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With Donald Jones (Founder, Tele911), Doug Thiede (SVP Life Sciences & Healthcare, NYCEDC), Bill Taranto (Merck GHI Fund), Secil Altintas (AXA Venture Partners), Debra Bass (CMO, Nuvo Cares), Rama Rao (Founder, Bloqcube), Jeremy Sohn (Digital Development Head, Novartis), Stan Kachnowski (Univ. of Oxford).
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM   Absolutely Free   Online

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JP Morgan Health Week in Review
About this Event
Join HITLAB on Thursday, January 21st for JP Morgan Health Week in Review from 11:00am to 2:00pm EST. Following the electric 39th annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, HITLAB presents an orchestra of digital health experts presenting in rapid succession, sharing the most recent developments in the advancement of digital health solutions.

In addition to panel discussions & keynotes from leading digital health experts, attendees can expect major announcements from digital health founders & venture funds which will affect the development of digital health solutions for years to come.

This three-hour digital health conference & expo will arm you with the insights necessary to prepare your healthcare & life science organization for 2021 & beyond.

Join Columbia Business School, NYC EDC, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, AgeTech, Aperture, Remember, Medocity, HealthX, LiveCare, & hundreds others for this massive digital health kick-off conference to 2021.

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Featured Speakers:

Donald Jones



Donald Jones is a globally recognized leader in digital medicine, digital therapies, technology enabled health services & virtual clinic business models. He is a sought out as a speaker, retained advisor & board member. He works across a spectrum of healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device, wearable, smart apparel, material science & healthcare AI companies. He is an Operating Partner with Takeda Digital Ventures. As Chair of the Cardiff Ocean Group, he is an independent director on the boards of venture capital & private equity backed companies with investors including Searchlight Capital, L'Catterton Partners, Flex, Samsung, Omron, GE & Takeda. His Fortune 1000 Advisory Boards have included Flex, TEVA, JSR, Sanofi, Otsuka, Takeda, Astra Zeneca, Cepheid & MAS Holdings. Don has advised the Boards & executive suites of many of the largest pharmaceutical companies. He has the Verily/Sanofi joint venture, Onduo & advises Huami/PAI, the world's largest wearables company. He is a Senior Advisor with both McKinsey & Company & the GLG Institute. Jones serves as Chief Digital Officer (Emeritus) of the Scripps Research Translational Institute (SRTI), an Institute within Scripps Research, collaborating with the renowned Eric Topol, MD. He co-founded Scripps Digital Medicine, the world's first digital health clinical trial center & the non-profit West Health Institute, raising over $130 million.

Doug Thiede

SVP Life Sciences & Healthcare


Doug Thiede is Senior Vice President of Life Sciences & Healthcare at NYCEDC. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Doug worked exclusively with life sciences companies using software & technology services to address critical business issues. For over fifteen years, Doug has worked with leading life sciences organizations to help launch products, solve challenges, & scale businesses. Doug started his career in life sciences at Aventis Pharmaceuticals, followed by working in the medical device industry, employed by emerging device firms such as Spinal Concepts, Leica Microsystems, & Confluent Surgical. In 2009, Doug moved to New York City to help launch Gerson Lehrman Group's life sciences business. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Bill Taranto

President & Partner

Merck GHI Fund

Bill Taranto is the Founder & President of the GHI Fund & responsible for all areas of investing. Bill has more than 30 years of health care experience including over 20 years of healthcare investing. In addition to his experience in venture investing, Bill has more than a decade of management operations experience. Today Mr. Taranto is a member of the Merck Innovative Ventures Board, a group that manages the identification & funding of portfolio businesses; & is also Chairman of the GHI Fund Management Board. Prior to joining Merck, Mr. Taranto spent 18 years at Johnson & Johnson in various venture capital, marketing, sales & business development roles. Before J&J, Mr. Taranto spent eight years in investment banking. Mr. Taranto has a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Secil Altintas


AXA Venture Partners

Secil joined Axa Venture Partners in 2019, & primarily focuses on early stage opportunities in artificial intelligence within financial, consumer, & enterprise technologies. Prior to joining AVP, Secil was a senior product manager at Darwin AI, an AI platform that optimizes & explains deep neural networks. At Darwin AI, Secil created the product vision, strategy, & positioning of their proprietary technology that helped develop the first AI explainability platform in Canada. Before Darwin, Secil was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where she advised clients on growth opportunities & digital transformation. Secil is also the Artificial Lead for the Harvard in Tech group.

