Founders & Core Team

 

Amy Belt Raimundo

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.

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

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

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 Hurley

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

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

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 Osmer

As founder of her own firm, Nicole works closely with companies and physicians to highlight innovation and leadership in the field of health care. Her targeted public relations and social media programs have brought life-transforming medical technologies to the forefront for millions of Americans. Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Nicole’s clients include Abbott, CardioKinetix, Ceterix Orthopaedics, Intersect ENT, NeoTract, Outset Medical, Pelvalon, Shockwave Medical. She was named a 2015 PR Executive of the Year by Business Intelligence Group.

Laura Parmer-Lohan

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

Affiliations:
Lecturer, UCSF MTM program
LaunchPad Digital Health – Advisor
California Life Sciences Association FAST Program – Mentor
Diagnostic Marketing Association 2014 – Best Brand

Jessica Richter

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

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.

Susan Stimson

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.

Organizing Committee

 

Katie Arnold

Katie has 20 years of experience in healthcare and has worked with a variety of medical technology companies ranging from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Katie founded and leads SPRIG Consulting, providing strategic marketing services. Katie and team work closely with clients on the entire spectrum of marketing needs: from early stage market development strategies to downstream launch execution and commercialization efforts. Prior to founding SPRIG, Katie’s career included sales and marketing management roles with Guidant Corporation and Kensey Nash Corporation. Katie holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from the University of Vermont. Katie is currently an adjunct Faculty member at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business, where she teaches medical product commercialization and financing.

Terri Burke

Terri Burke is a dynamic healthcare executive with more than 20 years of broad experience delivering exceptional results for innovative technologies in complex, worldwide markets. Her proven strategic and agile leadership to build and develop organizations, manage technical and commercial programs and deliver innovative campaigns to optimize profitability are well recognized. At Edwards Lifesciences, Terri led a cross-functional innovation program, marketing, and business development for the heart valve business.She also has prior experience in venture capital, health economics consulting and in marketing with Guidant Corporation.

Terri serves on the board of directors for the AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign in Los Angeles and for Heart-to-Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance. Terri holds a B.S. in biology from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. While at Duke, she was a member of the nationally ranked Division I Field Hockey Team.

Lauren Chauret

Ms. Chauret joined the PTV Healthcare Capital team in 2007. She serves on the investment committee and investment team evaluating and structuring new investments. She is also responsible for investor relations, finance, accounting, and compliance functions in addition to general fund administration and oversight of day-to-day operations. Ms. Chauret is an observer on the Board of Directors for Cardiva Medical and serves on the Board of Directors for the Ann Richards School Foundation, an organization focused on advancing education and empowering young women leaders. She is a member of the Private Equity Women Investor Network and the Junior League of Austin. Lauren was recognized as a 2016 Austin Under 40 Winner in the Healthcare category and as a 2015 Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power Rising Star Finalist. Ms. Chauret graduated with high honors from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.B.A. in Finance.

Liz Cumby

Liz Cumby is president of Cumby Consulting, a med-tech training and education group delivering optimal performance for staff and surgeons on emerging medical technologies. Her engaging, team-oriented style comes through clearly in her approach to training. Liz works with the company executives to understand the strategic business goals, and then, using her custom methodology, builds a relevant, innovative and targeted learning system that includes all learners and brings the team efficiently to the desired goal.

For the last ten years, Liz has developed world-class, highly scalable training systems, sometimes even starting from essentially no training programs and a brand new salesforce to building effective, engaging learning programs using various modalities (online learning, hands-on, in-person, and distance learning). Her passion is educating medical professionals by making complex material easy to digest and learn quickly to meet strategic objectives and ensure patient safety.

Julie Dye

Julie has more than 20 years experience helping companies develop communication and integrated marketing campaigns. She has specific expertise in the medical device space. Her programs have spanned product communication, issues management and market development for clients including Covidien, Bayer, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and others.

Prior to joining WCG (for the second time), she built a successful consulting practice to help organizations like Covidien, Medtronic and Ottobock.

