At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top Texas based CEO’ operating in the Health Care space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
President & CEO of Angel Staffing
Shannon Ralston is the Founder, President and CEO of Angel Staffing, Inc. with the responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the business from marketing to government contract obligations. Shannon began her college career at the University of Akron on an Army ROTC scholarship and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a minor in Military Science and History at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Prior to starting Angel Staffing, Shannon worked in healthcare as a Registered Nurse specializing in Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplants.
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About Angel Staffing: Angel Staffing is a San Antonio based corporation that serves private, state and federal medical treatment facilities,.
Ric S Kolluri
Co-founder & CEO of Bitcare
Hyper focused on transforming healthcare through technology and innovation. Developing a unified personalized care model for connected health consumers and patients.
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About Bitcare: Unified Personalized Healthcare for the connected health consumers & patients.
Co-founder & CEO of CareStack
Abhi is a visionary entrepreneur who brings a decade of expertise building technology platforms in US healthcare. His business acumen, decision making, and analytical skills are shaping CareStack to be a force in the dental and retail healthcare space.
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About CareStack: CareStack is a practice management platform for dental groups to manage all of their software and daily operations through one platform.
William F McKeon
CEO of Texas Medical Center
Mr. William F. McKeon serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. Prior to joining the TMC leadership, he was the CEO of Cellnovo Limited. Mr. McKeon served as President of MicroPort Medical (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. since August 2006. He joined MicroPort Medical Co. Ltd. in 1997, where he was responsible for its marketing, eCommerce and eHealth initiatives. His professional career began at Du Pont where he held several marketing and business development roles in the United States and Europe. Prior to joining MicroPort Medical Co.
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About Texas Medical Center: Texas Medical Center (TMC) is a life sciences medical complex focused on patient care, research, education, and prevention.
Robert C Robbins
President and CEO of Texas Medical Center
Robert C. Robbins became President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Medical Center on November 5, 2012. Prior to that, he was professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he served as a member of the faculty since 1993. He served as director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, of the Heart- Lung and Lung Transplantation Programs, and of the Cardiothoracic Transplantation Laboratory. Dr. Robbins is an internationally recognized cardiac surgeon who has focused his clinical efforts on acquired cardiac diseases with a special expertise in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure. His research work includes the investigation of stem cells for cardiac regeneration, cardiac transplant allograft vasculopathy, bioengineered blood vessels, and automated vascular anastomotic devices. He served as the guest editor of the Circulation Surgical Supplement from 2002 to 2005, president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation in 2006, president of the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2006, chair of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council from 2007 to 2009, councilor-at-large for the Western Thoracic Surgical Association from 2007 to 2009, and on the President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic State University from 2006 to 2012. In California, he served on the Board of Directors for two publically traded companies, Cohesion Technologies from 2000 to 2003 and Cardica, Inc. from 2000 to2009, and as a director for several other privately held Bay Area biotechnology companies. In 2009, he was elected to the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Board of Directors and currently serves as president of the organization. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Millsaps College in Mississippi in 2010. Dr. Robbins has lectured widely and published more than 292 peer reviewed articles. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Millsaps College in 1979 and a medical degree from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He completed his general surgical training at the University of Mississippi in 1989 and his cardiothoracic training at Stanford University in 1992. Dr. Robbins completed post-doctoral research at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health, and congenital heart surgical fellowships at Emory University and Royal Children’s Hospital. An ex-officio of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Dr. Robbins currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Ronald McDonald House in Houston and on the Board of Directors for Texas Medical Center, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Houston Academy of Medicine Texas Medical Center Library, the Houston Technology Center, and the Friends of Houston Academy of Medicine Texas Medical Center Library.
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About Texas Medical Center: Texas Medical Center (TMC) is a life sciences medical complex focused on patient care, research, education, and prevention.
Co-Founder & CEO of Citra Health Solutions
As CEO and Co-Founder of Orange Health Solutions— He is passionately leveraging his unique entrepreneurial skills and disciplined Fortune 500 company successes. For 20 years, his Executive leadership focus has been in all aspects of healthcare and financial services within UnitedHealth Group, Paychex and Insperity. Howard led and drove numerous enterprise-wide organizational efforts that resulted in double/triple digit growth, industry leading customer/consumer satisfaction outcomes, high levels of employee engagement, while expanding profit margins and improving shareholder value. Prior to creating Orange Health Solutions, Howard held various Executive positions at UnitedHealth Group since 2004. Most recently, he led the enterprise-wide Health Wealth Financial Services business, along with that position he also was a UHG Innovation Executive. As Health Wealth Executive, his oversight included all financial and operational aspects of the division. In a previous UHG role, he was CEO of UnitedHealthcare Benefits Services, a subsidiary that provides Benefits Administration and Insurance Services. Also during that time, he held a concurrent role as Chief Operating Officer for UHC Consumer Services. Throughout his tenure at UHG, he would drive strategic initiatives, including spearheading the acquisition of multiple companies in the healthcare, consumer, healthcare exchange, TPA and benefits administration/outsourcing industries. During his tenure at Paychex, he held various Executive HRO/BPO/PEO business positions in operations, sales, product & innovation, marketing, strategy & business development, finance and technology services. In his last role, he preformed multiple roles as President of the Paychex Insurance Company and Senior Executive of the Human Resource Outsourcing, Paychex Business Solutions and Retirement Services. At Insperity, he had overall Senior Executive responsibility for the Health & Welfare, Property & Casualty, Retirement Services and Human Resources. Howard is very focused on improving and eliminating all Childhood Cancers and improving the overall US healthcare system. Currently, he serves on boards of two national organizations. He is the Treasurer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Director, Board member for the national Momcology organization. He is dedicated to his loving family, wife Kimberly, son Matthew (Leukemia cancer survivor) and daughter Erikah.
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About Citra Health Solutions, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, vsource: Innovative technology and services healthcare enablement company.
President, CEO of CHRISTUS Health
Ernie Sadau is responsible for day-to-day operations of CHRISTUS Health and lends extensive expertise in developing programs to improve quality and clinical integration and preparing the organization to capitalize on the opportunities of the future. Ernie joined CHRISTUS as Senior Vice President of Patient and Resident Care Operations in 2006. His title was changed to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2008 as he expanded his role and oversight within the organization. Ernie also served as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for CHRISTUS Health, developing the strategic initiatives and processes to ensure that CHRISTUS is living out its commitment to valuing differences and strengthening the ministry’s culture of inclusion. Before joining CHRISTUS, Ernie served in many roles at Adventist Health System from 1983-2006, holding various executive positions in the organization’s many hospitals and systems, including Chief Financial Officer, Administrator, and President and CEO of Adventist Health System/Midwest in Hinsdale, Ill., which includes five hospitals, over 60 physician practices, surgery and imaging centers and several home care agencies. During his tenure with Adventist, Ernie led successful hospital acquisitions and joint ventures; implemented thriving physician recruiting, community relations and employee development programs and developed many necessary medical services in the communities he served, including opening the only freestanding Emergency Room in Illinois and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Ernie holds a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas. Ernie is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, and was named an Up & Comer by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2000, an award that honors rising young stars in the health care management field.
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About CHRISTUS Health: Christus Health is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system
CEO of Ladder
Gregory Stewart is the CEO at Ladder.
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About Ladder: Ladder is a strength training app that provides a workout plan, every single day.
CEO of Texas Medical Technology
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About SureSpot, Texas Medical Technology: Texas Medical Technology specializes in the sale and distribution of wide range of medical equipment.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Omega Healthcare
Gopi Natarajan is the Chief Executive Officer at Omega Healthcare Management Services Pvt. Ltd. and has more than 25 years of experience in the US Healthcare Industry (payers, providers, systems and services vendors). Prior to Omega, he was heading a midsized healthcare Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) company in the US with India operations as well. He also has relevant experience in healthcare IT and BPO/KPO services outsourcing during his senior management stints with Aetna, EDS, and Healtheon/WebMD. Gopi has a brilliant track record in leadership, management, and operational experience, having been instrumental in leading small-sized companies to grow into medium/large-sized companies. As a Co-Founder of Omega, Gopi brings an incredible amount of industry knowledge and relationships that he has built through the years while working in senior management positions in US-based healthcare services companies.
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About Omega Healthcare: Omega Healthcare, a front-runner in the healthcare service space in India.
President & CEO of Axxess
John Olajide is the founder and CEO of Axxess, a technology solutions company that provides software to help home health care organizations run more efficiently and provide quality care. With customers in all 50 states nationwide, Axxess’ innovative technology helps organizations and professionals provide quality care to over a million patients in their homes. Prior to founding Axxess in 2007, John was an independent IT consultant for home health agencies nationwide, starting in the Dallas area. While doing this, he quickly identified the need for a one-stop resource to accomplish all aspects of operations. John’s entrepreneurial nature led him to found Axxess as a consulting company to meet this need. After consulting for hundreds of organizations nationwide, John recognized the opportunity to create a user-friendly and web-based software solution to improve business management and patient outcomes, which triggered Axxess’ entrance into the home health software business. Today, Axxess has grown into one of the leading home health software companies in the country. Headquartered in Dallas, Axxess has employees nationwide. John is passionate about improving the quality of health care services given to patients in their homes by empowering home health agencies and professionals through the use of technology and education. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and is the current Chair of the Innovation and Capital Committee of the Chamber. John continues to advocate for quality healthcare delivery through improved education, innovation and collaboration across different healthcare settings. John attended the University of Texas at Dallas where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Engineering.
