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Day 1Apr 22

01:00 PM

Registration Opens

03:00 PM

Burnham Ballroom

Welcome & Opening Remarks


Peter Kleinhenz, Managing Director, CID Capital, Inc.

03:10 PM

Burnham Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Building a Strategy and Portfolio Aligned to Operational Outcomes


Mike Swinford, President and CEO, Global Services, GE Healthcare

Healthcare has always been an outcome driven industry. However, the outcome focus has been predominantly clinical. With changing market conditions and industry dynamics, never before has the additional balance of managing operational outcomes been such a critical focus for healthcare executives. Hear the perspective of GE Healthcare and the journey they have been on to invest in building out a portfolio to address this market need and deliver relevant outcomes to clients.

03:55 PM

Burnham Ballroom

Leading and Trailing Indicators for Life Science Investment in the Venture Industry


John Taylor, Head of Research, National Venture Capital Association (@nvca)

In the first quarter of 2014, there were 22 venture-backed biotech IPOs--the most ever! Two thirds of all IPOs this past quarter were life science companies. What do the statistics at both ends of the spectrum tell us about life science investing – and how does MidAmerica compare?

04:10 PM

Burnham Ballroom

Challenges and Trends in Venture Capital & Investing


Geeta Vemuri, Ph.D., M.B.A, Vice President, Head of Baxter Ventures
Margarita Chavez, Director, Ventures & Early Stage Collaborations, AbbVie Inc.
Kathleen Tune, Partner, Thomas, McNerney & Partners
Nicole J. Walker, Director, Venture Capital , Baird Capital
Bill Gantz, President, PathoCapital

The national venture capital landscape continues to change dramatically in the new healthcare economy. Listen to leading venture capitalists, investors and others experts discuss the potential for venture investing in 2014 and beyond.

04:50 PM

Burnham Ballroom


05:00 PM

Kickoff Reception

Day 2Apr 23

07:00 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

08:00 AM

Burnham Ballroom

Welcome & Opening Remarks


Kathleen Tune, Partner, Thomas, McNerney & Partners

08:10 AM

Burnham Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Healthcare Investing and Company Creation: A View from the Front Lines


James A. Rogers III, Chair, Mayo Clinic Ventures

How will venture capitalization change in healthcare? From access to thought leadership, a look at trends in investing, licensing Intellectual Property and starting companies from the Chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures. This talk includes a look at new and innovative collaborations and partnerships to help bring technologies to market.

08:55 AM

Burnham Ballroom

Panel: The Opportunities (and Challenges) in Digital Health


Kimberly Gandy, MD, Ph.D, Founder/CEO, Play-It Health (@kimberlygandy1)
Amy Len, Director, Healthbox
Julie Kling, Director of mHealth, Verizon Wireless (@Verizon)
Neil Versel, Journalist, Specializing in Health IT (@nversel)
Jack Young, Director, Qualcomm Life Fund, Qualcomm Ventures (@youngjhmb)

Digital health - and its business models - are coming of age. Promising young companies are making waves in healthcare. But that's also meant new scrutiny by everyone: from investors to the FDA. Learn about the challenges, opportunities and promising new markets in digital health.

09:40 AM

Networking Break

Sponsored by The Domann Organization.

10:10 AM


Company Showcase Presentations: Pharma & Biotech

10 pharma and biotech startups will be invited to present to the investors and others attending the MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum.

Abeona Therapeutics, Airway Therapeutics, Cell Habitats, Inc., FluGen Inc., Intuitive Biosciences, Inc., KromaTiD, Inc., LAT Pharma LLC, Magnis Therapeutics LLC, Omnis Pharma Inc., Thar Pharmaceuticals

10:10 AM


Company Showcase Presentations: Medical Device & Diagnostics

10 medical device and diagnostics startups will be invited to present to the investors and others attending the MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum. 

