Thursday, June 13, 2024

Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA

12:30 p.m.

Conference Registration

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Partnering Hall

1:30 – 1:35 p.m.

Opening Remarks
Andrea Linna and James Huie, Wilson Sonsini

1:35 – 2:20 p.m.

Venture Insights: Strategic Insights for Securing Digital Health Investments
Gain insights from leading venture capitalists as they offer key strategies for digital health companies on securing funding in 2024—and discuss what to expect regarding digital health venture capital in 2025.

Moderator: Eileen Tanghal, Black Opal Ventures

Georgia Cavanaugh, SteelSky Ventures
Daniel van den Bergh, Endeavor Vision
Anarghya Vardhana, Maveron
Alice Zheng, RH Capital

2:20 – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Keynote: Leveraging Innovation to Advance Women’s Health
Join Susan Blumenthal, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Tammy Sun, Founder and CEO of Carrot Fertility, as they share their experiences and perspectives on advancing women’s health. Topics will include the White House’s Initiative on Women’s Health Research, increasing investment in the field, fostering innovation and discovery in women’s health, and expanding and leveraging relevant data collection and analysis.

Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD (ret.), Visiting Professor, MIT Media Lab, Founding Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health, former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General
Tammy Sun, Founder & CEO, Carrot Fertility

3:15 – 3:25 p.m.


3:25 – 4:10 p.m.

Digital Health for Women 2.0
Following the keynote conversation, this Digital Health for Women panel will discuss the expanding horizons of women’s health technology. The conversation will shift from traditional funding challenges to the exciting opportunities presented by digital health platforms—not only in women’s health, but also in broader applications that significantly impact women’s lives.

Moderator: Margaret Melville, Lasa Health

Jessica Karr, Coyote Ventures
Naseem Sayani, Emmeline Ventures
Claire Tomkins, Future Family

4:10 – 4:20 p.m.

Regulatory Update
Andrea Linna, Wilson Sonsini

4:20 – 4:30 p.m.


4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Leadership at the Forefront: A Dialogue with CEOs in Digital Health
Our closing panel features seasoned digital health CEOs delving into the intricacies of executive leadership. Our distinguished speakers will share their experience and discuss proven strategies regarding a range of critical topics, including setting visionary goals, leading transformative change, and building dynamic teams. The panel will also explore how to foster an innovative culture, effectively incubate new ideas, and maintain a balance among varied stakeholder expectations.

Moderator: Megan Baier, Wilson Sonsini

Sean Mehra, HealthTap
Abhinav Shashank, Innovaccer
Leah Sparks, Wildflower Health
Kristen Valdes, b.well
Steve Yaskin, Health Gorilla

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception sponsored by Citizens Private Bank

Friday, June 14, 2024

Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Women’s Networking Breakfast & Program

Moderator: Farah Gerdes, Wilson Sonsini

Allie Knauer, SparkMed Advisors
Jessica Richter, Veranex
Rita Scroggin,
Lisa Suennen, AHA Ventures

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Partnering Hall

8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Farah Gerdes and James Huie, Wilson Sonsini

8:35 – 9:15 a.m.

Medtech & Digital Health by the Numbers
Join Jonathan Norris from HSBC Innovation and Jennie Xue from Guggenheim Securities as they look back at 2023’s Medtech and digital health fundraising and M&A deals. In addition, learn how 2024 is shaping up for Medtech and digital health companies looking to access venture capital, corporate partners, and the public market. 

Jonathan Norris, HSBC Innovation
Jennie Xue, Guggenheim Partners

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Medtech Innovator Startup Showcase

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Interview with Amr Salahieh from Shifamed
David Cassak of MedTech Strategist will interview Amr Salahieh, the founding president and CEO of Shifamed. They will explore how Shifamed’s model is paving the way for the Medtech industry as a highly specialized medical innovation hub focused on developing advanced solutions that get to market faster, reduce risk, increase impact, and forge a path toward a world where all people are able to lead longer, healthier lives. They will highlight the journey of an incubated Shifamed company through development and acquisition. 

Interviewer: David Cassak, MedTech Strategist

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Early Medtech Investing
Join a group of early-stage investors as they discuss the inner workings of early-stage investments. Learn about areas of interest in typical Medtech deals, as well as the process and timing involved in closing an early-stage round. The investors will also discuss the investment landscape in today’s economic environment.

Moderator: Elton Satusky, Wilson Sonsini

Jenny Barba, Features Ventures
William Dai, ShangBay Capital
Kate Garrett, Sonder Capital
Lu Zhang, Fusion Fund

Unlocking Synergies: Exploring Strategic Partnerships in AI and Digital Health
Join industry experts as they delve into the intricacies of successful partnerships for emerging AI and digital health companies. Discover key insights, best practices, and real-world examples of how collaboration drives innovation and enhances healthcare outcomes in the Digital Age.