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About Axxess: The fastest-growing home health technology company.
Founder & CEO of Medici
Clinton Phillips is the founder of Medici and launched the company in early 2017 with a vision to create technology that would revolutionize the way doctors provide care to their patients. As a serial-entrepreneur Clinton previously founded 2nd.MD in response to frustrations he had experienced when seeking medical care for his daughter, Gabi, who had suffered a stroke shortly after birth. 2nd.MD has since helped thousands of people in over 45 countries gain access to high-quality second opinions with outcomes that has saved lives and lowered healthcare and recovery costs for patients, providers and carriers. Before this, Clinton served as a consultant to The Vitality Group working to lower healthcare spending through employee education and engagement programs. Clinton is also a certified Chiropractor and founded the successful Colorado-based Aspen Back & Body, a non-surgical rehabilitation clinic for people with back problems. Originally from South Africa, Clinton and his family now reside in Austin, Texas.
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About 2nd.MD, Medici: Medici is a mobile technology platform that provides text, video, and voice chats between patients and doctors.
CEO & Director of Palmaz Scientific
Steven B. Solomon currently serves as the chief executive officer and a director of Palmaz Scientific, a leader in the research, development and commercialization of implantable medical devices manufactured with patented thin film physical vapor deposition technologies and processes. Mr. Solomon has served in executive and director roles with public and private companies for more than 20 years, with substantial experience in public and private equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and executive management. Mr. Solomon served as chief executive officer, president and chairman of the board of directors of Citadel Security Software Inc. since its formation in December 1996 until its sale in December 2006 to McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE). Mr. Solomon also served as director, president and chief executive officer of CT Holdings Enterprises, Inc. until the company’s merger with Xcorporeal Inc. Mr. Solomon was the founder and served as chairman of the board, chief executive officer and director of Parago, Inc., an incubation venture of CT Holdings that is an application solution provider and internet-based business process outsourcer that provides an on-line suite of promotional offerings designed to automate promotional management and optimize the customer care services offered by its clients. Mr. Solomon led Parago in completing approximately $85 million in angel and venture financings and three acquisitions. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Solomon also served as a director of River Logic, Inc., an incubation venture of CT Holdings that creates and operates integrated networks of decision support tools, E-learning solutions and E-commerce capabilities designed to enable decision makers to leverage knowledge and information to gain a competitive advantage. Mr. Solomon has served on the board of directors of Boo-Koo Holdings and the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) where he testified before a congressional oversight hearing on “Information Security-Vulnerability Management Strategies and Technology,” providing an industry perspective on cyber security legislation and the importance of protecting our national infrastructure. Mr. Solomon is also active in the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) of North Texas.
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About Palmaz Scientific: Palmaz Scientific develops and manufactures implantable prosthetic devices for the cardiovascular orthopedic and cosmetic markets.
Founder & CEO of Wheel
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About Wheel: Wheel is a healthcare technology company that brings together the tech infrastructure and clinicians to power virtual care and telehealth.
Founder, CEO of Total Men’s Primary Cares
Robert Sek is a serial entrepreneur who works to apply technology to solve problems in various industries, from Healthcare to Marketing.
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About Capital Factory, Central Texas Angel Network, Eagle Eye Networks, Luxury Auto Works, Recursion Pharmaceuticals, Total Men’s Primary Cares: Reinventing the Primary Care experience for Men.
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of Molecular Templates
Eric Poma, Ph.D. has served as Molecular Templates’ Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer since the Company’s inception in 2009.From March 2005 until September 2008, Eric Poma was Vice President of Business Development of Innovive Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Cytrx Corporation), a biotechnology company. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Associate Vice President of Business Development at ImClone Systems, Inc.(now Eli Lilly and Company) a biotechnology company focused on antibody therapeutics. As the founder and in his role as Chief Scientific Officer at MTEM, he led the invention of technology underlying MTEM’s platform technology and what constitutes the whole of MTEM’s current lead and preclinical pipeline candidates. Eric Poma received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology and B.A. in Biology and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.B.A. from New York University.
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About Molecular Templates: Molecular Templates develops novel therapeutic compounds for cancer.
Julia Taylor Cheek
CEO and Founder of EverlyWell
Julia Taylor Cheek is the CEO and Founder of EverlyWell, a digital health startup empowering consumers to order, self-collect, and understand lab tests. Based in Austin, EverlyWell launched in June 2016 after raising $3M in capital and garnering awards from Tech Crunch and Rock Health. They now have over 5,000 customers in 46 states. 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. Before that, she served as the founding Director of Strategy and Operations at the George W. Bush Institute and played a key role in building the organization from just a handful of employees to the Presidential Center that you see today at Southern Methodist University. 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. She also is a former multiple World Champion equestrian, officially retiring in 2009.
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About EverlyWell: EverlyWell is a digital health company that offers consumer testing, virtual care, at-home collection tests, and digital results.
CEO of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals
Richard Glickman has served as Chairman of ESSA’s board of directors since October 2010, and is responsible for the management of the board of directors to ensure ESSA has appropriate objectives, an effective strategy and is operating in accordance with a high standard of corporate governance. Richard was a co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals Inc. Prior to establishing Aspreva, Richard was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of StressGen Biotechnologies Corporation. Richard currently serves on the board of directors of Cardiome, Vida Pharmaceuticals and Engene Inc., and is Chairman of the board of directors of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. In addition, Richard has served on many other biotechnology boards of directors. Richard received the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Pacific Region Life Sciences Group, both Canada’s and British Columbia’s Top 40 under 40 Award for Entrepreneurs, the 2006 BC Biotech Leadership Award and the Lupus Foundation of America Leadership Award.
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About Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, enGene, Lumira Ventures: Aurinia develops and commercializes therapies to treat targeted patient populations suffering from serious auto-immune diseases.
Sarah Jones Simmer
CEO of Found
CEO @ Found. Sarah has spoken at SXSW, the Global Partnership for Education, and UN special sessions on topics ranging from girls’ and women’s rights to the future of ethical business. She has a Masters’ in Public Policy from Northwestern University. She used to run marathons and has completed an Ironman, but now spends her time outside of work raising two amazing young daughters.
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About Found: Found is dedicated to improving people’s overall wellbeing by making evidence-based weight loss accessible and affordable.
President & Chief Executive Officer of Conifer Health Solutions
In 2008 Steve led the team to spin Conifer out of the Tenet Healthcare system back-office as a separate company he has led ever since. Conifer Health Solutions is a healthcare services company partnering with more than 800 clients to strengthen their financial and clinical performance. Conifer Health helps organizations transition from volume to value-based care, enhance the consumer and patient healthcare experience and improve quality, access to healthcare and control costs. Conifer Health has over 13,000 employees and manages more than 24 million unique patient interactions, and $30 billion in net patient revenue and $21.5 billion in medically managed spend. Conifer Health also provides technology and health management services to support care management for 5.7 million lives.
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About Conifer Health Solutions: Conifer Health Solutions is a healthcare services company helping organizations strengthen their financial performance
Stephen M. Mooney
Founder, President & CEO of Conifer Health Solutions
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About Conifer Health Solutions: Conifer Health Solutions is a healthcare services company helping organizations strengthen their financial performance
Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gritstone Oncology
Andrew Allen is a co-founder and the chief executive officer of Gritstone Oncology, a cancer immunotherapy company that develops personalized cancer therapeutics. Prior to that, he co-founded and served as the chief medical officer and executive vice president of clinical and pre-clinical development at Clovis Oncology. Before joining Clovis Oncology, Allen served as the chief medical officer of Pharmion Corporation, beginning in 2006. From 2004 to 2006, he was the vice president of BioPharma Development and head of the Oncology Therapeutic Unit at Chiron Corporation. Allen qualified in medicine at Oxford University and earned his PhD from Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London. He lives in San Francisco, California, United States.
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About Gritstone Oncology, Revitope Oncology: Gritstone Oncology is a clinical-stage biotech company that develops tumor-specific cancer immunotherapies to fight multiple cancer types.
CEO, Co-Founder of NurseDash
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About NurseDash: NurseDash is the on-demand healthcare marketplace for providers that need staffing support and qualified candidates looking for open shifts.
CEO, Co-Founder of NurseDash
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About NurseDash: NurseDash is the on-demand healthcare marketplace for providers that need staffing support and qualified candidates looking for open shifts.
Larry D. Young
President & Chief Executive Officer of Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Larry Young is president and chief executive officer for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., one of the world’s leading beverage companies. Larry was named president and chief executive officer in October 2007 after serving as president and chief operating officer for the company’s Bottling Group division and led the spinoff of Dr Pepper Snapple Group from Cadbury Schweppes plc in May 2008. Larry joined the company in April 2006 through its full acquisition of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Bottling Group, where he had been president and CEO since 2005. As head of operations, he played a central role in helping to create a new business model for a fully integrated beverage company. By integrating the Bottling Group and several other independent bottling businesses into DPS, the company now has a more reliable, sustainable and secure route to market. This has allowed the company to protect its brand equity and improve customer relations through better control of its products from innovation to the store shelf. As a result, DPS can more effectively deliver those brands, with direct access to more than 230 million consumers in 34 states. In his 30-year career, Larry has produced and sold virtually every type of beverage in the Americas and across Europe and Russia. He previously served more than 25 years in the Pepsi system, most recently with PepsiAmericas and before that with Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, where he began on a route truck and worked his way to President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2008, Larry was inducted into the Beverage World Soft Drink Hall of Fame. From 2008 to 2010, he served as chairman of the board of the American Beverage Association, and he was named Executive of the Year by Beverage Industry magazine in 2010. He and his wife, Colette, live in Dallas and are both natives of Springfield, Mo.
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About Dr Pepper Snapple Group: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (DPS) is an integrated brand owner, manufacturer and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages
Co-Founder & CEO of OnlineMedEd
Jamie is an Ohio State and Tulane graduate rooted in medicine and healthcare. He’s currently the cofounder and CEO of OnlineMedEd (OME), a hyper-growth adult learning platform based in Austin, TX. In his day to day he focuses on investing in his employees through coaching to keep his company culture genuine and aligned. As an angel, he invests in industries such as: medical diagnostics, telemedicine and digital marketing. Jamie’s focus on culture, trust and empowerment has led him to become passionate in supporting startup community. He helps craft narratives to attract talent, funding and business opportunities.
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About OnlineMedEd: OnlineMedEd is a digital health care learning platform designed for medical students and health professionals.
CEO of Vivature
Mouzon Bass is the CEO of Vivature.
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About Vivature: Vivature provides practice management software for campus health centers and athletic departments to streamline billing and track injuries.
Dr Toby Hamilton
Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer of Emerus Hospital Partners
Dr. Hamilton is a founding partner, member of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer of Emerus Holdings Inc. A Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Board-Certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Hamilton has previously served as a Regional Medical Director of Cypress Creek Emergency Care Center and was a practicing physician at Denton Regional Medical Center in Denton, Texas. Dr. Hamilton graduated Magna Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Biology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine in El Paso and Lubbock and completed his residency at Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine in El Paso.
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About Emerus Hospital Partners: Emerus Hospital is an emergency care facility providing prompt diagnosis, treatments and advanced emergency care services for patients.
Founder and CEO of Hera Health Solutions
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About Hera Health Solutions: Hera Health Solutions is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the development and commercialization of long term treatments.
CEO and Board Member of Healthcare Highways
In early 2010, Mr. Wilson founded and became the Chairman/CEO of Healthcare Highways, Inc., bringing more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, third party administration, consulting and managed care. Mr. Wilson has a successful entrepreneurial track record including co-founding Equitable Plan Services, Inc., a third party administrator located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and founding Corporate Health Plans of America, Inc. (CHPA), in Dallas, Texas sold to Gallagher consulting in 2004. Mr. Wilson also founded Texas True Choice, Inc. a Texas statewide provider friendly PPO sold to Viant Holdings, Inc. in 2007 subsequently acquired by MultiPlan in 2010. Mr. Wilson is a 5-time All American gymnast and NCAA champion who earned a spot in the 1980 Men’s Olympic Gymnastic team. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration/Finance.
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About Century Healthcare, Healthcare Highways: An innovative PPO network and health plan partnering with best-in-class hospitals, providers, and payers to deliver customized solutions.
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of First Stop Health
Patrick Spain started First Stop Health because of his own unsatisfactory experience with the healthcare system and his desire to improve that experience for others. Spain is a serial entrepreneur who has founded or cofounded four Web-based companies. Co-founder and long-time chairman and CEO of Hoover’s, Inc., Spain led the company from a small book publisher in 1992 to a profitable, publicly traded online business information services company with $31 million in revenue in 2001 with a sale to D&B in 2003 for $119 million. Spain was also the founder, chairman and CEO of HighBeam Research, which he started in 2002 and sold to Cengage Learning in December, 2008. He also co-founded and serves as executive chairman of Newser, a news filtering and summarization service with an audience of over three million readers each month. Spain serves as a board member of Televerde a rapidly growing, socially responsible telemarketing service and InfoArmy a Silicon Valley-based company information service that is using crowd sourcing to revolutionize data collection, quality and delivery. Until recently Spain served on the boards of SmartAnalyst, a research company that serves the pharma industry and GuideStar, the largest and most trusted database of information on the not-for-profit sector. Spain is a member of the Board of Governors of Opportunity International, the largest and best capitalized micro-lender in the world. Spain has worked in the technology industry since 1979 and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Boston University. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three daughters.
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About First Stop Health, Newser, Occasion: We provide care that people love with 24/7 access to licensed doctors via app, web or phone.
H. David Shockley
Founder and CEO of International Biophysics Corporation
H. David Shockley, Jr. co-founded Inova Labs in 2002 and has served as President since then. Prior to working at Inova, Shockley co-founded International Biophysics Corporation (IBC) in 1992 where he also serves as President. Shockley has oversight for both Inova Labs and IBC of sales, marketing, financial and general management functions. In addition, he has overseen the development of IBC’s international distribution channels and manufacturing partner relationships. Prior to forming IBC, Shockley held positions with CardioMetrics, a cardiovascular surgical technology firm, from 1987-1992. He began as a sales manager and was promoted to president within five years. Shockley also served as a sales manager for SciMed, now the core of Boston Scientific’s interventional cardiology business, from 1986-1989. Shockley was a founding member of the Austin, Texas, chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization, now the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin.
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About International Biophysics Corporation, OrganiCare: International Biophysics Corporation is a marketing agency for medical devices and technologies that improve treatment therapies.
John M. House
Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO & President of USMD
John M. House, M.D., a board-certified urologic surgeon, is the co-founder, chief executive officer and president of USMD Holdings. He is also the co-founder of Urology Associates of North Texas, one of the largest Urologic Surgery groups in North America. Dr. House received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Dakota and he received his Master’s Degree in chemical engineering at Texas Tech University. He then graduated from University of Oklahoma College of Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Medicine and subsequently completed his residency in urologic surgery at the University of Missouri in 1988. Dr. House is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology and has served as a founding Board Member of the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUPGA), a consortium of more than 50 large urology group practices.
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About USMD: USMD Holdings develops, operates and manages entities that deliver diagnostic, therapeutic and hospital-based health care to patients.
CEO & Co-Founder of Alpha Cognition
Jay Panchal is the CEO and Co-Founder at Alpha Cognition. Before that, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of Goodybag, Inc (Sold to Bite Squad in 2016).
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About Alpha Cognition: Alpha Cognition utilizes a portfolio approach to identify, validate, and develop bioactives for neuroprotection and the early treatment.
CEO / President – Founder of Well Beyond Care
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About Keep Safe Care, Well Beyond Care: Disintermediating the High Cost of Caregiving
CEO & President of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall
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About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall is a hospital & health care firm offering acute care services.
President & CEO of Pryor Medical Devices
David Spencer is the Founder & CEO of Prytime Medical Devices & he Attended UT Austin in 1983.
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About Pryor Medical Devices, Prytime Medical Devices, Texas Business Leadership Council, Texas Intrepid Ventures, The Bank of San Antonio, The University of Texas at San Antonio: Pryor Medical Devices The REBOA CompanyTM – was formed to provide minimally invasive solutions for noncompressible torso hemorrhage.
CEO, Co-Founder of Atlas Wearables
Founder of Atlas Wearables.
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About Atlas Wearables: Atlas Wearables is a fitness-technology company that designs products to enrich the fitness experience both in and out of the gym.
Chief Executive Officer of Seno Medical Instruments
Thomas Umbel is Chief Executive Officer of Seno Medical Instruments, Inc. Tom Umbel brings more than 30 years of medical device and diagnostics leadership experience to Seno Medical. He has lead several start-up companies, including one through a successful acquisition. He has also managed large organizations through significant growth leading both the strategic development and M&A efforts in his previous roles. Tom was most recently the VP of Business Development for Bioventus, a privately held ortho-biologics company in Durham, NC. Tom has led the Business Development efforts at both Bioventus and Hologic, the largest dedicated Women’s Health company in the U.S. Tom’s role in managing mergers and acquisitions helped to grow Hologic from a small single-product company with $100 million in revenue to a large diversified company with more than $2.5 billion in sales in his 15 years with the company. Prior to Hologic, Tom was the President of Direct Radiography Corp. (DRC). He led the development and commercialization of the digital x-ray detector technology, which he ultimately sold to Hologic in 1999. This company’s technology became the core to Hologic’s market leading digital mammography system and was the engine to Hologic’s significant growth. Prior to DRC, Tom worked at Sterling Diagnostic Imaging for 3 years and DuPont for 20 years. At those two companies, Tom held senior management positions in operations, engineering, sales and marketing. Tom has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Grove City College.
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About Seno Medical Instruments: Seno Medical is commercialization efforts in opto-acoustic imaging of breast cancer.
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Hormone Therapeutics
Hunter Howard has founded three successful HealthTech companies, following Fortune 100 experience, focusing on using technology to improve care access and quality while reducing costs. He built a 900 member medical billing company he sold to a PE firm and now has a national telemedicine platform focusing on home testing and access to specialist physicians anywhere for personal health optimization. Hormone Therapeutics and Therawell share the combined mission to Add Twenty Healthy Years to every Life! They provide patients a Scientific Map to personal Health Optimization using precision in-home testing (blood, hormone, genetic, biome, telomere) and a national telemedicine platform to decode and translate each unique biological make-up and develop ‘Personalized Therapeutics’ programs for an individualized scientific health map to optimal wellness. As life expectancy has increased 64% over the past 100 years (.001% of human evolution) their bodies are not keeping up. Hunter has a BA from SMU and MBAs from UNC and CEIBS in Shanghai China. His teams have won three INC 500 awards, three Dallas 100 awards, DBJ 40U40 and three national health startup competitions.
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About Hormone Therapeutics: National telemedicine platform for health optimization using in-home testing and personalized therapeutics
Founder & CEO of qliqSoft
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About qliqSoft: Secure messaging application provider
CEO of Pro-Care Medical Center
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About Pro-Care Medical Center: Pro-Care Medical Center is a comprehensive and individualized health care provider.
CEO of Xenex
Under Morris Miller’s leadership, Xenex has become a world leader in automated room disinfection. Through the use of Xenon technology and innovative hospital disinfection protocols, the company has helped hospitals achieve significant infection reduction results. As CEO, Morris is responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and oversight of day-to-day operations. Originally from San Antonio, TX, Morris is a graduate of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Phillips Exeter Academy. He is the founder of Sequel and Cutstone Ventures, which invests in/acts as an advisor to numerous start-ups such as Inventables, Adometry, and Golfballs.com. He started Curtis Hill Publishing, the first company to publish Texas case law on CD-ROM, and he was also the co-founder and President/CEO of Rackspace (NYSE: RAX). Morris is a member of APIC, BioMed SA, and ACG Central Texas.
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About Capstone Ventures, Connell Curtis Group, Tectonic Ventures, Xenex: Xenex offers Pulsed Xenon Full Spectrum, a UV disinfection solution that reduces the bacterial load associated with the risk for HAIs.
CEO & Founder of Apothecary Health Solutions
Rick Appling is a CEO & Co-founder at Apothecary Health Solutions company.
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About Apothecary Health Solutions: Apothecary Health Solutions (“AHS”) began with the mission in mind of Preserving wellness one patient at a time.
Chief Executive Officer of PMAM
Kumar is the Founder and CEO of PM AM; having over 30 years of experience in leading the operations of large multi-national corporations. Prior to his leadership role at PM AM, Mr. Kumar was the CEO of Birla Consultancy and Software Services (now PSI Data System) a CMM5 and ISO company with 15,000+ employees. In addition, Mr. Kumar led and oversaw IT operations for the Aditya Birla Group in Thailand and India which were responsible for some the organization’s highest valued initiatives. Appointed as the IT advisor to Chief Minister of an Indian state, he was responsible for developing the complete IT strategy for the state including all departments and infrastructure, as well as establishing the department responsible for its management and oversight on an on-going basis. This was an honorary position to which he volunteered his time to help the state.
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About PMAM: PMAM Corporation is a global information technology company
CEO & President of Riceland HealthCare
TAHIR JAVED is the CEO and President at Riceland Healthcare.
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About Riceland HealthCare: Riceland HealthCare is a network of physicians, hospital, hospice, home health and other services providing affordable patient care.
Co-Founder / CEO of DoctorLogic
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About DoctorLogic: DoctorLogic offers an EHR-integrated marketing service that helps doctors grow their practice.
Founder & CEO of ThermiAesthetics
Paul was CEO of MedSurge Advances, which developed into one of the nation’s largest independent provider of aesthetic medicine products and services to physicians from 2003-2007 having launched 228 medical spas and provided assistance to more than 350 physicians who have entered the field of aesthetic medicine. MedSurge was named by Inc. magazine in 2007 as the 387th fastest growing private company in the United States. According to Inc., in 2002-2003 MedSurge also ranked among the 10 fastest-growing private companies in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Paul serves on the Board of Directors for BioNorth Texas and is a mentor for Health Wildcatters. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Lasers, Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and was on the Board of Directors of Sona Med Spa from 2001-2003. Paul’s top areas of expertise include; Capitalization of all stage businesses, Business Development and Healthcare with a focus on Elective Procedures.
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About Ideal Implant, ThermiAesthetics: ThermiAesthetics is a developer and manufacturer of thermistor-regulated energy systems for plastic surgery and dermatology applications.
CEO of Vytalyx
Granzotti has over 22 years of executive leadership, Fintech, operations and regulatory compliance experience with the past 4 years in digital asset regulatory compliance. Mr. Granzotti began his career at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter as an investment advisor, then founded the vCap family of companies in 1998, a consortium of companies in the securities and derivatives industry. At vCap, Mr. Granzotti was responsible for piloting the firm’s startup and organizational infrastructure and led strategic planning, business development, regulatory compliance, budgetary operations and corporate accounting activities. Currently, Mr. Granzotti is the CEO Guidandt, a regulatory compliance firm specializing in securities, derivatives and digital asset compliance and consulting. Mr. Granzotti has in-depth knowledge and insight of various regulations and has provided clients, both large institutions and law firms alike, with regulatory guidance, strategic business consulting, infrastructure and operations analysis, vendor selection and risk management strategies. Mr. Granzotti has authored various compliance programs, documents, agreements, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations. Mr. Granzotti received his B.A. in Finance from Southwest Texas State University.
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About Vytalyx: AI & Blockchain for Healthcare
Robert N. Helms
CEO of Victory Healthcare
Bob oversees and manages the overall operations of Victory Healthcare. Bob began his career as a Medicare Auditor and has been working in healthcare for more than 40 years. Over that time, he has served as CEO of several large regional healthcare providers in both short term acute care and long term acute care in Florida, Texas and Illinois. In 1993, he focused his attention on long term acute care (LTAC) as CEO for Transitional Hospitals Corporation’s (THC) Tampa, Florida facility. In 1996, Bob assumed the position of Divisional Vice President where he was responsible for management oversight of eight long-term acute care facilities in seven states as well as the development and opening of five new LTAC facilities in his region. In 1997, he transitioned to President and Chief Operating Officer of Spectrum Comprehensive Care Corporation (SCCI), the long term acute care hospital company, in Dallas, Texas. While at SCCI, he was responsible for the startup and operations of 10 facilities in six states. In 1999, Bob founded Triumph HealthCare, which became recognized throughout the LTAC industry as the leader in the continuum of intensive care services. In October 2004 Triumph was sold to a venture capital group who used Triumph as a vehicle to acquire other LTAC companies as an industry consolidator. Triumph HealthCare has since merged with RehabCare, a publicly traded healthcare company. Bob has served on the Board of Directors of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association and the University of Houston Healthcare Administration Program. He holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of West Florida. He is presently the primary owner and CEO of Victory Healthcare and is also currently Chairman and CEO of Innova Healthcare as well as being Innova’s largest shareholder.
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About Victory Healthcare: Victory Healthcare is a growing network of specialized surgical hospitals dedicated to providing leading-edge technology.
Chief Executive Officer of ReplyAll Health
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About Mindful Appy, Operation Turkey, ReplyAll Health, Twinedge: When someone important to you is in a health crisis, you can help. Give them the power to update everyone with one text.
CEO & Co-founder of Sana Benefits
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About Sana Benefits: Sana Benefits provides insurance health plans for small and medium businesses or individuals.
Dr. Gregory Burzynski
Founder and CEO of Houston Concierge Medicine
Dr. Gregory Burzynski provides high-quality primary care and integrative medical care through Houston Concierge Medicine, an independent clinic he founded in 2014. A University of Texas graduate who earned his Doctor of Medicine from Jagiellonian University Medical College, Greg Burzynski has devoted his career to a number of primary care issues and he is a leading supporter of integrative medicine. Dr. Gregory Burzynski is a licensed US Civil Surgeon and he is authorized by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to conduct Immigration Physicals and Immigration Exams for the Department of Homeland Security. A Poland native himself, Greg Burzynski is proud to participate in the adjustment of immigration statuses for individuals. In addition to this, Dr. Burzynski has been fascinated by mental health and addiction treatment options. His interest was first piqued during a clinical rotation in addiction medicine at Jagiellonian University Medical College. Greg Burzynski is proud to play a role in the adjustment of immigration statuses for individuals. He sees a myriad of primary care issues and offers integrative options. He is qualified per the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) to treat opioid dependence with FDA-approved medications. Dr. Greg Burzynski offers genetic testing services to offer better treatment and preventative care. The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000), Title XXXV, Section 3502 of the Children’s Health Act, permits physicians who meet certain qualifications to treat opioid addiction with Schedule III, IV, and V narcotic medications that have been specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration for that indication. Such medications may be prescribed and dispensed by waived physicians in treatment settings other than the traditional Opioid Treatment Program (“methadone clinic”) setting. Since there is only one narcotic medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid addiction within the Schedules given, DATA 2000 basically refers to the use of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid addiction. Methadone and LAAM are Schedule II narcotics approved for the same purpose within the highly regulated methadone clinic setting. Under the Act, physicians may apply for a waiver to prescribe Suboxone or Subutex for the treatment of opioid addiction or dependence. Requirements include a current State medical license, a valid DEA registration number, specialty or subspecialty certification in addiction from the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Society of Addiction Medicine, or American Osteopathic Association. Exceptions were also created for physicians who participated in the initial studies of buprenorphine and for State certification of addiction specialists. However, the Act is intended to bring the treatment of addiction back to the primary care provider. Thus most waivers are obtained after taking an 8-hour course from one of the five medical organizations designated in the Act and otherwise approved by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. When a physician qualifies for the waiver, he is given a second DEA number. Once a physician obtains the waiver, he or she may treat up to 30 patients for narcotic addiction with buprenorphine. Recent changes to DATA 2000 have increased the patient limit to 100 for physicians that have had their waiver for a year or more and request the higher limit in writing. Greg Burzynski has authored numerous studies and led presentations at scientific conferences, including “Personalized targeted therapy in advanced cases of cancer” at the 2012 Shanghai World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine and Regenerative Biomedical Technologies Expo and “Long-term survival (over 13 years) in a child with recurrent diffuse pontine gliosarcoma: A case report” presented at the 4th Quadrennial Meeting of the World Federation of Neuro-Oncology in conjunction with the 18th Annual Scientific Meeting and Education Day of the Society for Neuro-Oncology. Dr. Gregory Burzynski recently graduated in the Spring of 2017 with a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from The University of Arizona, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine – Tuscon. He is an expert in the pillars of integrative medicine, which include mental health, heart health, and disease prevention. He and the team at Houston Concierge Medicine share insights on everything from healthy family relationships to proper eating habits and the importance of exercise, all of which factor into your health both day-to-day and long-term. Although Dr. Greg Burzynski is board-certified in internal medicine he also takes the time to propose personalized health plans and treatment options for patients that aren’t starkly pharmaceutical.
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About American Medical Association, Burzynski Clinic, Houston Concierge Medicine: Houston Concierge Medicine and Wellness Center offers quality healthcare through a concierge membership program.
Founder & CEO of IDLife
Logan Stout is the Founder and the CEO of IDLife. He is also an established author and leader, training others who want to become business owners or who want to learn about how to better manage a current business. IDLife is a relatively new business, being established in 2014. Logan Stout has managed to take the business to the 100 Solid Top MLM Companies across the world in only a short time. IDLife is a company that sells nutritional supplements that are organic. These supplements are made for nutritional purposes and for weight management. One of the things that Logan Stout has a passion for is helping others. He knows that there are people who are capable of owning a business but might not know how to get started. When he sees that there is someone with an idea, he offers encouragement and his leadership skills to help get the business off the ground. Stout has partnered with several speakers and authors who share in his vision to help others in their leadership skills. One of the people Stout has partnered with is John C. Maxwell. Together, they have a desire to bring leadership to every nation in the world. With the success and desire that Stout has, there is no doubt that he can succeed in sharing his ideas and establishing leaders in each nation.
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About Dallas Patriots Inc., IDLife: IDLife offers a unique approach to optimizing your health, providing nutritional supplements customized to meet your personal goals.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Innovation Labs
Drawn to entrepreneurship while attending graduate school in Biomedical Engineering, Michael entered medical school with a different perspective than most of his peers. Upon discovering some antiquated medical technologies, Michael began exploring ways to improve the standard of care. During his clinical years, his moonlighting included the design and development of various medical devices, and the successful completion of patient trials at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Upon graduation, Dr. Patton founded a company that developed a line of minimally invasive surgical instruments, which were recently acquired by a Fortune 500 company. Having navigated the arduous path of medical device development and commercialization, he is now committed to helping inventors turn their ideas into products that can improve health care. Michael received his MS in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and his MD from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
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About Medical Innovation Labs: Medical Innovation Labs is a new hub for healthcare innovation in Central Texas.
Thomas J. Hook
President and CEO of Greatbatch
Thomas J. Hook holds the position of president and chief executive officer. Prior to joining Greatbatch, he was President of CTI Solutions Group and General Manager of Functional and Molecular Imaging for General Electric Medical Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Van Owen Group Acquisition Company and Duracell, Inc.
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About Greatbatch: Greatbatch, Inc. (Greatbatch) is developer and manufacturer of components for implantable medical devices (IMDs) and Electrochem batteries
Michael E. Steadman
Chief Executive Officer of URGO Medical North America
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About URGO Medical North America: URGO Medical North America provides medical devices and products for hospitals, wound care centers, nursing homes, and home health agencies.
Founder & CEO of membersy
Eric Johnson is the Founder & CEO of membersy.
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About membersy: Membersy is a digital health company that creates thoughtfully designed membership programs to make dental care more approachable.
Chris Steven Villanueva
Founder & CEO of MB2 Dental Solutions
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About MB2 Dental Solutions: MB2 Dental Solutions offers an array of services to streamline dental office management while maintaining a high quality of patient care.
Co-CEO of Cycorp
CEO at Cycorp.
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About Cycorp: Cycorp develops enterprise software products using logic-based machine reasoning.
K. Cody Patel
CEO of Vitalus Health
K. Cody Patel is the founder of SalusRx, a reputable company that has redefined clinical outcomes by maximizing technologies in healthcare that allow for more direct patient care. The goal of SalusRx is to reduce readmissions and improve quantifiable patient outcomes. With this, SalusRx has provided healthcare professionals across hospitals, clinics, and home care providers with transparency. Cody Patel has an extensive background in healthcare, having started his career in 2001 with Pulmo Guard Health Care as VP of Sales. After working with them for 11 years, K. Cody Patel more recently took on Pulmonary Rx, which he acquired in 2012 as Prinicipal. His passion for healthcare and technology has made Patel a respected individual in the field. K. Cody Patel is also an active member to the Houston community. He is a member of Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Heroes in Health program, TCH Ambassadors program, and Bayou Buddies. In addition, Cody Patel dedicates his time to the University of St. Thomas, of which he graduated, as an Alumni Board member and Co-Chair of the Center for Science and Health Professions.
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About Vitalus Health: One of the nation’s leading provider of pulmonary disease management services, as well as, sleep and neurological diagnostics.
CEO of Airrosti Rehab Centers
Mr. Green brings a vast array of business experience to Airrosti. He spent 20 years with CUC International, an international marketing firm and one of the first companies to offer products online and through the Internet. CUC went from IPO to a $15 billion market cap company during Green’s tenure. Mr. Green held several positions at CUC including Senior Vice President of Sales and then Senior Vice President — Product Management where he managed the CUC Auto Service, CUC Warranty Services and CUC Dining Services from startup to over $200 million in revenue. Green then became President of CUC Publishing which merged with Entertainment Publications after its acquisition by CUC. Green then served in the Office of the President with responsibility for its 150+ offices throughout the US and select international locations. Green’s last three years at CUC were in the role of Executive Vice President — Mergers and Acquisitions where he was responsible for the negotiation and closing of numerous strategic acquisitions. Upon leaving CUC, Green purchased PC Wholesale, a custom technology builder and solution provider which has been included in the INC 500 list of fastest growing private companies and was also named one of the top 50 companies in San Antonio, Texas by the San Antonio Business Journal. Mr. Green was also a founding partner of Ventanex, Ltd. Ventanex provides custom phone payment services, integrated real time web payments, and electronic check conversion to mortgage servicers, banks, newspapers, credit companies and other firms seeking to move money efficiently. Mr. Green joined Airrosti as its CEO in March of 2006. Seeing that the current healthcare system is hungry for “results based” treatment options, Mr. Green is focused on further strengthening the unique culture at Airrosti that is committed to positively impacting the lives of our patients by attracting and supporting true Airrostifarians who have a genuine passion for helping others as part of their core DNA. Mr. Green became Airrosti’s Chairman of the Board in September 2018. “Our commitment to excellence gives Airrosti a unique opportunity to help patients, even those who have given up on finding relief for their pain and functional issues. Our patient outcome data proves we have an unparalleled track-record of resolving injuries quickly and completely. I have never been involved in anything so rewarding and it is an honor to support our treatment teams as they work daily to help Airrosti patients return to active and healthy lives.” Mr. Green has a BA in Marketing from the University of Washington in Seattle.
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About Airrosti Rehab Centers: Airrosti is an outcome-based healthcare group filling the value gap in musculoskeletal care.
CEO, Head of Product, and Founder of Rex Animal Health
Amado is a scientist turned entrepreneur. He is a chemist by training and is experienced in pharmaceuticals and big data/analytics. Prior to founding Rex Animal Health, he was advising startups and Fortune 500 companies in product development and intellectual property strategies.
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About Rex Animal Health: Rex is take care animal health to the 21st century by making veterinary medicine and husbandry data driven.
David K. White
Chief Executive Officer of BayMark Health Services
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About BAART Programs, BayMark Health Services: BayMark Health Services is provider of opioid treatment services.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Senseye
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About Civil Air Patrol, Senseye: Senseye is a Neurotechnology company
Founder/CEO of Loopback
Neil Smiley is the founder and CEO of Loopback Analytics. Smiley started Loopback Analytics in 2009, after serving for 12 years as the founder and CEO of Phytel, a provider-led population health improvement company acquired by IBM Watson. Smiley started his professional career in management consulting with Accenture and later as a partner with EY, working with Fortune 1000 clients in the manufacturing, high tech, oil and gas, and transportation industries. Smiley serves as President of the Charles H. Hood Foundation, supporting child health research with leading institutions across New England and the Board of the Dartmouth Hood Museum of Art. Additionally, Smiley and his wife Judy are Auction Chairs for the Carson Leslie Foundation for pediatric cancer research. In 2013, Smiley was one of four finalists nominated for the Tech Titans Award for Emerging Technology Innovation in Dallas, and selected as one of the top 25 most influential persons in health care by the Dallas Business Journal. He serves as an active investor and mentor with Health Wildcatters, a health technology accelerator based in Dallas, working with emerging health care startups. Smiley’s passion is to build the kind of company where every employee feels connected to the mission of transforming the country’s health care system to benefit patients and providers. Smiley holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College.
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About Loopback: Loopback Analytics offers a management platform helping health systems identify at-risk patients, match intervention, and improve outcomes.
Co-Founder/CEO of Sixpack Shortcuts
Daniel Rose is the co-founder and CEO of Six Pack Shortcuts.
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About Sixpack Shortcuts: Sixpack Shortcuts is an online fitness company that provides diet plans, workouts, and other fitness products.
Co-Founder, President & CEO of ESO
Chris was the co-founder of ESO and has been with the company since its 2004 inception, first as Vice President of Marketing and Sales and now as President and CEO, a position he has held since 2009. He brought 13 years of EMS experience and a solid business background to ESO, having served in roles ranging from EMS manager to founder of a real estate company that bought, sold and managed properties. Chris designed the first several versions of the ESO ePCR software, and his vision continues to be the driving force behind the development of new products to meet the changing demands of the healthcare market.
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About ESO: ESO is a computeer software company that develops a software intended to improve community health through the power of data.
CEO of The GoodLooking Company
Jonathon Kovar received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston and founded HealthTrust Software, now The GoodLooking Company in 2009. He is a health care attorney who has assisted hundreds of home health agencies, physicians, DME providers, hospices, therapy providers, and outpatient clinics to become more compliant and efficient by utilizing technology to streamline and enhance the documentation process. He has worked with agencies facing ZPIC audits and state Medicaid investigations. He has taught seminars on HIPAA compliance, documentation and billing strategies, and advanced technology utilization. For over a decade, Jonathon has been an advocate for healthcare providers. Since receiving his doctorate, the company has helped thousands of administrators and clinicians grow their businesses, increase their compliance and lower their cost of service. Now residing in Austin, Texas, Jonathon helps politicians, healthcare providers, and other public figures to draft legislation, create comprehensive legal strategies, and bring health and healing to people in need.
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About The GoodLooking Company: The GoodLooking Company offers software that organizes and oversees all of your paperwork, processes, and people in one place.
CEO and Co-Founder of Goldfinch Health
Brand has over 15 years of experience in bringing new healthcare solutions to payers, employers and patients. Brand joined OutcomesMTM, a pharmacy Medication Therapy company, as the firm’s fourth employee. He served OutcomesMTM in business development and operations leadership roles, seeing the company through rapid growth and eventually its acquisition by Cardinal Health in 2015. Brand received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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About Goldfinch Health: Goldfinch Health helps companies save money by empowering employees to better navigate surgery and recovery.
Chief Executive Officer of Curtana Pharmaceuticals
Stein co-founded Curtana Pharmaceuticals and became the company’s Chief Executive Officer in April, 2013. During his professional career of over 20 years, he has been a clinician and a life sciences executive with experience in the areas of diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Prior to co-founding Curtana, Dr. Stein served as the Vice President, Operations and Medical Affairs at Sova Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a venture-backed company he co-founded in March, 2010. The company is focused on the development of novel therapeutic drugs for the treatment of inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Prior to Sova, he was the Senior Director of Product Marketing at Genoptix, which was recently acquired by Novartis. Genoptix is a specialized laboratory service provider focused on delivering personalized and comprehensive diagnostic services to community-based hematologists and oncologists. Prior to joining Genoptix, Dr. Stein was an entrepreneur with a focus on identifying innovative technology for commercial development in the medical therapeutic, device and diagnostic areas. He has been the founder of two other early-stage drug development companies, Opus Pharmaceuticals and Uzima Bioscience. Before pursuing a career in the business world, Dr. Stein practiced Emergency Medicine in a busy urban hospital on the west side of Chicago where he served as the Assistant Medical Director of the department and Associate Emergency Medical Services Director for the regional EMS system. Dr. Stein is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois Affiliated Hospitals in Chicago and is a graduate of the 3-year accelerated Independent Study Program at the Ohio State University School of Medicine. Dr. Stein received a B.A. in Psychology from UC San Diego and an M.B.A. from The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.
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About Curtana Pharmaceuticals: Curtana is a biopharmaceutical company that has developed therapies for the treatment of the most aggressive types of brain cancer.
CEO and Co-founder of ClaraPrice
Jory Hatton is a serial entrepreneur, software architect, and Health IT expert with a professional background in consumer SaaS products and Enterprise APIs. His core expertise lies in agile software development, product development, and technical leadership, leading platform builds that pair stability and scalability with a great user experience. As a key stakeholder within executive leadership teams, he has led early stage software companies through rapid phases of growth, revenue, partnership, and acquisition. Previous accomplishments include TechCrunch Battlefield, Rock Health Best New Startup, and Austin Startup A-List.
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About ClaraPrice: ClaraPrice helps Hospitals boost revenue and ratings with innovative price transparency solutions.
CEO of Nimbus Healthcare
Jobby John is the co-owner and pharmacist-in-charge at Lake Hills Compounding Pharmacy and Wellness Center, an integrative care and innovative compounding pharmacy located in Austin, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in 2013 with his Pharm.D degree. Dr. John’s experience includes service as a member of board of directors of the Texas Pharmacy Association, the student body president at the UT College of Pharmacy and is an active member of numerous nonprofit and philanthropic entities. He is one of the founding members of Project Collaborate, a statewide health screening and wellness program sponsored by the University of Texas, which educates and cares for tens of thousands of patients every year. Among other philanthropic ventures, he started the “Know Your Medicine” program which brings pharmacy students into nursing homes and assisted living centers where they inventory residents medications, helping to ensure that dosages are clear and checking to see if any medications interfere with one another – a relatively common and potentially dangerous occurrence these days. Dr. John is an avid motorcyclist and a member of the prestigious Friar Society to which he was inducted into in 2012.
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About Nimbus Healthcare: The first digitally native multi-condition health platform-providing access to PERSONALIZED healthcare from start-to-finish.
Chief Scientific Officer & CEO of Vapogenix
Dr. Giles has held international leadership positions in large and small pharmaceutical companies, and her wide experience spans drug discovery and development from target validation, through clinical studies to final regulatory submission. She has a track-record of creating sustainable R&D portfolios and delivering new drugs into development and on to market. She has expertise in numerous therapeutic areas including respiratory, inflammation, pain and cardiovascular and is a respected pharmacologist with international recognition in the field of receptor theory and GPCRs. Dr. Giles joined Vapogenix in 2009 and has provided scientific and drug development leadership, which resulted in successful completion of the company’s first clinical study in 2014. Previously, from 2001 to 2008, she was Vice-President of Strategic Planning at Encysive, a small pharmaceutical company in Houston, Texas. There she managed the R&D portfolio and played a pivotal role in delivering the company’s key development project, Thelin, to regulatory submission and subsequent European commercial launch. Thelin is an endothelin A receptor antagonist for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Prior to Encysive, Dr. Giles was International Disease Strategy Director for Asthma at GlaxoSmithKline R&D and prior to this was Head of the Receptor Pharmacology department at GlaxoWellcome R&D, UK (1995-2000). From 1983-1995, at Wellcome R&D, UK, she held various research, project leader and management positions, with particular focus on G-protein-coupled receptors and integrins and their role in cardiovascular disease. She has an extensive scientific publication record and currently serves as adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Houston. She is a member of the British Pharmacological Society and has served on their governing council and is an Editor for the British Journal of Pharmacology.
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About Vapogenix: Vapogenix is a clinical stage company developing a new class of non-narcotic analgesics for localized pain.
CEO of Lightbeam Health
Patrick Cline was Founder & President at NextGen Healthcare Information Systems.
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About Lightbeam Health: Lightbeam provides a single vendor platform that facilitates end-to-end population management.
