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Biology and technology are converging to change medicine. The 2021 STAT Health Tech Summit, brought attendees inside this transformation, with probing interviews, lively panels, and exciting demos. They heard from experts working at the intersection of tech and health care — at both Silicon Valley giants and upstarts just emerging from stealth — as they design the future of health.

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Thank you to the speakers and all who tuned into our second-annual STAT Health Tech Summit. Be sure to catch up with coverage from the event, and learn more about our upcoming Summit.

Speakers

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Mark Adams, Ph.D.
SPONSOR SPEAKER

Mark Adams, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Mario Aguilar
STAT MODERATOR

Mario Aguilar

Health Tech Correspondent, STAT

Toyin Ajayi, M.D.

Toyin Ajayi, M.D.

Co-founder and Chief Health Officer, Cityblock Health

Nikole Benders-Hadi, M.D.
SPONSOR SPEAKER

Nikole Benders-Hadi, M.D.

Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Doctor On Demand

Rick Berke
STAT MODERATOR

Rick Berke

Co-Founder and Executive Editor, STAT

A.G. Breitenstein, J.D.

A.G. Breitenstein, J.D.

CEO and Founder, FOLX Health

Erin Brodwin
STAT Moderator

Erin Brodwin

Health Tech Correspondent, STAT

Rachel Cohrs
STAT Moderator

Rachel Cohrs

Washington Correspondent, STAT

Francis deSouza

Francis deSouza

President & Chief Executive Officer, Illumina

Christina Farr

Christina Farr

Principal Investor, Health-Tech Lead, OMERS Ventures

Elizabeth Fowler, Ph.D., J.D.

Elizabeth Fowler, Ph.D., J.D.

Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Aashima Gupta, M.S., B.S.

Aashima Gupta, M.S., B.S.

Global Director, Healthcare Solutions, Google Cloud

Vin Gupta, M.D., M.P.A.

Vin Gupta, M.D., M.P.A.

Chief Medical Officer, COVID-19 Response, Amazon.com, Inc.

Steven Gutentag

Steven Gutentag

CEO and Co-Founder, Thirty Madison

Linda Henry
STAT MODERATOR

Linda Henry

CEO, Boston Globe Media Partners

Matthew Herper
STAT Moderator

Matthew Herper

Senior Writer, Medicine; Editorial Director of Events, STAT

Alan Karthikesalingam, M.D., Ph.D.

Alan Karthikesalingam, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Lead, Google Health UK, Google

Laura Kleiman, Ph.D.

Laura Kleiman, Ph.D.

Founder and CEO, Reboot Rx, Inc.

Annie Lamont

Annie Lamont

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Oak HC/FT

Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., M.B.A.

Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., M.B.A.

Director of the Division of Preventive Cardiology; Co-director of Mayo Clinic’s Artificial Intelligence Research in Cardiology

Peter Maercklein

Peter Maercklein

Heart Patient

Solomon Moshkevich
SPONSOR SPEAKER

Solomon Moshkevich

General Manager, Oncology, Natera

Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M.

Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M.

CEO and Co-Founder Aledade

Manoj Narayanan
SPONSOR SPEAKER

Manoj Narayanan

Chief Technology Officer, Real Chemistry

Arif Nathoo, M.D.
SPONSOR SPEAKER

Arif Nathoo, M.D.

CEO and Co-Founder, Komodo Health

Geeta Nayyar, M.D., M.B.A.

Geeta Nayyar, M.D., M.B.A.

General Manager of Healthcare and Life Sciences and Executive Medical Director, Salesforce

Katie Palmer
STAT MODERATOR

Katie Palmer

Health Tech Correspondent, STAT

Kylene Redmond

Kylene Redmond

Diabetes Patient and Advocate; Founder, Blackdiabetic Girl

TJ Parker

TJ Parker

Vice President of Pharmacy at Amazon

Iyah Romm

Iyah Romm

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cityblock Health

Casey Ross
STAT Moderator

Casey Ross

National Technology Correspondent, STAT

Jo Ann Saitta
SPONSOR SPEAKER

Jo Ann Saitta

Global Chief Digital Officer, Real Chemistry

Kevin Sayer

Kevin Sayer

President and CEO, Dexcom

Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Co-founder, Schmidt Futures; Former Executive Chairman & CEO, Google

Leslie Schrock

Leslie Schrock

Author, Investor and Entrepreneur

Deena Shakir

Deena Shakir

Partner, Lux Capital

Jim Weiss
SPONSOR SPEAKER

Jim Weiss

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Real Chemistry

Ashwini Zenooz, M.D.

Ashwini Zenooz, M.D.

President and Chief Medical Officer, Commure

Agenda

Here's what we covered - our team brought attendees inside the transformation of health care with probing interviews and lively panels featuring experts from across the industry.