Moderator: Alex Key, Wilson Sonsini

David Kuraguntla, Alio
Ken Mariash, Sinaptica Therapeutics
Navdeep Tangri, Klinrisk

Compensation Considerations in a Volatile Market
In this session, we will delve into strategies for medical technology and life sciences firms to engage, retain, and inspire pivotal personnel amidst financial hurdles. Our panelists will cover various topics, including carve-out schemes and retention bonuses, strategies for addressing underwater equity such as option repricings and exchanges, methods for refreshing equity awards, and ensuring adequate severance protection.

Moderator: Michael Klippert, Wilson Sonsini

Mike Carusi, Lightstone Ventures
David Knopping, Alpine Rewards
Jody Thelander, J. Thelander Consulting

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. 


11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Interview with Steve Oesterle, Board Director of Baxter International Inc.
In an uncommon career as a world-renowned interventional cardiologist, a senior executive at the highest level of the medical device industry, and an advisor to global private equity investors and technology-driven start-ups, Steve Oesterle has earned legendary status for his insights into the intersection of medicine, technology, and industry. In this one-on-one interview, Steve will offer his perspective on the forces shaping healthcare and the medical device industry today.

Interviewer: David Cassak, MedTech Strategist

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Strategic Perspectives

Moderator: Philip Oettinger, Wilson Sonsini

Tamir Meiri, Johnson & Johnson
Babak Nemati, Strategic Intelligence
Noboru Ohrui, Terumo Corporation

Innovation Journey
Explore the essential support systems driving success in Medtech and digital health as our panelists uncover the role of incubators, accelerators, investors, and industry organizations. Gain insights into how these groups nurture innovation, fuel growth, and secure funding for start-ups. 

Moderator: Matthew Bresnahan, Wilson Sonsini

Andrew Cleeland, Fogarty Innovation
Bill Carpou, Octane
Kapil Sharma, Altitude Lab


Moderator: Jason Breen, Wilson Sonsini

Elizabeth Gasser, Tandem Diabetes Care
Rakesh Mehta, Centerview Partners  
Andrew Weiss, Sofinnova Partners

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.


2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Late-Stage Medtech Venture Capital
Gain insights from a panel of investors as they share their knowledge regarding late-stage Medtech venture capital, including the current investment landscape, investment strategies, portfolio management, and market opportunities. Learn about potential shifts in investor behavior and the impact of such shifts on financing strategies for sustainable growth.

Moderator: Brian Appel, Wilson Sonsini

Evan Caplan, Orbimed
Anthony Natale, Amzak Health
Mika Nishimura, Gilde Healthcare
Suchira Sharma, Elevage Medical Technologies

Current and Future AI Trends in Healthcare
Join industry leaders as they discuss the latest breakthroughs and forecast the future of AI in healthcare. From cutting-edge diagnostics to personalized treatments, discover the current trends in AI shaping tomorrow’s healthcare landscape.

Moderator: Hin Au, Wilson Sonsini

Amit Garg, Tau Ventures
Yaron Hadad, Beehive Software
Michael McConnell, Toku Inc.
Armen Vidian, Recode Ventures

Nervous Impulse: The Current State of the Industry
Ready yourselves for an electrifying dive into the current state of the neurotech industry, with a focus on neuromodulation and neurostimulation activity. This panel will feature leading venture capitalists and CEOs in this space sharing their perspectives on the current investment environment, investment trends, challenges, the state of the industry at present, and other important topics. Our panelists will offer insights and strategies for identifying and supporting promising neurotech start-ups from both the investor and company perspectives.

Moderator: Eric Hsu, Wilson Sonsini

Suraj Mudichintala, Action Potential VC
Michael Onuscheck, Presidio Medical
Shriram Raghunathan, Noctrix Health

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.


3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Developments in Reimbursement

Moderator: James Huie, Wilson Sonsini

Michael Beebe, ADVI Reimbursement and Health Policy Advisory Services
Joshua Makower, Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign

How IP Affects Valuation
This panel will feature investors providing valuable insights into the relevance of IP to their investments, whether IP can affect the valuation of a company, key do’s and don’ts for companies developing their IP, and best practices for companies without in-house counsel. 

Moderator: Maya Skubatch, Wilson Sonsini

Bill Hyun, Genoa Ventures 
Andrew Farquharson, InCube Ventures
Uri Greenwald, Khosla Ventures

Commercialization Strategies for Medical Device and Digital Health Companies
Join industry veterans as they share effective strategies for product commercialization, branding, and marketing, as well as insights on how to avoid common pitfalls as you gear up for a successful commercial launch.

Moderator: Christine Au-Yeung, Wilson Sonsini

Paul Grand, MTI
Sabeen Shaikh, LifeSciences Consultants
Arna Stoll, WavelyDx

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

MedTech Innovator Vision Award Competition

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Venture Capital Uncorked: Wine Tasting