Advanced Cooling Therapy, Circadiance, Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc., DeNovo Sciences, Inc., Echometrix, HistoSonics, Inc., Innara Health, Ischemia Care, Isomark, LLC, Xcede Technologies

10:10 AM


Company Showcase Presentations: Digital Health & Health IT

10 digital health and health IT startups will be invited to present to the investors and others attending the MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum. 

CompassMD, Diagnovus, eLuminate Health, Healthcare Engagement Solutions, LLC, Medical Search Technologies, OpenMarkets, Optimized Care Network, Pervasive Health, Play-it Health, PUSH Wellness

10:10 AM


Special Session: Crowdfunding & The Jobs Act in Healthcare


Jeffrey Borenstein, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, MedStartr (@jeffreybo)
Veronica Combs, Editor in Chief, MedCity Media (@vmcombs)
Meghan Conroy, Founder, captureproof (@meghanconroy)
Andrew Dix, Co-Founder, Crowded Media Group (@AndrewRDix)
Scott E. McIntyre, Board of Directors, Crowdfunding Professional Association ( (@Scot_McIntyre)
Deanna Pogorelc, Reporter, MedCity News (@DeannaJour231)
Charles Luzar, Director, (@charlesluzar)

Take part in a unique 2-hour special session broadcast live on discussing opportunities with crowdfunding and The Jobs Act. The session will bring together national thought leaders together for a series of panels and conversations about approaching crowdfunding in healthcare. It will include healthcare startups that have received funding, organizers of crowdfunding outlets, plus experts, analysts and investors who will discuss the pros, cons, opportunities and approaches to make crowdfunding work in healthcare.

10:10am: Crowdvetting: A Petri Dish for Startup Success
Crowdfunding isn't just about money. A campaign can also provide an opportunity for early-stage companies to test the market, hear customer feedback and get in front of potential partners, customers and investors. We'll explore all that entrepreneurs have to gain, lose and learn from the process.

10:30am: The Four Crowdfunding Models: Which is Right for Me?
Learn about the four types of crowdfunding – donation, rewards, equity and debt – framed in a medical context. Learn the pros and cons of each model and explore what it takes to be successful with each as well.

10:50am: From Incentives to New Investors: A Crowdfunding Case Study
A health IT entrepreneur explains the nuts and bolts of her crowdfunding campaign as well as how the experience helped shape her company. captureproof just ended a MedStartr/AHA innovation project to take its HIPAA compliant platform for sharing video and photos into the cardiology market.

11:10am: Key Lessons for Crowdfunding in 2014 (and beyond)
Hear all panelists share and give feedback on the discussions of the day and give their points of view about the most important opportunities in crowdfunding.

12:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

01:15 PM

Burnham Ballroom

Fireside chat: The Analytics of Healthcare


Andrew Wang, Healthcare Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business (@andrewwang13)
Pamela Peele, Ph.D., Chief Analytics Officer, UPMC Insurance Services Division

Join us for a fireside chat with Pamela Peele, Ph.D, as she and Andrew Wang address data analytics activities, economic modeling and statistical analysis in healthcare. As we strive to improve the health and welfare of Americans, what works? Where can we improve? Questions and feedback from the audience are encouraged.

01:45 PM

Burnham Ballroom

Fireside chat: Retail Health Reinvention


Brad Fluegel, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Walgreen Co. (@Walgreens)
Bruce Japsen, Healthcare Writer, Forbes (@brucejapsen)

Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain, is pushing further into becoming a provider of healthcare services from its decades old drugstore business to having its pharmacists become more involved in actual patient care, alongside nurse practitioners and other allied health professionals. How does this fit in the expansion of health benefits under the Affordable Care Act and the move away from fee-for-service medicine? What else does Walgreens plan to expand its health business? Forbes health care columnist Bruce Japsen interviews Bradley Fluegel.

02:15 PM

Burnham Ballroom

Closing Remarks

02:30 PM

Burnham Ballroom