May 11, 2021

1:00 p.m. ET

Welcome from STAT

5 minutes
Rick Berke, co-founder and executive editor, STAT

1:05 p.m. ET
Sponsor Speaker

Accelerating digital transformation

5 minutes
Jo Ann Saitta, global chief digital officer, Real Chemistry

1:10 p.m. ET

The future of buying medicine online

30 minutes
A.G. Breitenstein, J.D., CEO and co-founder, FOLX Health Steven Gutentag, CEO and co-founder, Thirty Madison Erin Brodwin, health tech correspondent, STAT (moderator)

Smash telemedicine together with online commerce and you get a new business model, often serving narrow, sometimes gendered, markets. Now this business must go beyond cheeky ads. What happens when buying pills on the internet grows up?

1:35 p.m. ET

A call to action for tech in maternal health

25 minutes
Christina Farr, principal investor, health-tech lead, OMERS Ventures Leslie Schrock, author, investor and entrepreneur Katie Palmer, health tech correspondent, STAT (moderator)

Drug and device developers have typically ignored pregnancy. But there is a huge opportunity for tech companies to improve the lives of new mothers.

2:00 p.m. ET
Sponsor Session

Accelerating health innovation

10 minutes
Jim Weiss, founder & chief executive officer, Real Chemistry Matthew Herper, senior writer, medicine; editorial director of events, STAT (moderator)

How can we use the lessons from Operation Warp Speed to accelerate the development of treatments for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases?

2:10 p.m. ET

Toward a new health technology ecosystem

15 minutes
Ashwini Zenooz, M.D., President and Chief Medical Officer, Commure Casey Ross, national technology correspondent, STAT (moderator)

Health care technology in the U.S, is notoriously wonky and fragmented, but a new crop of companies is seeking to build a layer of tools that will allow providers, payors, patients, and innovators to leverage data in novel, patient-centric ways. Dr. Ashwini Zenooz is among the executives leading the charge.

2:25 p.m. ET

DNA sequencing takes center stage

30 minutes
Francis deSouza, president & chief executive officer, Illumina Matthew Herper, senior writer, medicine; editorial director of events, STAT (moderator)

The ability to read the genetic code of any living thing still seems like science fiction. But it’s becoming more and more ubiquitous. DNA sequencing is playing a key role in the fight against Covid-19, and could one day detect cancer with a blood test. Illumina is the company in the eye of this technological hurricane.

2:50 p.m. ET
Sponsor Speaker

Unleashing the future of DNA diagnostics

Solomon Moshkevich, general manager, oncology, Natera

Solomon Moshkevich tells the story of the evolution of Natera's cell-free DNA technology platform -- the first and only commercially available, personalized test for residual disease detection in cancer. The approach, he says, has unique advantages in cancer monitoring and treatment and in clinical trials.

2:55 p.m. ET

Coffee break

15 minutes

3:10 p.m. ET

Tech vs. Covid-19

25 minutes
Geeta Nayyar, M.D., M.B.A., general manager of healthcare and life sciences and executive medical director, Salesforce Vin Gupta, M.D., M.P.A., chief medical officer, COVID-19 response; Amazon.com, Inc Casey Ross, national technology correspondent, STAT

How can technology help in a pandemic? What went right and wrong in the battle between big tech and a pandemic virus.

3:35 p.m. ET
Sponsor Session

How understanding T-cells could change medicine

10 minutes
Mark Adams, Ph.D., chief operating officer, Adaptive Biotechnologies Rick Berke, co-founder and executive editor, STAT (moderator)

COVID-19 put the world on notice about the importance of the immune system and its soldiers, T-cells. Now DNA sequencing and machine learning allow us to understand these key disease fighters -- and it could alter the way diseases are diagnosed and treated.

3:45 p.m. ET

Integrating AI into the doctor's office

15 minutes
Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., M.B.A., preventive cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, director of the Division of Preventive Cardiology, co-director of Mayo Clinic’s Artificial Intelligence research in Cardiology Peter Maercklein, heart patient Casey Ross, national technology correspondent, STAT (moderator)

We'll look at case studies of how artificial intelligence is already being harnessed in medicine — and explore the hurdles to its adoption.

4:00 p.m. ET

Can technology save health care?

30 minutes
Eric Schmidt, co-founder, Schmidt Futures; former executive chairman & CEO, Google Linda Henry, CEO, Boston Globe Media Partners (moderator)

Eric Schmidt, the co-founder of Schmidt Futures and former Google CEO, discusses how we can reimagine our medical system by tapping into emerging technologies and collaborating with experts across fields.

4:30 p.m. ET

Breakout sessions (Exclusive to Attendee Pass holders)

45 minutes
- Breakout session hosted by Erin Brodwin featuring A.G. Breitenstein, J.D., CEO and co-founder, FOLX Health and Demetri Karagas, Co-Founder, Thirty Madison - Breakout session hosted by Casey Ross featuring Geeta Nayyar, M.D., M.B.A., general manager of healthcare and life sciences and executive medical director, Salesforce - Breakout session hosted by Matt Herper featuring Francis deSouza, president & chief executive officer, Illumina - Breakout session hosted by Katie Palmer featuring Laura Kleiman, Ph.D., founder and CEO, Reboot Rx, Inc.

