsuka North America Pharmaceutical Business

    David Liu, President and Chief Operating Officer, Quartet

    Abdullah Albeyatti, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Medicalchain

    Michael Rea, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rx Savings Solutions

    Moderator:  Aimee Keane, Reporter and Multimedia Journalist, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Closing Remarks from the FT

    Aimee Keane, Reporter and Multimedia Journalist, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    Drinks reception

Why Attend?

  • Assess how patients are continuing to take more control of their own value-based healthcare
  • Take home ideas that will allow your own business to specifically target the latest consumer and patient demands
  • Better identify cyber threats and reduce information security risks
  • Find out how innovators are closing the gap between product development and adoption
  • Hear the latest from pharma and biotech leaders who have strong influence on the digital uptake in medicine

Who Attends?

CEOs, Chief Medical Officers, CFOs, CTOs, CIOs, Heads of Healthcare, Directors of Innovation, Managing Directors, Healthcare Investment, Technology Directors, Heads of Life Sciences, Heads of Disruptive Innovation, Heads of R&D and other senior executives from the following companies:

  • Life science companies 
  • Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies 
  • Healthcare providers 
  • Multi-technology corporations 
  • Investment banks 
  • Medical device manufacturers 
  • Health insurers 
  • Health/big data companies 
  • Multi-technology corporations 
  • Venture capitalists 
  • Health regulatory agencies 
  • Mobile app providers 
  • Mobile operators and service providers 
  • Technology consultancies 
  • Management consultancies 
  • Telemedicine companies 
  • Mobile technology manufacturers 
  • Digital health companies 
  • Data integrators/analytics/brokers 
  • Genomics/personalised medicine related companies 
  • Wireless-device manufacturers

With the support of (1)

About Life Sciences and Health Care at Deloitte*

Deloitte’s life sciences and health care (LSHC) industry group is composed of over 12,000 professionals in over 90 countries. These professionals understand the complexity of today’s life sciences and health care industry challenges, and provide clients with integrated, comprehensive services that meet their respective needs. In today’s environment, LSHC professionals from across the Deloitte network help companies to evolve in a changing marketplace, pursue new and innovative solutions, and sustain long-term profitability.

For more information, visit or email

*Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL), a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity.

Lead Sponsors (3)

QuintilesIMS is a leading global healthcare provider of integrated information and technology-enabled services.  QI is dedicated to helping its clients improve their clinical, scientific and commercial results. Formed through the merger of Quintiles and IMS Health, QuintilesIMS’s approximately 50,000 employees conduct operations in more than 100 countries. QuintilesIMS develops and implements solutions to help its clients maximize innovation and drive healthcare forward. To learn more, visit

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at or follow @UnitedHealthGrp on Twitter.

Signals Analytics' journey began in 2009 when two Israeli military intelligence officers with decades of combined experience in utilizing open source (OSINT), signals (SIGINT) and human (HUMINT) intelligence to enable covert operations realized that the same concepts, processes and technologies deployed in the battlefield could be utilized to make better decisions in the boardroom.
Eight years later and we are a 150-person strong augmented intelligence company headquartered and growing in New York with offices in Geneva and Tel Aviv. We've created system of insight that transforms the world’s unconnected data into actions to optimize product portfolio health, accelerate new product development and propel breakthrough innovations. And we are honored to enable over 60 of the world’s top brands to continuously experience the “aha moment”.

Associate Sponsor (2)

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. 

Anchored by our social mission to enhance the quality of life for a rapidly growing market, Innovation@50+ positions AARP to shape the solution landscape and expand the real possibilities for people over 50. For more details visit: or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Medicalchain is building a platform for secure storage and utilization of electronic health records on the blockchain. The company is also building a doctor-to-patient platform to allow users to directly connect with healthcare professionals, share their records and get consultations, second opinions, online through a secure channel.

The company was originally founded in February 2016 to provide a software solution inside hospitals. The solution is known as ‘Discharge Summary’ and it uses a workflow tool to accurately write an assessment of a patient as they are being discharged from surgery or a long hospital visit. The software is currently being used by hospitals in UK and the team decided to extend this project and go further with Medicalchain.

Medicalchain wants people to have access to their health records everywhere. Today, you can travel far and wide and you will have access to your phone, contacts, photos, files, bank accounts but not your health records - probably the most important and life saving information you need. In most developed countries around the world you, as a patient, have a legal right to request your records. Medicalchain is providing you with a platform to do that. But more importantly, Medicalchain wants its users to be able to use it immediately by communicating and sharing (on a time limited basis) with other doctors.

The bigger vision is to allow pharmaceutical, insurance and other healthcare organisations and stakeholders to be able to interact with health records on patients' terms. Medicalchain believes that health records should be a part of everyone’s life and not just referred to when someone is ill.

Supporting Partners (2)

In 2011, StartUp Health introduced a revolutionary new model for transforming health by organizing and supporting a global army of entrepreneurs called Health Transformers. With the world’s largest digital health portfolio (200 companies spanning five continents, 18 countries and 60+ cities), StartUp Health’s long-term platform for entrepreneurs includes the StartUp Health Academy, StartUp Health Network, StartUp Health Media and StartUp Health Ventures. Founded by Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes, StartUp Health is chaired by former Time Warner CEO Jerry Levin. Notable strategic partners and investors include AARP; Aurora Health Care; California Health Care Foundation; Children’s Hospital Colorado; University of Colorado; UCHealth; Steve Case; Mark Cuban; Esther Dyson; Brad Feld; Genentech; GE Ventures; Janssen Research & Development, ; Kaiser Permanente Ventures; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SAP, and SeventySix Capital. To learn more, please visit

Since 2004, Medgadget has been reporting on medical technology from around the world. We cover the latest medical devices and approvals, technology breakthroughs and discoveries, conduct exclusive interviews with med tech leaders, and file reports from healthcare conferences.


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