Amy Belt Raimundo is Managing Director for Kaiser Permanente Ventures where she leads investments in medtech, diagnostics, healthcare information technology and digital health. Amy has a decade of venture capital experience including Vice President at both Covidien Ventures and Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV). Amy also has over a decade of operating experience across digital health, medical device and hospital systems. She was most recently the Chief Business Officer at Evidation Health and earlier in her career she was at Guidant Corporation where she led the international launch of the Xience drug eluting stent and managed product lines in the US, Europe and Asia and at APM/CSC Healthcare where she optimized clinical workflow and guidelines for major hospital systems. Amy is a Kauffman Venture Fellow and holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Amy Belt Raimundo
Deborah Kilpatrick, PhD
Deb Kilpatrick is the CEO of Evidation Health, a digital health company backed by B Capital, GE Ventures, Sanofi Ventures, Asset Management, Pappas Ventures, and Rock Health. Evidation quantifies real-world outcomes and product impact in the digital era of medicine using data from wearables, apps, and connected devices in populations at scale. Previously, Deb was Chief Commercial Officer of genomic diagnostics company CardioDx, and she formerly held multiple roles at Guidant Corporation, including Research Fellow, Director of R&D and Director of New Ventures. She chairs the Georgia Tech College of Engineering Advisory Board and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Deb has been named to FierceBiotech’s Top Women in Biotech, FierceMedicalDevice’s Top Women in Medtech, and Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 100 Women of Influence. She has BS, MS and PhD degrees in engineering from Georgia Tech.
Jacqué Ashby is an Executive Assistant, Certified Sommelier and a Volunteer Event Manager. Prior to Cutera, she spent a year at Credence MedSystems, three and a half years at Aptus Endosystems, four years at FlowCardia/BPV, five years at Kyphon, and two years at Arthrocare, where her various roles included Executive Assistant, Physician Training Coordinator, Sales Support Supervisor, and CSR. Through these various roles, a passion developed for Event Planning and Management of all meeting types, domestically and internationally: industry tradeshows, board meetings, sales meetings, incentive trips, physician advisory board, etc. Jacqué is multi-lingual, holds a BA in French with a German minor from SJSU, a Culinary Arts Diploma from PCI (now ICC California), an Intensive Sommelier Program Diploma from ICC California, a Court of Master Sommelier’s Certified Sommelier Certification, and is the recipient of the Bert Cutino Award for Culinary Excellence.
Jennifer Tipa Beedon
Jennifer Tipa Beedon leads the Marketing practice for Health+Commerce and is responsible for new business development, account management, and identifying strategic opportunities for the company’s growth. A healthcare executive and creative thinker with 20 years of operational, consulting and general management experience, Jennifer has worked with Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs alike to develop marketing strategies, evaluate business opportunities, and create winning teams. Prior to joining Health+Commerce, Jennifer ran her own marketing consulting business and has held international and domestic leadership roles in marketing, business development and manufacturing operations at Guidant Corporation (now Abbott) and 3M. She is a co-founder of MedtechWomen. Jennifer holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Amanda DePalma is the Vice President of Global Marketing at Endologix. Her responsibilities include global marketing, strategic planning, new product development, and brand management. Ms. DePalma has more than 19 years of medical device marketing and sales experience. Prior to joining us, Ms. DePalma held the position of Senior Director, Global Strategic Marketing at Edwards Lifesciences where she led the global strategy, business development and branding efforts for the Critical Care business unit. From 2005 to 2011 Ms. DePalma had positions of increasing responsibility at Kimberly-Clark Healthcare (now Halyard Health) including General Manager and Director of Global Strategic Marketing. Prior to that, Ms. DePalma held marketing positions at Guidant Corporation and Abbott Vascular. Ms. DePalma holds a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A. from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business.
Virginia L. Giddings
Virginia Giddings heads Advanced Technology & Innovation at Stryker Neurovascular, leading technology strategy and innovation to treat stroke. Previously at Abbott, she led Strategic R&D for the Nutrition division, with global responsibility for early-stage research and science partnerships. Also at Abbott, she played a key role in US approval of XIENCE V drug eluting stent and led the technical strategy for ABSORB, a novel bioabsorbable stent, resulting in first of kind CE Mark approval and EU launch. A patent agent, she had IP strategy roles with J&J and Advanced Stent Technologies. She serves on the Cornell Engineering Council, President’s Council of Cornell Women, Georgia Tech-Emory Bioengineering Board and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. She is a co-founder of MedtechWomen. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford.
