Henrik I. Christensen, PhD
Director, Contextual Robotics Institute
Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Faculty, Office of the Dean of Engineering
Faculty Affiliate, California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Henrik I. Christensen is the Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair of Robot Systems and a Professor of Computer Science at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering UC San Diego. He is also the director of the Institute for Contextual Robotics. Prior to UC San Diego he was the founding director of Institute for Robotics and Intelligent machines (IRIM) at Georgia Institute of Technology (2006-2016). Dr. Christensen does research on systems integration, human-robot interaction, mapping and robot vision. The research is performed within the Cognitive Robotics Laboratory. He has published more than 350 contributions across AI, robotics and vision. His research has a strong emphasis on “real problems with real solutions”. A problem needs a theoretical model, implementation, evaluation, and translation to the real world. He is actively engaged in the setup and coordination of robotics research in the US (and worldwide). He was the main author of the “US National Robotics Roadmap” – 2009, 2013 and 2017. Dr. Christensen received the Engelberger Award 2011, the highest honor awarded by the robotics industry. He was also awarded the “Boeing Supplier of the Year 2011”. Dr. Christensen is a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He received an honorary doctorate in engineering from Aalborg University 2014. He collaborates with institutions and industries across three continents. His research has been featured in major media such as CNN, NY Times, BBC, …
Co-Founder & CEO, Heal
Nick Desai is an accomplished and visionary entrepreneur who has started and led four venture funded start-ups over the last 18 years. Nick is the Co-Founder and CEO of Heal, an on-demand doctor house call app available in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco / Silicon Valley, San Diego, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia.
For Nick, Heal is more than a company – it’s a mission to fix the broken $3 trillion healthcare system.
Nick’s previous start-ups have been innovative leaders in technology-enabled fitness and weight loss, social media and mobile applications, and the web’s first self-updating address book.
Nick earned his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC Irvine, where he is in the Engineering Hall of Fame, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Nick is on the board of the UC Irvine Alumni Association and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Heart Association.
In his occasional free time, he writes for the Huffington Post. Nick lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two little boys, who are his pride and joy.
Founder, Creative Director & CEO, Wondros
A prolific director, immersive storyteller, and visionary problem-solver, Wondros founder Jesse Dylan is the mind behind some of the most successful campaigns in commercial, digital, and interactive advertising. Jesse has dedicated his career to telling the stories of some of the world’s most innovative individuals and organizations, including Harvard Medical School, Catalyst, Stand Up to Cancer, Bono’s ONE Campaign, The Herb Alpert Foundation, Columbia Journalism School, X-Prize, MIT Media Lab, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, George Soros and the Open Society Foundations, The Guggenheim Museum, The Getty Foundation, Taschen, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. He also won several awards for his “Yes We Can” video, created with will.i.am in support of then-candidate Barack Obama.
Eric Elenko, PhD
Chief of Research & Strategy, Puretech Health
Uri Gneezy, PhD
Epstein/Atkinson Endowed Chair in Behavioral Economics
Professor of Economics & Strategic Management, Ready School of Management, University of California, San Diego
Uri Gneezy, Ph.D., is the Epstein/Atkinson Endowed Chair in Behavioral Economics and Professor of Economics & Strategy at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego and a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam (CREED). His early work on when and why incentives can backfire has become the cornerstone in a compelling line of research that explores when traditional economic theories fail to explain real human behavior. His research focuses on understanding how incentives affect behavior in diverse environments such as habit formation, ethical decisions and creativity.
Scott Gottlieb, MD
Commissioner, Food & Drug Administration
Jason Hwang, MD, MBA
Founder, Lemonaid Health
Jason Hwang, M.D., M.B.A. is an internal medicine physician with deep expertise in health care innovation, both as a thought leader and as an entrepreneur. Together with Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School and the late Jerome Grossman of Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Hwang co-authored The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care, an American College of Healthcare Executives Book of the Year and recipient of a Health Service Journal Circle Prize for Inspiring Innovation.
Tom R. Insel, MD
President & Co-Founder, Mindstrong Health
Thomas R. lnsel, M.D., a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, is a co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) committed to research on mental disorders. Prior to serving as NIMH Director, Dr. lnsel was Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University where he was founding director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience in Atlanta. Most recently (2015 – 2017), he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) in South San Francisco, CA. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe.
Founder, Khosla Ventures
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, assisting entrepreneurs and helping them build technology based businesses. Mr. Khosla is driven by the desire to make positive impact through scaling alternative energy, achieving petroleum independence, and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Co-Founder & CEO, PicnicHealth
Noga Leviner is the co-founder and CEO of PicnicHealth, a venture-backed digital-health startup with the mission to structure the world’s medical data to make it useful for both patients and researchers.
After being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and struggling to keep track of her own health data, she was inspired to create a company to empowers patients with access to their complete, digital medical history. PicnicHealth regularly works with research initiatives to provide study volunteers access to their own data, and in the process creates data sets that power some of today’s most cutting edge precision medicine research.
