In this dual podcast, we talk with leaders from the American Heart Association, Philips, UPMC, and Aphelion Capital about Cardeation Capital, a new venture fund aimed at funding start-ups in the digital health and medtech fields. How did the four entities join forces? What can they offer start-ups looking to disrupt healthcare? For more information go to aphelioncapital.net. You can also learn more about Aphelion Capital, the firm managing the fund, in this Medtech Talk Podcast. We also highlight one of its first investments, ExplORer Surgical in this Breaking Health Podcast.
American Heart Association
Nancy Brown has been chief executive officer of the American Heart Association since 2008. The association is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing, treating and defeating cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Under her leadership, the Association established the first-ever definition of “cardiovascular health” and announced its bold 2020 goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.
As the president of UPMC Enterprises and treasurer of UPMC, Tal Heppenstall is motivated and inspired by staff who work daily in digital health enterprises and translational science developing innovative technology solutions for a range of health care challenges.
UPMC Enterprises is the innovation and commercialization division of the $16 billion Pittsburgh-based integrated delivery and finance system UPMC. An extension of UPMC with a focus on its entrepreneurial spirit, Enterprises invents and invests in solutions used at the health system, pushing that technology out to other customers, all while generating revenue that feeds back into UPMC's core mission.
CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics
Dr. Carla Kriwet, Ph.D, is Executive Vice President and CEO of Connected Care and Health Informatics, and a member of the Royal Philips Executive Committee. With more than 20 years of experience in medical devices and other technology companies, Carla has a successful record of achieving ambitious targets, delivering double-digit growth and leading organizations through transformations.
As CEO of Connected Care and Health Informatics at Philips, Carla is responsible for patient monitoring and analytics, healthcare informatics, therapeutic care, and population health programs. She is also the executive sponsor for the Cardiology Solutions Business across all Philips divisions. A passionate advocate for patients and caregivers, Carla cares deeply about how digital innovation can radically change care delivery inside and outside the hospital, improving clinical and operational outcomes.
Ned has over 20 years of healthcare investing experience. Prior to forming Aphelion, Ned was a partner and managing director with Piper Jaffray Ventures where he focused on investments in emerging medical technology companies. Ned joined Piper from Janus Capital, where he was a senior research analyst covering both healthcare and internet investments. Before beginning his investment career Ned worked in sales and product management for two Fortune 500 firms.
Ned is a graduate of Colby College, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and was a post-graduate scholar at Oxford University. He has served on numerous private company boards over his career and enjoys working directly with entrepreneurs to help them build their companies in a capital efficient and less dilutive manner.
Meet Our Host
Healthegy Contributing Host Stephen Krupa is CEO of Healthedge, a software company focused on providing next-generation, business-transforming technology products to the healthcare payor market.