Bridget has over 18 years of US and International experience in medical device product development, program management, and clinical trial operations. She recently joined Evidation Health as the VP of Clinical and Regulatory. Prior to this, Bridget was the head of clinical/regulatory for Element Science, a wearable therapeutic company focused on treatment of sudden cardiac death. Bridget has held several management roles in R&D and clinical at Abbott Vascular and Guidant. On the R&D side, Bridget played an integral role in the design and development of the XIENCE V drug-eluting stent program and the MitraClip percutaneous mitral valve repair system. On the clinical side, Bridget was based in Europe and managed the international clinical programs for coronary and endovascular devices. Bridget holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas-Austin and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Aparna Kapur is Group Marketing Manager at Stryker, with global franchise responsibility in the Neurovascular division for market-leading devices to treat stroke. She leads a team of product managers in setting franchise strategy, developing and commercializing new products, and managing the lifecycle for the largest revenue-generating franchise in the division. Aparna held previous roles in marketing and product management at Acclarent (Johnson & Johnson) and Medtronic, developing and commercializing therapies in the ENT and endovascular fields. She began her career at Guidant in product development for the coronary and endovascular divisions. She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Leslie Oley is the Head of Product at Evidation Health, where she is responsible for product vision and user growth. Evidation quantifies outcomes in the digital era of medicine by applying data analytics to medical and behavior data in connected populations – and she’s excited about the significant opportunities at the intersection of technology, outcomes-based medicine, and consumer design. Previously, Leslie was the Director of Marketing at ApniCure, where she led product strategy and marketing for a consumer sleep apnea therapy, which has been awarded IDEA and Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards. She formerly held multiple roles working on the development and commercialization of new medical therapies at Boston Scientific, Voyage Medical, and as an independent consultant. Leslie earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State, and a master’s degree in M.E. (Biomechanics) from Stanford, where she conducted NSF-funded research in cardiovascular mechanics.
Nicole has focused on communications for medtech companies since 2001, when she joined the Corporate Communications team for Guidant Corporation. In 2007, she started a medtech public relations consultancy, which became Health+Commerce in January 2017. Today Health+Commerce provides public relations, branding and digital marketing/social media support to nearly 30 clients ranging from startups to established industry leaders. She has been a member of MedtechWomen since its inception.
Laura is a marketing leader who has demonstrated capabilities from product portfolio strategy development to product launch to revenue generating product lifecycle marketing.
Laura specializes in uncovering customer needs and connecting this with the product marketing strategy to motivate the customer to action. She has led or participated in the launch of more than 24 products from cardiovascular therapeutic devices, type 2 diabetes first-in-class biopharmaceuticals, specialty oncology reference lab test services to digital health tools.
When she is not making a hullabaloo about her client’s products, she has a ball playing tennis and spending time with her family.
Former roles: diaDexus, Sequenta, Genoptix, Amylin, Guidant
UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, MBA
UC Santa Cruz, BA
Lecturer, UCSF MTM program
LaunchPad Digital Health – Advisor
California Life Sciences Association FAST Program – Mentor
Diagnostic Marketing Association 2014 – Best Brand
Jessica Richter is the Pacific Sales Manager for Medtronic GI Solutions where she leads sales and market development activities. She is passionate about patient-centric commercial advancement and specializes in driving the adoption of paradigm shifting technology. Jessica is a health care leader with experience in both medical devices and diagnostics, specializing in surgical, oncology and gastroenterology. Jessica holds a BA in Communications and Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.
Natalie Shlafman advises medical technology companies on product strategy, commercialization and marketing. Natalie was Vice President of Marketing until 2015 at CardioDx, a cardiovascular genomic diagnostics company in Redwood City, CA. She joined the company in 2006 with responsibility to build out the company’s marketing capabilities. She led product marketing, strategic and managed care marketing, communications, and market research. Prior to joining CardioDx, Natalie was in the Vascular Intervention Division of Guidant Corporation, where she worked in market development within the New Ventures unit and in product marketing within the Angioplasty Systems group. Natalie received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to her MBA, Natalie worked in the high-tech industry and held product marketing roles at LogicTier and at SGI. Natalie received her BA in psychology with a business specialization from UCLA.
With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare arena, Susan is recognized as a respected leader and expert in commercialization of new medical technologies. Joining Intersect ENT with the founding team in 2007, Susan played an instrumental role in building the company from R&D stage to a high growth public commercial business serving as VP of Marketing, Customer Service and International Sales. She is now leading the company’s transition to the pharmaceutical sector as General Manager of the SINUVA program. Susan has impacted top priority products from the aspects of marketing, sales, R&D, clinical research, and manufacturing at both start-up and large companies including many years at Guidant. Ms. Stimson holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University.