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From Journalist to HealthTech Investor: Chrissy Farr, OMERS Ventures



This week on the podcast we sat down with Chrissy Farr, a HealthTech Investor at OMERS Ventures, where she focuses on women’s health and behavioral health. In this interactive chat, Chrissy talked about her priorities for the remainder of the year, including focus areas of women’s and behavioral health, as well as her experience making the change from being a full time journalist covering the health-tech beat at major publications like CNBC and Fast Company, to a venture capitalist, and how that has impacted her view on company storytelling. She also gave the inside scoop on OMERS Ventures and how to position yourself to get on her, and the broader company’s, radar.

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The Future of Health Innovation With Microsoft’s Dr. David Rhew



This week on the podcast, we’re bringing you a conversation with Dr. David Rhew, the Chief Medical Officer & Vice President of Healthcare at Microsoft. In this interactive session, Dr. Rhew broke down Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare and explained how the broader suite of Microsoft tools – from natural language processing to using Teams for telehealth – can help healthcare startups scale more quickly. Bottom line? If a startup wants to move quickly, don’t reinvent the wheel. The infrastructure you need might already exist in the marketplace. Finally, we learned specifics on how startups can partner with Microsoft directly. This interactive Fireside Chat was hosted by StartUp Health’s Media Director Logan Plaster in front of a live audience of founders from the StartUp Health portfolio.

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These Three Startup Health Entrepreneurs Are Working to Fight Addiction and End the Opioid Epidemic



This special episode is part of our monthly Health Moonshot series. Each month we take one of StartUp Health’s 12 audacious health goals and highlight founders working to make the impossible a reality. This month we’re talking about the moonshot to End Addiction & the Opioid Crisis. Hosts Logan Plaster and India Edwards discuss three entrepreneurs from the StartUp Health portfolio who have developed incredible technology to help fight addiction. J.D. Meints, CEO and Founder of NuLife Virtual, has created a behavioral health platform that extends the benefits of a close-knit rehab community into the home. Yusuf Sherwani, MD, CEO & Co-founder of Quit Genius, has built one of the world’s first digital clinic delivering a comprehensive medication-assisted treatment program for multiple addictions. Last but not least, Sumeet Maniar, CEO & Founder of WellBrain, has developed a digital chronic pain management platform for providers.
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Gray Oncology Solutions Is Building a New Operating System for Healthcare Workflows



Most people have experienced the frustration of having to wait for a healthcare appointment because the clinic is overbooked or the lab is backed up. Inefficiencies in healthcare cost time and money and frustration, but in oncology, dealing with cancer patients, the workflows are much more complex and the stakes even higher.

That is why our guest today, André Diamant, PhD, co-founded Gray Oncology Solutions, which joined StartUp Health in 2021. André and his co-founder are building what they call an operating system for health, one that uses machine learning to line up and map out healthcare resources, so patients know what to expect and get the care they need on time.

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These Two StartUp Health Entrepreneurs Are Driving Down Healthcare Costs



This episode is part of our monthly Health Moonshot series. Last month it was all about mental health, today, we’re talking about founders and companies creating new ways to drive down healthcare costs. Ismail Badjie, CEO & Co-founder of Innovarx, has built a conglomerate of healthcare services including multiple brick and mortar stores, an e-commerce business, a global telemedicine platform, and a mobile clinical unit called, “Wellness on Wheels,” all formed to become the primary clinical service company in The Gambia. Bill Nordmark, CEO of Aver, has developed a purpose-built single instance, multitenant, HITRUST certified platform that supports payers to design and implement value-based contracts.
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Health Assurance With General Catalyst’s Chitra Nawbatt



In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, we spoke with Chitra Nawbatt, Global Head of Health Assurance and Innovation at General Catalyst. During this 60-minute chat, Chitra shared her focus on investing in companies that are transforming the healthcare industry from a “sick care” system to a resilient, proactive health assurance system. She also gave her perspective on what makes a company stand the test of time and best practices to collaborate across systems, leaders, portfolio companies, partners, and operators.

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Melissa Buckley Gets Candid on How Philanthropies Partner With Startups



In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, we sat down with Melissa Buckley, the Director of the Innovation Fund at the California Health Care Foundation, a non-profit with a unique mission and vision for how to support health innovation. In this conversation we unpack the philanthropic foundation and the unique way it invests in new ideas based on impact, strategies behind impact investing, how startups can find opportunities working with philanthropies, and how Melissa’s work in California can help us see where the market is heading next more broadly.

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Scott Powder Launches Advocate Aurora Enterprises to Build Health System Innovation Partnerships



On this episode we interview Scott Powder, president of Advocate Aurora Enterprises and former head of strategy at Advocate Aurora Health System. Advocate Aurora is rooted in the Midwest and covers 26 hospitals, 500 care sites and 75,000 employees, including 10,000 physicians. In our conversation, which was held in front of a live audience of founders from the StartUp Health portfolio, Scott breaks down the Advocate Aurora Enterprises investment thesis, and we discuss best practices for startups wanting to link arms with an enterprise health system.

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These Three Founders Are Upgrading the Mental Health Toolkit



This episode is part of our monthly Health Moonshot series. Last month it was all about brain health, today, we’re talking about founders and companies rethinking mental health and happiness. Areva Martin, CEO & Co-founder of Butterflly Health, has built a behavioral health platform that provides users with peer-to-peer support, therapist matching, access to coaching, and more. Kavi Misri, CEO & Founder of Rose Health, provides evidence-based mental health care for patients and providers on a platform built with tools and technology designed with the patient in mind. Lastly, Richard Hanbury, CEO & Founder of Sana Health, has developed a non-addictive simple mask and headphones that uses audiovisual stimulation to increase the balance between the left and right sides of the brain leading to greater relaxation.

In this episode, co-hosted by Logan Plaster and India Edwards, the three entrepreneurs break down their innovative solutions and how they’re advancing mental healthcare.

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For Victor Penev, Good Leadership Starts With a Healthy Mind



Like so many founders, Edamam CEO & Founder Victor Penev went through a phase with his first startup where he worked all day and was stressed all night. He didn’t sleep enough. He gained weight. He was unhealthy and unhappy. That led to a crisis moment that opened the door to an entirely new way of thinking. In this recent conversation, we learn how Victor embraced healthy habits – both in body and mind, and for his team – while also remaining ambitious and driven in his current startup.
Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com

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