In addition to consulting and agency experience, Julie worked for Zimmer Spine and Abbott, where she was the first PR professional for the company’s Austin-based division. While there, she developed the strategy for and implemented the division’s media relations, employee communication and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Julie received her Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

Julia Fox, PhD

Julia Fox is the Director of New Ventures for Siemens Healthineers Services, a key business area driving healthcare transformation through collaboration and incubation of digital health, education, and enterprise services. Previously, Julia held positions of increasing responsibility at Abbott Vascular across upstream marketing and R&D for coronary and endovascular products. Julia also led academic-industry collaborations at Stanford University’s Bio-X Program, a pioneering interdisciplinary biosciences institute. Julia was a Fulbright Scholar at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, and earned her BS in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Amanda French

Amanda is the co-founder of a women’s digital health company. She was a 2016-2017 Innovation Fellow at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. Amanda began her career at Edwards Lifesciences, where through the Technical Development Program she gained experience in R&D, program management, manufacturing, and marketing. She quickly caught the innovation bug, and enjoyed developing breakthrough technology as an R&D engineer with Edwards’ Advanced Technology teams as well as at Earlens. Amanda holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Duke University. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, yoga, and contemporary dance.

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie is currently leading Clinical Engineering at Element Science, a medical device company focused on developing a wearable therapeutic device for treatment of sudden cardiac death. Prior to joining Element Science, Stephanie began her career in Abbott’s Professional Development Program where she held various roles across Global Pharmaceutical Operations, Hematology and Abbott Vascular. From there, she led design and development programs within Abbott’s Structural Heart and Electrophysiology divisions where she worked on the MitraClip percutaneous mitral valve repair system and the RhythmView mapping software for cardiac arrhythmias. Stephanie holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Technology and Management from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Rebecca Lai

Rebecca Lai leads corporate growth, product, and marketing strategies at iRhythm, a digital health care company that is redefining the way cardiac arrhythmias are clinically diagnosed by combining wearable biosensor devices and cloud-based data analytics. Prior to joining iRhythm, Becky founded her own consulting practice advising executives at start-up and Fortune 500 med tech and digital health companies on portfolio planning, market development, and commercialization initiatives. Previously, Becky held sales and marketing leadership roles with increasing responsibility at Medtronic in the cardiac rhythm, patient data management and atrial fibrillation businesses, introducing over 40 products and services worldwide. Her global experience spans both developed and emerging markets, including a two-year assignment in South Africa. She holds a BSE and MSE in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ann Luk

Ann Luk leads digital marketing at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, a nonprofit that accelerates ambitious research to make cancer curable. She creates marketing programs that convert audiences into users and brand advocates. She previously led digital marketing for CardioDx, a cardiovascular genomic diagnostics company. Prior to CardioDx, she held product marketing and communications roles at McKesson Specialty Health where she promoted an oncology EHR and launched new drug and technology product lines. Ann holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Azadeh Nasibi

Azadeh Nasibi is a Director of Business Development & Strategy at Medtronic’s Brain business unit, covering Neurovascular and Brain Modulation. Her responsibilities include market opportunity analysis, target landscaping, and deal execution across the continuum of care of Brain diseases. Prior to joining Medtronic, Azadeh was a Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Life Sciences practice, specializing in Strategy and Operations, consulting for biotech and medtech clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. She holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to her MBA, Azadeh worked in the high- tech industry as an IT consultant and software engineer. She received her BS in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine.

Heather Hudnut Page

Heather Hudnut Page is the founder of HHPage Consulting, LLC, a marketing and strategy consulting group actively engaged with start-up ventures and established businesses in the medtech space.

She was most recently the Vice President of Global Marketing for the Interventional Lung Solutions business at Medtronic. In her more than 20 years at Medtronic she held various marketing and business leadership positions in pacing, cardiac surgery, cardiovascular and philanthropy.

Heather has a BA in Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. Her interests include hiking, biking and volunteering locally and globally. She currently sits of the boards of Camp Odayin, a camp for children with heart disease, and Children’s HeartLink. Heather is also actively involved in the Light of Hope School for Girls in Naivasha, Kenya and is co-chair of the Minnesota MedtechWomen organization.