Noga is a vocal advocate for patient data access in the US healthcare system and has spoken widely on the subject including at the White House. She spent the early part of her career working with Ashoka to support social entrepreneurs in Latin America and then co-founded Lumni USA, where she raised and deployed the first US investment fund to help underserved students access low-risk student loan products. Noga has a BA from Stanford where she studied Human Biology and Economics.
Founder & CEO, Access Afya
Melissa founded Access Afya in 2012. Influenced by her time in Kenya working in sustainable economic development in 2007, Melissa felt both a need for and seen a market for, better care. While the gap in reliable health was tangible, and the solutions are emerging, they were not being systematically applied to low-income populations. She started Access Afya to correct this and ensure that patient centered, outcomes oriented, digitally driven primary care could be accessible to even the poorest populations. Melissa brings broad experience from financial and development sectors combined with a human-centered design framework. Her work has been recognized by the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy and the Cartier Foundation. She has spoken globally about the Access Afya model.
Gina Neff, PhD
Senior Research Fellow & Associate Professor, Oxford Internet Institute & Dept. of Sociology, University of Oxford
Professor Gina Neff is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. She studies innovation, the digital transformation of industries, and how new technologies impact workers and workplaces. She has researched the impact of technological disruption in health care, media, and construction.
She has published three books and over three dozen research articles on innovation and the impact of digital transformation. Her most recent book, Self-Tracking, co-authored with Dawn Nafus (MIT Press, 2016), focuses on the practices and politics of using consumer technologies to track health and other everyday personal metrics. Her book Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries (MIT Press, 2012) about the rise of internet industries in New York City won the 2013 American Sociological Association Communication and Information Technologies Best Book Award.
She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, where she remains a faculty affiliate at the Center on Organizational Innovation. Professor Neff has held faculty appointments at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego. She has had fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Center for Information Technology Policy. Her writing for the general public has appeared in Wired, Slate and The Atlantic, among other outlets.
General Manager, Health Solutions, Fitbit
Adam Pellegrini is the General Manager of Fitbit Health Solutions and is tasked with helping Fitbit connect its products, information, data and insights in new and innovative ways into employers, health plans and hospital systems. Pellegrini brings more than 20 years of experience across multiple sectors of the healthcare industry including providers, insurers, health technology and non-profits. He joins Fitbit from Walgreens Boots Alliance, where he was the Vice President of Digital Health, responsible for revolutionizing how the global chain approached omni-channel digital healthcare, including advancing the company’s integration with wearables, launching telemedicine and advancing their core digital pharmacy platforms. As part of his work with Walgreens, his team led the largest retail mHealth integration of more than 1 million connected devices and launched the company’s first integration of wearables – including Fitbit devices – with its Balance Rewards program, which rewards customers for making healthy choices. Previous to WBA, Pellegrini worked on products like Microsoft HealthVault, HealthyCircles and lead online strategy for the American Cancer Society.
Ming Jack Po, MD, PhD
Product Manager, Google Brain & Google Cloud
Ming Jack Po is a product manager at Google working on medical brain and health cloud. He works on on applying and scaling up machine learning (in particular deep neural networks) for healthcare applications. Prior to his current role at Google, he has also spent time in Google’s search unit working on health related queries. In particular, he worked on projects that help bring consumers better curated information on various health conditions, medications, birth control, and mental health.
Prior to joining Google, Jack spent a decade working in different consulting capacities in areas related to medical devices and healthcare delivery. He has also served in various advisory capacities to foreign governments / White House on the scale up of healthcare systems.
Jack received his MD and PhD from Columbia University, and his bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering and Masters degree in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University.
Nathan Price, PhD
Professor & Associate Director, Institute for Systems Biology
Jeffrey Rogers, PhD
Global Research Leader, Cognitive IoT for Healthcare, IBM
John Rogers, PhD
Louis Simpson & Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Biomedical Engineering & Neurological Surgery, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He then spent thirteen years on the faculty at University of Illinois, most recently as the Swanlund Chair Professor and Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In 2016, he joined Northwestern University as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, with affiliate appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemistry, where he is also Director of the newly endowed Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics. He has published nearly 600 papers, is a co-inventor on more than 100 patents and he has co-founded several successful technology companies. His research has been recognized by many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), and the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Aenor J. Sawyer, MD, MS
Director, UCSF Skeletal Health Service, Health Innovation & Technology in Ortho (HITO), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Sawyer has more than a decade of Health Technology experience in development and evaluation of device, digital health, Telehealth, and EHR solutions. In addition to her clinical work in Skeletal Health, she guides development and translation of novel technologies at UCSF. She serves on the UCOP Telehealth Taskforce and develops digitization strategies in the UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery leading the Health Innovation and Technology in Ortho (HITO) committee. Broader strategic roles include the External Advisory Board member of the Scripps Translational Sciences Institute with Eric Topol and Steven Steinhubl, Chair of International Health Technology Advisory Board for Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, and Editorial Board member of npj Digital Medicine Journal.
Vicki Seyfert-Margolis, PhD
Founder & CEO, My Own Med, Inc.