May 12, 2021

1:00 p.m. ET

Opening Remarks

5 minutes
Matthew Herper, senior writer, medicine, editorial director of events, STAT

1:05 p.m. ET

The entrepreneur behind Amazon Pharmacy

25 minutes
T.J. Parker, vice president of pharmacy at Amazon Erin Brodwin, health tech correspondent, STAT (moderator)

PillPack launched as a tech startup aimed at helping ensure people don’t miss medication doses. Now, founder and entrepreneur T.J. Parker is rethinking pharmacy inside one of tech’s biggest powerhouses. He’ll reflect on the story so far and where online pharmacy is going.

1:30 p.m. ET

Finding opportunity in forgotten patients

25 minutes
Toyin Ajayi, M.D., co-founder and chief health officer, Cityblock Health Iyah Romm, co-founder and chief executive officer, Cityblock Health Casey Ross, national technology correspondent, STAT (moderator)

CityBlock Health has become a highly valuable startup by focusing on using technology to improve the care of one of health care’s most marginalized groups: people covered by Medicaid. Its top execs will explain the opportunity.

1:55 p.m. ET
Sponsor session

Your zip code shouldn’t be a death sentence

10 minutes
Arif Nathoo, M.D., CEO and co-founder, Komodo Health Rick Berke, co-founder and executive editor, STAT (moderator)

Despite years of advances in healthcare, medical breakthroughs too often fail to make it to the patients who need them most. At-risk populations experience major gaps in care. How can we use technology and data to make sure historically underserved populations aren’t left behind?

2:05 p.m. ET

Healthcare's unseen force

15 minutes
Aashima Gupta, M.S., B.S., global director, healthcare solutions, Google Cloud Mario Aguilar, health tech correspondent, STAT (moderator)

You really don’t know the cloud at all. A close look at the computing power that is helping to run a transformation in healthcare — and the issues of privacy and bias it raises.

2:20 p.m. ET

How AI is changing medicine right now

15 minutes
Alan Karthikesalingam, M.D., Ph.D., research lead, Google Health UK, Google Casey Ross, national technology correspondent, STAT (moderator)

Machine learning could detect eye disease, catch breast cancer, or predict when hospitalized patients will deteriorate. But when will it be ready for prime time?

2:35 p.m. ET

What measuring blood sugar in real time means to patients

25 minutes
Kylene D. Redmond, diabetes patient and advocate; founder, Blackdiabetic Girl Debbie Foerster, diabetes patient and advocate Katie Palmer, health tech correspondent, STAT (moderator)

Continuous glucose monitoring, or CGM, allows diabetics to know how their blood sugar is changing. That can help them better manage their disease. A personal discussion from the frontier of technology in medicine.

3:00 p.m. ET

Coffee break

15 minutes

3:15 p.m. ET

One of health tech’s biggest success stories

20 minutes
Kevin Sayer, CEO, Dexcom Katie Palmer, health tech correspondent, STAT (moderator)

Dexcom has thrived by creating something diabetic patients desperately needed and wanted: a way to continuously monitor their blood glucose. The company’s CEO will discuss its trajectory and what’s ahead.

3:35 p.m. ET
Sponsor Speaker

The future of behavioral health in virtual care

5 minutes
Nikole Benders-Hadi, M.D., medical director of behavioral health, Doctor On Demand

Doctor On Demand will give an overview of the improved behavioral health outcomes that are possible when virtual care is fully integrated to best treat the whole person.

3:40 p.m. ET

Follow the money: What’s next in health tech

25 minutes
Annie Lamont, co-founder & managing partner, Oak HC/FT Deena Shakir, partner, Lux Capital Mario Aguilar, health tech correspondent, STAT (moderator)

Come hear from two of the most important investors in health tech to get a look at what’s next.

4:05 p.m. ET

Reimagining the business of medicine

25 minutes
Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.m., CEO and co-founder, Aledade Elizabeth Fowler, Ph.D., J.D., deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Rachel Cohrs, Washington correspondent, STAT (moderator)

Regulation and inertia make it harder for new technologies to improve the way doctors interact with patients. How can we change that in ways that will make healthcare better? Two D.C. veterans — one of whom is now an entrepreneur — will discuss.

4:30 p.m. ET
Sponsor speaker

Closing the gaps in digital health

5 minutes
Manoj Narayanan, chief technology officer, Real Chemistry

4:35 p.m. ET

Closing from STAT

5 minutes

4:40 p.m. ET

Breakout sessions (Exclusive to Attendee Pass holders)

45 minutes
- Breakout session hosted by Matthew Herper featuring Christina Farr, principal investor, health-tech lead, OMERS Ventures - Breakout session hosted by Erin Brodwin featuring Vin Gupta, M.D., M.P.A., chief medical officer, COVID-19 response; Amazon.com, Inc - Breakout session hosted by Rachel Cohrs featuring Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.m., CEO and co-founder Aledade - Breakout session hosted by Mario Aguilar featuring Deena Shakir, partner, Lux Capital

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The 2021 STAT Health Tech Summit was held virtually via a livestream.

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