I attended my fist Society of Physician Entrepreneurs [SoPE] meetup yesterday in San Mateo.
It was held at the The San Mateo County Medical Association building, which was quite impressive.
I arrived early and got busy networking.
Here are some of the new connections I made:
Larry Atkins is Managing Director of The Lawrence Group. His background includes being the CEO of a $175 million NASDAQ company, directing start-ups and turnarounds, restructuring organizations and leading multiple mergers and acquisitions, raising equity and debt capital, recruiting, hiring and developing line and functional leaders.
Bethany Riebock is transitioning from speech-language pathology to User Experience (UX) and design.
After some opening remarks by chapter president Uli Chettipally, the presentations got underway.
Benjamin Wang, MD: Nevap, Inc.
Benjamin Wang, CEO of Nevap, Inc., gave the first presentation. He quickly handed the mic to two students who reported their research findings on his equipment.
NeVap is a medical device start-up company that has developed a device to prevent common Hospital Acquired Infections.
Uli Chettipally: The Promise of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Uli Chettipally went second with a presentation on AI in Healthcare.
Uli is the co-founder and CTO of CREST Network, a multi-center, collaborative network that encourages, enables, and executes research in emergency medicine.
He’s also designed, developed and implemented a region-wide clinical decision support platform to deliver real-time predictive analytics to the physicians. As a fruit of his labor, he was awarded the “Pioneer” award by Kaiser Permanente Innovations.
Robin Farmanfarmaian: Hacking Healthcare
The keynote presentation was given by Robin Farmanfarmaian.
Robin is high energy!
She is currently:
- Vice President of Invicta Medical, a Medical Device company for non-invasive sleep apnea and acute care.
- A Best Selling Author: The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer (I bought it last night on my phone).
- A Serial Entrepreneur and Speaker.
- An Angel Investor with a deep understanding of the convergence of accelerating technology and how that is impacting and disrupting medicine.
Overall it was a successful meetup and I’m looking forward to the next one.
About Society of Physician Entrepreneurs [SoPE] SF Bay Area
SoPE SF Bay Area is a not-for-profit biomedical and healthcare innovation network.
Their mission is to provide a community-based platform for biomedical and healthcare entrepreneurs to connect and collaborate.
SoPE SF Bay Area supports healthcare professionals and individuals from all backgrounds to achieve their entrepreneurial goals.
SoPE’s peer-to-peer network empowers entrepreneurs by providing the education, connections, experience and funding opportunities necessary to commercialize ideas, inventions and discoveries.
Members include: Entrepreneurs, service providers, investors , industry partners, academics and others interested in biomedical and health innovation.