Secil graduated from Harvard University with a major in Economics. In her free time, Secil enjoys discovering new restaurants & sailing.

Debra Bass

Chief Marketing Officer

Nuvo Cares

President, United States & Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Nuvo Group Debra is a growth-oriented business & team leader who has built iconic brands at some of the world's most admired Fortune 50 companies. With roots in the fast-moving consumer goods & healthcare industries, she made a bold move in 2018 to an early stage health tech startup to leverage her collective industry experience & know how to bring meaningful innovation to advance women's health.

Debra is currently President of the United States & Global CMO at Nuvo Group, an emerging leader in maternal fetal health with a bold ambition to reinvent pregnancy care for the 21 st century with new technology, tools, & practices that give every life a better beginning. In this capacity, she is shaping & seeding the United States to serve as a lead market for deploying Nuvo's novel technology platform beginning with early adopter customer sites. In addition, she has created & activated Nuvo's global brand foundation to engage multi-stakeholder audiences.

Rama K Rao

CEO & Founder


Rama has 27 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, beginning with Eli Lilly. At Novartis he was global head for development finance for Novartis Oncology, the head of development finance for the United States & the CFO of Novartis Pharma in Canada/Russia. He has led operations on four continents with a P&L range up to $3 billion with integrity. His expertise covers FP&A, licensing, M&A, IT, sourcing, supply chain, operations, treasury & clinical development finance, & the use of LEAN methodologies to streamline processes. Educated at prestigious Indian universities & has an MBA from INSEAD, France. He speaks English, French & Hindi.

Jeremy Sohn

Global Head, Digital Development


Jeremy joined Novartis in 2015 as VP, Head of Digital Business Development & Licensing. In addition to serving in this role, Jeremy was appointed Global Head of Commercial Digital Medicines (2017) & Global Head of Digital Development (2016).

Jeremy is a serial software entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience founding & managing healthcare & technology companies. Jeremy is a Board Member & Advisor to a number of digital health companies, including Pear Therapeutics, Science 37, MintHealth, Neural Analytics, & COTA. Prior to Novartis, Jeremy was Managing Director at MPM Capital where he led the firm's digital-health investment strategy. At MPM, Jeremy founded two companies, CentrosHealth (acquired by Clinical Ink) & TriNetX. In 2011, Jeremy co-founded GrapeVine. From 2007-2011, Jeremy was COO & VP, Strategy & Corporate Development for North Plains Systems, where he lead the company's growth & eventual sale to Accel-KKR. In 2000, he co-founded an open-source operating system company, Wasabi Systems.

Professor Stan Kachnowski, PhD MPA CSEP, an Oxford trained researcher, has taught over 5,000 students from Columbia University, IIT-Delhi, & Quinnipiac College. His teaching & research over the past 25 years includes educating graduate level & executive students on 4 continents & conducting extensive studies on the efficacy & diffusion of digital health, including electronic data capture, ePRO, wearables, & predictive algorithms.

Professor Kachnowski has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers & presentations for national & international journals & societies in digital health development, management, & diffusion. He was selected as a Fellow to CHIME in 1998. In 2003 he received a letter of commendation for teaching excellence from the Dean of the School of Public Health at Columbia University. Professor Kachnowski was named a Fellow to England's Royal Society of Medicine for his research demonstrating the outcomes effectiveness of using the Palm Pilot in managing haemophilia patients in 2005. Professor Kachnowski has received grant funding from a wide ranging groups of sponsors, including over a dozen nations, AARP, WHO, USAID, Gates & Dell Foundations, & most of the top 20 global life science companies. Over the past 25 years he has also served as interim CTO for life science organizations, including Eyetech & He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Oursmedicina, The Hudson Center for Health Equity, & Aptus Health.

Professor Kachnowski holds Bachelors & Master's Degrees from the University of Vermont, & a Doctorate from the University of Oxford.

VIP Benefits Include:

Exclusive VIP Networking Opportunity
Priority Access to Event Recordings
Transcription of the Proceedings
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