Vicki Seyfert-Margolis, Ph.D. founded My Own Med in January 2013, based on over two years of work on a database, web and mobile application platform technology for family based co-management of health. Previously, Dr. Seyfert-Margolis was the Senior Advisor for Science Innovation and Policy in the Office of the Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. While at the FDA, she oversaw the development and execution of an agency wide strategic plan for regulatory science. Prior to the FDA, she served as Chief Scientific Officer at the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN), a non-profit consortium of researchers seeking new treatments for diseases of the immune system. At ITN, Dr. Seyfert-Margolis oversaw the development of over 20 leading edge assay development and centralized laboratory facilities, bringing them to GLP and CLIA compliance. She designed and implemented biomarker discovery studies for over 25 Phase II clinical trials across a broad array of immunologically mediated diseases including autoimmune disorders, allergy, and solid organ transplantation. Prior to this, she served as Director of the Office of Innovative Scientific Research Technologies at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, where she worked to integrate emerging technologies into existing immunology and infectious disease programs. Dr. Seyfert-Margolis completed her PhD in immunology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, and her post-doctoral fellowship work at Harvard University and the National Cancer Institute.
Michael P. Snyder, PhD
Standford Ascherman Professor & Chair of Genetics
Director, Stanford Center for Genomics & Personalized Medicine
Michael Snyder is the Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and the Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. training at the California Institute of Technology and carried out postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He is a leader in the field of functional genomics and proteomics, and one of the major participants of the ENCODE project. His laboratory study was the first to perform a large-scale functional genomics project in any organism, and has developed many technologies in genomics and proteomics. These including the development of proteome chips, high resolution tiling arrays for the entire human genome, methods for global mapping of transcription factor binding sites (ChIP-chip now replaced by ChIP-seq), paired end sequencing for mapping of structural variation in eukaryotes, de novo genome sequencing of genomes using high throughput technologies and RNA-Seq. These technologies have been used for characterizing genomes, proteomes and regulatory networks. Seminal findings from the Snyder laboratory include the discovery that much more of the human genome is transcribed and contains regulatory information than was previously appreciated, and a high diversity of transcription factor binding occurs both between and within species. He has also combined different state-of–the-art “omics” technologies to perform the first longitudinal detailed integrative personal omics profile (iPOP) of person and used this to assess disease risk and monitor disease states for personalized medicine. He is a cofounder of several biotechnology companies, including Protometrix (now part of Life Technologies), Affomix (now part of Illumina), Excelix, and Personalis, and he presently serves on the board of a number of companies.
Joseph Wang, PhD
SAIC Endowed Chair & Distinguished Professor, Nanoengineering, University of California, San Diego
Joseph Wang is Distinguished Professor, SAIC Endowed Chair and Chair of the Department of Nanoengineering at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He also serves as the Director of Center for Wearable Sensors (CWS) at UCSD School of Engineering. He held Regents Professorship and a Manasse Chair positions at NMSU, and served as the Director of Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors of Arizona State University (ASU). He received two ACS National Awards in 1999 and 2006 and 8 Honorary Professors from the US, Spain, Argentina, Czech Republic, Slovenia and China. Prof. Wang is the Editor-in-Chief of Electroanalysis (Wiley). His scientific interests are concentrated in the areas of nanomachines, bioelectronics, biosensors, wearable devices, and bionanotechnology. He has authors over 1000 papers that were cited over 62,000 times (ISI H Index=119).
Robyn Whittaker, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, National Institute of Health Innovation, University of Auckland
Clinical Director, Innovation, Waitemata District Health Board
Dr Robyn Whittaker (MD, PhD) is a public health physician from New Zealand. She is the Clinical Director of Innovation for the largest District Health Board in NZ – responsible for the health of a geographic population of ~600,000. In this role she leads the implementation of new ways of working, from small innovations to enterprise-wide new IT systems and change programs. She is also an Assoc. Professor at the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland. Her research interests are in mHealth – particularly developing health interventions delivered directly to people via their mobile phones. This includes behaviour change techniques to support healthy behaviours and self-management of longterm conditions. She is involved in several large research partnerships (Precision Driven Health, MedTech Centre of Research Excellence) and national advisory groups, as well as on international research projects and implementation programmes (‘Be Healthy, Be Mobile’ global mHealth initiative with WHO and ITU).
CEO, Manifest MedEx
Claudia Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Manifest MedEx, bringing over 20 years’ experience catalyzing and scaling change and innovation in healthcare. She was previously Senior Advisor for Health Technology and Innovation at the White House where she helped lead President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and collaborated with private and public partners that are leveraging HITECH, new payment models and open data to remake the digital landscape in health care. Before joining the White House, Williams was Director of Health Information Exchange at HHS, galvanizing national progress on health information sharing between providers, with patients, and for research. Prior to joining HHS, she was Director of Health Policy and Public Affairs at the Markle Foundation, where she led Connecting for Health, a 100 member public-private collaborative of technology, provider, consumer and health plan leaders working to improve health and health care through health IT. She holds an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Duke University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana.