The Health Technology Podcast
Harith Rajagopalan: Restoring Patient Health from Metabolic Disease

Harith Rajagopalan: Restoring Patient Health from Metabolic Disease

December 14, 2020

Harith Rajagopalan, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder & CEO, Fractyl

harith-rajagopalan-fractyl_200b7035.jpgDr. Harith Rajagopalan is co-founder and CEO of Fractyl, having started the company while serving as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at General Catalyst Partners. Prior to founding Fractyl, Harith was an academic cardiologist and physician-scientist. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Stanford University and went on to obtain M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. At Johns Hopkins, Harith did groundbreaking and award-winning research on intestinal cancers that was published in top medical journals, including Nature and Science. After medical school, Harith trained in internal medicine and clinical cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and completed a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. 

 

Jon Bloom: Preventing Foot Amputation in Diabetes Patients

Jon Bloom: Preventing Foot Amputation in Diabetes Patients

November 30, 2020

Jon Bloom, MD, CEO & Co-Founder, Podimetrics

Jon_Bloom_Headshot__2_200px645qd.pngDr. Jon Bloom is a board-certified physician and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in technology development, patient monitoring, biomedical research, and health care delivery. He is the chief executive officer of Podimetrics, a virtual care management company dedicated to preventing diabetic amputations, one of the most debilitating and costly complications of diabetes. Dr. Bloom was inspired to create a solution to help prevent diabetic foot complications while practicing anesthesia. He frequently treated patients with diabetes who required foot amputations, and knew there had to be a less drastic way to manage common complications of that disease. Dr. Bloom co-founded Podimetrics in 2011 while a student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Podimetrics combines an FDA-cleared SmartMat™ with wraparound care management to spot early warning signs weeks before they usually would present clinically. By combining cutting-edge technology with best-in-class care management, Podimetrics earns high engagement rates from patients and achieves unparalleled outcomes - keeping vulnerable patients healthy at home and saving limbs, lives, and money. Dr. Bloom served as a Clinical Assistant Professor and staff anesthesiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He also served as the Director of Global Medical Affairs for Covidien's Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions division in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Bloom is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, completing residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications with a primary focus on health care economics and perioperative complications. Prior to his career in medicine Dr. Bloom studied cytochrome P450 drug metabolism at The Scripps Research Institute. 

Matt Abrahams: How to Be a Confident, Effective Speaker

Matt Abrahams: How to Be a Confident, Effective Speaker

November 16, 2020

Matt Abrahams, Co-Founder and Principal, Bold Echo Communications

matt_abrahams_200_sq7ly1u.pngMatt Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He teaches Effective Virtual Communication and Essentials of Strategic Communication at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.  

Matt is also Co-Founder and Principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. 

Matt published the third edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help the millions of people who wish to present in a more confident and compelling way. He also hosts the GSB podcast called Think Fast Talk Smart. And he curates the NoFreakingSpeaking.com website.

Crystal Evuleocha: Telemedicine in the Women’s Health Space

Crystal Evuleocha: Telemedicine in the Women’s Health Space

November 9, 2020

Crystal Evuleocha, CEO & Founder, Kiira Health

evuleocha_200sq63azf.jpgCrystal Evuleocha is Co-Founder and CEO of Kiira Health, a digital health company on a mission to increase access to women’s health resources for young women. Kiira’s first product is a virtual women’s health clinic and advanced AI care coordinator for colleges and universities. Crystal is a serial entrepreneur turned healthtech professional with over 6 years of project management, business development, and legal expertise in healthcare regulation and administration. Crystal has a passion for women’s health equity and creating safe spaces for young women to seek professional medical advice. Crystal has won numerous awards including the 2019 Afrotech Cup and most recently the Google for Startups Audience Choice Awards at Harvard Business School's 2020 Black New Ventures Competition.

Aswin Gunasekar: Faster & Better EEG Tests with Zeto

Aswin Gunasekar: Faster & Better EEG Tests with Zeto

November 2, 2020

Aswin Gunasekar, CEO & Founder, Zeto

aswinhs_2009kh3v.jpgAswin is a former electrical engineer and management consultant. He turned to entrepreneurship to solve serious problems in health care. Zeto’s mission is to transform the way neurological conditions are recognized, managed and treated. Under his leadership, Zeto has brought to market the first true dry electrode EEG headset and cloud platform cleared by the FDA for clinical use and won several top medtech awards. Aswin focuses on putting the customer first, creating products that deliver remarkable advancement and building a strong, profitable business. 

Prior to Zeto, Aswin worked as a management consultant at PwC, revamping sales and marketing for large and mid size clients. Prior to PwC, he worked for 10 years in the semiconductor industry in a variety of roles including design engineering, product development and marketing. He played a key role in the design of many cutting edge and commercially successful microprocessors at AMD. He holds 4 international patents in computing technology, authored 1 IEEE publication and co-invented 5 Zeto patents in EEG technology. Aswin graduated in the top 5% of his B.S and M.B.A class with Beta Gamma Sigma Honors. 

Holly Sheffield: Solutions for Women’s Health

Holly Sheffield: Solutions for Women’s Health

October 26, 2020

Holly Sheffield, President, CooperSurgical

holly-sheffield-bio_200sq9m8n9.jpgMs. Sheffield has served as President of CooperSurgical, Inc., our women's healthcare business, since July 2020. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer from June 2018 to July 2020. Prior to joining Cooper, Ms. Sheffield had over 20 years of experience in investment banking. She joined Cooper from UBS Securities LLC, where she was a Managing Director, Global Head of Medical Technology from 2009 to May 2018. From 2000 to 2009, Ms. Sheffield was at Credit Suisse and from 1997-2000, Ms. Sheffield was at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette until it was acquired by Credit Suisse. Ms. Sheffield received a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Christine Lemke: Managing Chronic Conditions Outside the Clinic

Christine Lemke: Managing Chronic Conditions Outside the Clinic

October 19, 2020

Christine Lemke, Co-Founder, Co-CEO, & President, Evidation Health

christine-1_2009ku5k.jpgChristine is the Co-founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and President of Evidation Health. Previously, Christine was the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Sense Networks, developers of the first machine learning platform for mobile phone activity data (exited to YP.com). She has also held roles at 3iGroup (Paris), Microsoft XBOX and co-founded Chicago-based Channel IQ, a product analytics platform. Christine has a BA from the University of Washington and an MBA from HEC Paris.

Matt Fairhurst: Scaling the Deskless Workforce

Matt Fairhurst: Scaling the Deskless Workforce

October 12, 2020

Matt Fairhurst, Co-Founder & CEO, Skedulo

Matt_Fairhurst_2009rave.pngMatt Fairhurst is the co-founder and CEO of Skedulo, a leading mobile workforce management platform. Matt founded Skedulo with James Davies in 2013 with a vision of creating applications and technology to manage the growing number of mobile service industry workers. He has a background in user experience and user interface design and is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology where he studied Marketing and Management. Prior to founding Skedulo, Matt held a number of leadership roles in marketing, consulting and design in the enterprise software and manufacturing sectors. Matt spends his time across Skedulo’s growing engineering/product development headquarters in Brisbane, Australia and global headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Abner Mason: Healthcare for a Changing Population

Abner Mason: Healthcare for a Changing Population

October 5, 2020

Abner Mason, Founder & CEO, ConsejoSano

Abner_Mason_200aiuoo.pngBefore creating ConsejoSano, Abner was Founder and CEO for the Workplace Wellness Council of Mexico, now the leading corporate wellness company in Mexico. From 2003-2008, he was founder and Executive Director of AIDS Responsibility Project, driving the creation of CONAES and JaBCHA, the first business councils on HIV/AIDS in Mexico and Jamaica. Abner previously served as Chairman of the International Committee and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), appointed by President Bush in 2002. He spent ten years in the Massachusetts State government, including roles as Chief Policy Advisor to Massachusetts Governors Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift, Governor Cellucci's Undersecretary of Transportation, and Deputy General Manager of the Massachusetts Transit Authority. Before joining state government, Abner worked as an Associate Consultant for Bain & Company. In 2018, he founded Health Tech 4 Medicaid (HT4M), a non-profit coalition of healthtech leaders collaborating to create technology for Medicaid programs. Additionally, he is a founding council member of U.S. of Care, a nonprofit centered on improving healthcare access developed by former Medicare/Medicaid administrator Andy Slavitt. Abner is a graduate of Harvard.

Amr Salahieh: Shifamed, a Silicon Valley Medtech Innovation Hub

Amr Salahieh: Shifamed, a Silicon Valley Medtech Innovation Hub

September 28, 2020

Amr Salihieh, President & CEO, Shifamed

amr-salahieh_2006xonv.pngAmr is a seasoned medical device entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry. Amr is the founder of Shifamed LLC, a Silicon Valley-based medical device incubator founded in 2009, from which Legacy Portfolio Companies Maya Medical, Kalila Medical, and Apama Medical have successfully exited and through which three additional companies are currently under incubation. Prior to founding Shifamed, Amr founded Sadra Medical, a percutaneous aortic valve replacement company, which was sold to Boston Scientific in 2011 and co-founded Embolic Protection, Inc. (EPI) which was sold to Boston Scientific in 2001. Amr has extensive R&D management experience stemming from his engineering consulting firm, Sobek Medical LLC which he sold to EPI, and from his work at CardioThoracic Systems and Guidant. Amr is either the inventor or co-inventor on >100 granted and >140 published US patent applications. He holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

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