Daniel Van Ackeren
Chief Executive Officer of Regenerate Health
Van Ackeren has extensive experience in senior leadership of wellness and disease management companies. Prior to starting Van Ackeren Associates, Dr. Van Ackeren was the Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer of a nationally recognized Wellness Company and was the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for a managed care company specializing in Disease Management and Wellness in Michigan. His primary responsibilities included overseeing sales and future growth opportunities for both companies. During his time in Michigan, Dan served as a board member of the Michigan Association of Health Plans. Dr. Van Ackeren has over 14 years of health care, consulting, and business development experience with extensive knowledge in mergers and acquisitions. He has developed relationships with third party administrators, health plans, employer groups and insurance professionals across the country. Dr. Van Ackeren has also worked in a variety of capacities in health care in Texas. He was the founder and CEO of a chain of injury and rehabilitation clinics in North Texas purchasing failing Chiropractic clinics and making them profitable ventures. He established and built a prestigious outpatient surgical rehabilitation center in a competitive medical district. He revitalized a struggling start-up operation in the employee wellness industry and was responsible for the development and management of their national proprietary network of wellness health coaches. Dr. Van Ackeren also served as Vice President of Business Development/Investor Relations for a biotechnology and life sciences Company in Texas. Dr. Van Ackeren sold product lines for stem cell research and raised capital for a biotechnology and biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Van Ackeren also spent time working and developing Department of Defense life sciences contracts. Dr. Van Ackeren has been published in both scientific and business publications and was recognized as an innovative entrepreneur by the Ft. Worth, Texas media. Dr. Van Ackerens mastery of both disease management and wellness has inspired Personalized Prevention. Dr. Van Ackeren received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology through Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree through Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree through Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas.
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About Regenerate Health: Regenerate Health specialize in knee pain and joint pain relief, offering PRP & Amniotic Therapy, Hormone Replacement Therapy & more!
CEO of SubjectWell
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About Brightfire, SubjectWell: SubjectWell is the risk-free clinical trials marketplace for patient recruitment
Founder & CEO of Hua Medicine
Dr. Li Chen leads Hua Medicine, a drug discovery company whose mission is to bring clinically differentiated medicines to patients in China and worldwide. Before Dr. Chen founded Hua Medicine, he was the Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Research at Roche R&D Center (China) Ltd. and a member of Roche’s Pharma Research Leadership Team. As a founding Director in this position, Li was responsible for development and implementation of China’s drug discovery strategy, creation of the China discovery portfolio, and management of China operations including Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Discovery Technology, Drug Supply and Drug Safety. He developed a “Collaborative Innovation” model through integration of over 100 scientist-based China partnerships with academic institutes, biotech, contract research organizations and clinical development organizations. During his 18 year pharma career, Li also had several leadership positions at Roche Nutley in New Jersey, including head of combinatorial/high throughput chemistry. He is a co-inventor of two Roche drugs that reached Phase II clinical trials in Asthma and in MED. He also served as a member at Roche’s Patent Coordination Committee at Nutley. Li was the President of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA) in 2001, and is now a member of the SAPA Board of Directors. He has received numerous honors including the Roche Pharma Olympia Award 2005, Roche D2K Award, and SAPA President’s Award. Most recently, he received IBC China Pharma’s R&D Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals whose contributions changed the landscape, reputation, and ecosystem for drug R&D in China. He has also received the “Shanghai Leading Talent” Award from the Shanghai government. Li received his Ph.D in Chemistry from Iowa State University. He was formerly a lecturer in Organic Chemistry at East China Normal University, and is currently an adjunct professor of Chemical Biology at Tongji University. He has over 70 publications in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals and in patent literature.
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About Hua Medicine, Tongji University: Hua Medicine is a clinical-stage, innovative drug development company in China.
CEO and Co-Founder of Expressable
Nicholas Barbara is the CEO and Co-Founder of Expressable.
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About Expressable: Expressable is an online speech therapy practice for those with a communication disorder.
Co-Founder , CEO of Poppi
Stephen Ellsworth is the Co-Founder and CEO at Poppi.
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About Poppi: Poppi manufactures prebiotic soda that combines real fruit juice with apple cider vinegar.
Co-Founder, Partner & Chief Executive Officer of Health Wildcatters
Hubert Zajicek is CEO & Co-founder of Health Wildcatters, a healthcare seed fund and accelerator in Dallas, TX. Health Wildcatters provides mentorship, capital and guidance to up to 12 healthcare related startups during an intensive 12 week program which culminates in a pitch day annually. Health Wildcatters three funds are invested in over 30 healthcare startup companies. Dr. Zajicek has extensive experience with startups and is an active speaker, panelist and thought leader on healthcare innovation, startups, entrepreneurship & financing. He serves as advisor, mentor and board member on various organizations and startup companies. He was managing director – medical technology at NTEC (North Texas Enterprise Center), where he ran what eventually became the Southwest’s largest medtech investment conference, showcasing startups that attracted in excess of $300M. Prior, he was on faculty at UT Southwestern, as an NIH funded principal investigator, in the Departments of Internal medicine and Cell Biology. He is president and founder of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs – DFW chapter, co-founder & partner of Lone Star Angels and is on the Board of the Southwest Venture Forum. He has an MD from the University of Vienna and an MBA from SMU.
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About Health Hacking Crisis Network, Health Wildcatters: Health Wildcatters is a mentor-driven seed accelerator focused on improving healthcare by supporting entrepreneurs and healthcare startups.
Kelly S. Drewry
Founder & CEO of Renova Health
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About Renova Health: Renova® provides access to specialized care for neuropathic pain related to back, neck, hand and foot conditions.
Chief Executive Officer of iwi Life
Has over 18 years of experience in the food and beverage and health and wellness industries. As a founder of two start-ups and leader of world class mid-size companies, he brings extensive expertise in general management, agriculture, R&D and global marketing and sales. He has earned an Executive MBA from ComillasPontifical University, a Master of Global Logistics from ICIL, an Executive Master of Finance from ESIC and a Harvard Business School President’s Program.
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About iwi Life: Iwi Life is a rural-focused manufacturer of algae-based nutrition that is advantageous to any living organism.
Founder and CEO of Cloud 9
JC Adams is Founder and CEO at Cloud 9.
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About Cloud 9: Cloud 9 creates a dual treatment solution for behavioral healthcare prevention and intervention.
Co-Founder, CEO of Diligent Robotics
Andrea Thomaz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Diligent Robotics and a renowned social robotics expert. Her accolades include being recognized by the National Academy of Science as a Kavli Fellow, the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech, MIT Technology Review on its Next Generation of 35 Innovators Under 35 list, Popular Science on its Brilliant 10 list, TEDx as a featured keynote speaker on social robotics and Texas Monthly on its Most Powerful Texans of 2018 list. Andrea’s robots have been featured in the New York Times and on the covers of MIT Technology Review and Popular Science. Her passion for social robotics began during her work at the MIT Media Lab, where she focused on using AI to develop machines that address everyday human needs. Andrea co-founded Diligent Robotics to pursue her vision of creating socially intelligent robot assistants that collaborate with humans by doing their chores so humans can have more time for the work they care most about. She earned her Ph.D. from MIT and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UT Austin, and was a Robotics Professor at UT Austin and Georgia Tech (where she directed the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab).
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About Diligent Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology, The University of Texas at Austin: Diligent Robotics develops AI-powered robot assistants to collaborate with and adapt to humans in everyday environments.
Chief Executive Officer of Medical Informatics Corp
Emma Fauss is CEO Medical Informatics Corp.
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About Medical Informatics Corp: Medical Informatics offers solutions that give care teams access to the data they need to take action for alarm management and safety.
CEO of Medsolis
Akash is a healthcare industry executive with more than 15 years of strategy and operational leadership experience. His primary areas of interest are strategy and product development for ACOs and IPAs, patient engagement, avoidable readmission reduction, and case management using digital health technologies.
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About Medsolis: MEDSOLIS is an innovation-driven healthcare software company. We have products to simplify Patient Engagement & Care Management.
CEO & President of Nacuity Pharmaceuticals
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About Nacuity Pharmaceuticals: Nacuity Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company that aims to develop a breakthrough treatment for retinitis pigmentosa.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Leto Solutions
Becky Ariana, who served as the team’s mentor throughout the UTSA CITE competition, is the Company’s President and CEO. Ms. Ariana brings more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing and sales management, and executive leadership in the medical industry, working with organizations ranging in size from small start-ups to industry giants. Most recently, she served as a Principal with ProSavant International, a successful and highly recognized San Antonio-based strategic and operational consulting firm in the medical industry. Prior to joining ProSavant, she was VP at Vidacare Corporation, with responsibility for creating, building, and leading the oncology business unit. In addition to being President of Medigy Consulting for 10 years, Ms. Ariana has had the opportunity to launch exciting and innovative new products for Millennium Pharmaceuticals (the Takeda Oncology Company), Berlex Oncology (Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals), Diatek Corporation, and IVAC Corporation (now Carefusion). Ms. Ariana received her B.S. degree in Zoology and Psychology from Iowa State University, and completed additional coursework at the University of Chicago.
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About Leto Solutions: Leto Solutions Inc.is a small start-up company that developed the Aquilonix™ Prosthesis Cooling System.
Chief Executive Officer of GAFFEY Healthcare
Derek Morkel serves as Chief Executive Officer of GAFFEY Healthcare. With more than 20 years of experience in both the health care and technology industries, Morkel leads the overall strategic direction of the company and oversees operations, growth strategy and financial performance. Previously, Morkel served as Senior Vice President at MedCath Corporation, Operations CFO at IASIS Healthcare, CEO US Operations for Craneware, Hospital CFO at Province Healthcare (now Lifepoint), and Division Director Finance HCA. Morkel earned a bachelor’s degree from Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa and a master’s degree in health care administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.
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About GAFFEY Healthcare, HealthTechS3: GAFFEY Healthcare provides next-generation, cloud-based revenue cycle technology and services.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cariloop
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About Cariloop: Cariloop’s caregiver support platform relieves the anxiety of caring for a loved one while working a full-time job.
Founder, President & CEO of CareView Communications
Steven G. Johnson has over 20 years of experience in the Cable and Wireless Industry. Serving as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of American Wireless Systems Inc. (AWSY), he then restructured and sold American Wireless Systems Inc. to Heartland Wireless Communications Inc. Mr. Johnson served as President of Hanover Systems Inc., a Delaware Corporation founded by Mr. Johnson, engaged in the business of manufacturing telecommunications products. Mr. Johnson has been actively involved with the wireless cable industry since 1984 and has served on the board of directors for the Wireless Cable Association and with its FCC regulatory committee. Mr. Johnson holds a BA Economics and Business Administration degree from Simpson University. Mr. Johnson has developed various electronic telecommunications equipment for the Wireless Cable Industry including microwave downconverters, wireless cable set top converters, antennas, and MMDS transmitters.
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About CareView Communications: CareView Communications offers a video monitoring system enabling nursing staff to maintain visual contact with remotely-located patients.
Founder & CEO of Vivify Health
Eric Rock has demonstrated repeat successes as an innovator and entrepreneur, having founded three highly successful software companies. Most recently, Rock has launched Vivify Health, delivering an advanced cloud-based Remote Care Management platform connecting providers with their patients via wireless mobile devices. The result is a disruptive transformation in the delivery of healthcare to the to the consumer, reducing costs and greatly increasing provider efficiency. Prior to Vivify Health, Rock had founded MEDHOST, a healthcare software company serving over 400 hospitals and 10 million patients annually, with electronic medical records, charge capture and operational efficiency solutions. Innovations also included geographic bed/facility views, patient self-service kiosks, multi-touch data visualization and an enterprise operational visibility engine. MEDHOST was the pioneer in touchscreen technology for healthcare and stands today as the most intuitive hospital EMR in the industry. MEDHOST was successfully acquired in early 2010, shortly after Rock had launched Vivify Health. Prior to MEDHOST, Rock launched his first company based upon the first-ever Table Management System, ProHost, for the hospitality industry. The solution utilized geographical visualization of restaurant status to help staff solve the surprisingly complex problem of balancing restaurant resources, improving workflows and accurately forecasting wait times. Additional innovations included on-line reservations, customer kiosks, status displays via televisions and a wireless paging transmitter. ProHost was deployed in over 5,000 restaurants world-wide, before it was ultimately acquired by OpenTable.com. Rock is an advisory board member of various technology organizations, including Microsoft, and a frequent speaker at events such as HIMSS, ATA, mHealth Summit and TEDx. Rock also finds quality time for his wife and two young boys, including weekend treks in the RV, soccer coaching and Boy Scout leadership.
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About Vivify Health: Vivify Health delivers a cloud-based, device-agnostic, and ecosystem-connected remote care management platform.
Vinit K. Asar
President and CEO of Hanger
Mr. Vinit K. Asar is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Hanger Inc. Mr. Asar came to Hanger from the Medical Device & Diagnostic sector at Johnson & Johnson, having worked at the Ethicon, Ethicon-Endo-Surgery, Cordis and Biosense Webster franchises. During his 18 year career at Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Asar held various roles of increasing responsibility in Finance, Product Development, Manufacturing, and Marketing and Sales in the US and in Europe. Prior to joining Hanger, Mr. Asar was the Worldwide Vice-President at Biosense Webster, the Electrophysiology division of Johnson & Johnson, responsible for the Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Services organizations. Mr. Asar has a B.S.B.A from Aquinas College and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University.
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About Hanger: Hanger, Inc. is the world’s premier provider of orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) services and products,
Co-founder & CEO of Valhalla Healthcare
Alex Baqui, MD is a physician who graduated from UTH McGovern Medical School in Houston, TX. Along with bringing on successful startup experiences, Alex is delaying his residency to focus on development of the company full-time.
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About Valhalla Healthcare: Valhalla Healthcare leverages advances in AI and machine learning technology deliver the affordable, accessible, and effective healthcare.
Jeffery J. Sheldon
Founder, Chairman & CEO of Houston Medical Robotics
Jeffery Sheldon is Chairman & CEO at Houston Medical Robotics.
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About CitareTx Investment Partners I, EMIT Corporation, Houston Medical Robotics, Yguana Entertainment: Houston Medical Robotics develops and commercializes image-guided handheld medical robotics for use in various therapeutic applications.
Co-Founder & CEO of Take Command Health
As co-founder and CEO of health tech startup Take Command, Jack’s practical insurance advice has been featured in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, BenefitsPro, Bloomberg, Employee Benefit Adviser, and more. Under his leadership, the company just celebrated its best year yet, with 400% increases in signups over last year and a $12M Series A (in the midst of a pandemic, an unstable economy, and combative political atmosphere).Prior to co-founding Take Command in 2014, Jack was a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and an intelligence officer for the FBI and CIA. He twice received an innovation award from the Director of the FBI and was awarded for distinguished service overseas by the Director of the CIA. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business where he focused on entrepreneurial management. A Dallas native and a proud Aggie, Jack wears Under Armor proudly (and exclusively), shamelessly cracks dad jokes, is a father of three boys, and a tech junkie (ask him about the robot he bought for his wife that was supposed to cook dinner). An outspoken champion and recognized thought-leader for consumer-driven healthcare, Jack currently serves as the Chairman of the HRA Council. His motto? “Health insurance was never meant to be this complicated.”
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About Take Command Health: Take Command is a B2B SaaS company that helps employers reimburse employees for individual health insurance tax-free. Based in Dallas, Texas, the Series A startup specializes in ICHRA administration and QSEHRA administration to provide choice and personalized benefits for employees and cost control and flexibility for employers. Take Command is on a mission to accelerate the adoption of the reimbursement model of health insurance to help create a consumer-centric healthcare system.
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J. Brian Windsor
Chief Executive Officer of Lung Therapeutics
Windsor has spent the last 18 years in the formation and management of life science-based technology ventures and has led technology development and licensing to major pharmaceutical firms as well as public and private companies. Dr. Windsor brings recent leadership experience in pharmaceutical drug development and most recently served as President of Enavail, LLC, a specialty pharmaceutical manufacturing company developing unique formulations for superior drug performance. While at Enavail, Dr. Windsor oversaw all aspects of pharmaceutical drug development, including drug selection, regulatory strategy, preclinical and clinical strategy, GMP manufacturing, and strategic partnering for pharma products. Prior to his role with Enavail, Dr. Windsor directed portfolio company management for Emergent Technologies Inc. (ETI), an early stage technology venture creation and management company. During his tenure at ETI, Dr. Windsor has served as Managing Director or President for ten of ETI’s portfolio companies and has been involved in the conception, technology licensing, corporate and technical strategic planning, launch, and business development of all of these ventures. Applications areas of these companies span diverse segments within life and material sciences and include pharmaceutical development and manufacturing, drug delivery, and biotechnology. Prior to joining ETI, he was Founder and Vice President of R&D for Texagen, Inc., a startup focused on genetic and chemical methods for overcoming mechanisms of drug resistance important to medicine and agriculture. At Texagen he directed outsourced research efforts at university labs and third party contract research companies, and he interfaced with corporate partners interested in feasibility studies and in-licensing discussions. He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from The University of Texas at Austin, is an invited speaker for both scientific and technology transfer events, and is an inventor on multiple patents and patent applications.
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About Lung Therapeutics: Lung Therapeutics provides innovative treatments for underserved, life-threatening lung conditions.
CEO of Maxwell Biosciences
Maxwell’s technology is backed by over $30 million in non-dilutive funds from the US, Australian and Japanese governments – a good example is DARPA’s grant to create a “synthetic immune system.” Maxwell’s CLAROMER biomimetic technology is precision engineered to accurately mimic the powerful functions of many bioactive peptides, overcoming the inherent clinical weaknesses of peptides by enhancing potency, safety and stability. Nature Scientific Reports published our compounds as “fast killers” of drug resistant pathogens by targeting vulnerabilities in pathogen membranes, that don’t exist in healthy human cells. These pathogen-specific membrane vulnerabilities are what allow your immune system peptides to kill them. We use that vulnerability in our drug discovery, and Maxwell’s technology is well published to disrupt pathogen membranes, completely inactivating the pathogen or tumor.
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About Maxwell Biosciences: MaxWell Biosciences is biotechnology for optimizing cognitive performance and health span.
Founder, CEO of Infinite Recovery Holdings
Michael Dadashi has been living in active recovery since 2009. He used the transformative lessons that he learned in recovery to rebel against what society tells us about addicts and empower those seeking a transformed life. By hiring other people in long-term recovery, Michael built a multi-million dollar e-waste recycling business that became one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. In 2013, Michael took his mission to help addicts rebuild their lives one step further by opening Infinite Recovery.
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About Heart Water, Infinite Recovery Holdings, MHD Enterprises: Infinite Recovery is an addiction rehabilitation center based Austin, Texas.