Krysta Pellegrino

Krysta is Practice Leader at Health+Commerce. She has 17 years of healthcare communications experience, having worked for medical device, biotech and pharmaceutical companies large and small.  She leads the agency’s PR practice, responsible for overseeing client communications programs and mentoring and training the company’s employees.

Prior to joining H+C, Krysta was Director of Global Public Affairs for Abbott’s vision business, where she led all internal and external communications initiatives, such as media relations, social media strategy, executive communications and issues management. She spent nine years at Genentech leading external public relations for their ophthalmology and cancer franchises.  Prior to Genentech Krysta worked at Dorland Global Health Communications, a healthcare PR agency. She has also served as President, PRSA-San Francisco.

Krysta graduated with a journalism and PR degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and resides in Southern California

Kim Bridges Rodriguez

Kim Rodriguez brings nearly 20 years of medical device experience in cardiology, radiology, vascular surgery, neurology and women’s health. Kim currently serves as the President and CEO of Acessa Health Inc., a privately held company, developing minimally invasive, uterine sparing solutions for women who suffer from symptomatic fibroids. Prior to Acessa, she served at Spectranetics, as Senior Vice President of the Vascular Intervention business unit, which more than doubled US revenue under her leadership. Prior to Spectranetics, Kim has held several global vice president and management roles in sales, marketing, therapy development and general business management at companies such as Blockade Medical, Stryker Neurovascular, Concentric Medical, Johnson & Johnson, Guidant Corporation and ev3. She received her Executive MBA at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and BS in Management from Pepperdine University.

Ashley Seehusen

As a Global Group Manager Ashley is currently responsible for driving the AIS Adjunctive and ICAD Franchises for the Ischemic Stroke business at Stryker Neurovascular. She leads a team of product managers in setting franchise strategy, developing and commercializing new products and managing the life cycle for these two product portfolios.

She began her career at Boston Scientific as an Engineer and did a stretch in Project Management before she found her true calling in Marketing. After returning to her home state of California, she worked at Intuitive Surgical and then in in two different acquired Covidien businesses. First, Maya Medical in Renal Denervation and then in Barrx Medical, a device to treat Barrett’s Esophagus.

Ashley has a MBA from Babson College, a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Bristol (UK) and BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. She is an avid skier and hiker.

Anna McVittie Szafranski

As Vice President of Marketing for Medtronic’s Peripheral business, Anna is responsible for leading global marketing, partnering with functional teams and industry partners to help bring new products and solutions to life. Anna has more than 20 years of experience, with roles in increasing responsibility. Prior to assuming the position of VP of Marketing for Peripheral, Anna served as Director of Strategy and Pipeline Marketing for Peripheral at Covidien and later Medtronic after it acquired Covidien in 2015. Prior to joining Covidien, she also served in several marketing leadership roles in the Medtronic EP Systems and AF Solutions business. Before Medtronic, Anna worked in engineering and clinical at start-up companies in the California and Boston. She holds engineering degrees from Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. She is also the Minnesota Co-Chair for the MedTechWomen organization.

Beverly Tang

Bev is a passionate Biodesigner who believes that innovation is a process that can be learned, taught, and practiced on repeat. As an Advanced Technology + Innovation Manager at Stryker Neurovascular, she helps to build and implement innovation platforms and strategic partnerships and works on novel technologies to treat stroke. Prior to Stryker, Bev served as the technical lead for SeptRx, a two-person interventional cardiology start-up commercializing a new approach to PFO, a common heart defect linked to stroke and migraine. Her varied responsibilities included device design and testing, clinical trial design and implementation, physician training, fundraising, and office furniture construction. Bev was a Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellow and did a short stint at ONSET Ventures for her externship experience. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering [Cardiovascular Biomechanics] from Stanford.

Krissy Wright

Krissy Wright is currently a Corporate Development Senior Director at Medtronic where she works on the evaluation, negotiation and execution of corporate development opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, minority investments and technology licenses.

She joined Medtronic in 2010 and previously was a Finance Director before moving to Corporate Development.

Prior to joining Medtronic, Krissy began her career as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers in both audit and transaction services where she worked with a number of healthcare clients and private equity firms doing financial due diligence.

Krissy graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Accounting and has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

When not working on deals, Krissy enjoys yoga, cooking and running after her two small children.