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The 8 Health Moonshot Principles: StartUp Health’s Blueprint for Achieving the Impossible

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It started with an impossible dream: a 25-year plan to transform global health by investing in and uniting a global army committed to achieving health moonshots.

When we launched StartUp Health at the beginning of 2011, we didn’t know the details. Heck, we didn’t even have a website. All we had was a commitment to our vision, an idea for a novel collaborative innovation model, and a belief that if the world could put a person on the Moon and deliver them safely home again — all in only 10 years — then in today’s golden era of innovation and abundance, we should be thinking more boldly about how to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. …


Fireside Chat with Dr. Jessica Mega at the StartUp Health Festival

“We grew out of Google and Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information,” said Jessica Mega, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Verily Life Sciences. “But there’s a whole sector of life science and health that has its own environment, and there was a small group thinking about what information in healthcare would we need to collect differently, organize and activate.”

Dr. Mega joined me in a discussion at the 2018 StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco, California. We began our conversation learning more about her journey as a doctorpreneur, and then dove into the healthcare and life science-based company’s moonshot, and how Verily is using next-generation tools and technologies to take on significant challenges impacting global health. …


Cyclica’s Goal to Help Scientists More Efficiently Discover Safer and More Effective Medicines

“We want to bring technology to scientists so that we can augment their decision-making on what drugs to invest their time, knowledge, and resources in,” said Naheed Kurji, ‎President & CEO, Cyclica. “Our goal as a company is not to just be one tool for one scientist, but to be that utility platform that all scientists rely on every day.”

Naheed and I chatted a bit at the StartUp Health Village in New York, NY. Naheed discussed his experience as an entrepreneur, and lessons learned of being a startup. …


“The vision for Novartis is going to be to build an inspired, empowered company that wants to re-imagine medicine,” said Vas Narasimhan, MD, CEO of Novartis. “And, as I mentioned, I think one of the big parts of that is having a sense of wonder about what we do as Novartis, but what all of you do as well.”

Vas and I had a chance to catch up and talk about his newly-appointed role as CEO of Novartis as well as his plans for the future at the StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco, CA. …


Dr. Rasu Shrestha on Creating a Perfect Mix of Innovation and Empathy at UPMC

“UPMC is a large payor/provider system. 3.5 million lives that we cover on the payor side. On the provider side, upwards of 30 plus hospitals, over 4,000 physicians, with 8,000 employees. 16 billion dollars in annual revenue,” explained Rasu Shrestha, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). “But what’s even more significant than those numbers, is the fact that we’re really integrated. This yin and yang of the payor/provider, I believe really, is a model, a template, for the future of healthcare.”

At the recent Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, California, Rasu and I took some time to discuss the innovation strategies at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and how these new technologies and capabilities are creating a newer and improved model for healthcare. …


“What we’re looking to do is give access to every individual in the world, the access to clinically proven, self healing techniques.” said Erin McCloskey, CEO & Co-founder, E=mc2 no limits…. “Our aim is to bring in these programs to places where they don’t already exist.”

I had a chance to catch up with Erin at the 2017 Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, California. We took a deeper look into the holistic approach behind E=mc2 no limits… and its lifestyle management program, “The Trifecta Core Health Initiative.”

“We can have the best nutritional and physical fitness programs in the world, but if an individual does not feel like they’re here to thrive and they feel like they’re here to just survive, then none of it’s sustainable,” said McCloskey.” “So, what we’re looking to do is give people choices. …


Digital health trends poised to transform the industry in 2018 and beyond

At StartUp Health, we work with hundreds of Health Transformers, entrepreneurs and innovators every year — from founders bootstrapping their way to success, to moonshot visionaries reshaping the future, to CEOs of the world’s largest companies trying to figure out how to keep pace with a dynamic landscape.

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It’s a unique perspective seeing in real-time what’s working in one part of the world and what’s not catching on in another.

Two years ago in a column for Forbes I shared 13 health innovation predictions that would take shape in the near-term. Twelve of those predictions have already come true. …


My Conversation With Data-ism Author Steve Lohr

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Data-ism author Steve Lohr and I talking about what big data can do for health and wellness.

Earlier this month at the StartUp Health Village in Manhattan, I had a chance to sit down with Steve Lohr, reporter at the New York Times and author of Data-ism. We discussed the growth of big data and the need for its expansion into the healthcare industry. Lohr talks about the “Cambrian explosion” of big data that has taken place over the last decade and explains why the best minds in data science are entering the health and wellness industries.

“The idea is that more and more decisions can be made based on data and analysis as opposed to gut feeling, experience, and intuition,” Lohr said. “A lot of what we call experience and intuition, at its best, is a human being processing a huge amount of data.” …


StartUp Health Insights: Digital Health Funding Rankings Q1 2017

If the first quarter of 2017 is any indication of what’s to come, 2017 is going to be another important year for digital health funding. Among this quarter’s most notable developments, the population health sector saw a large number of deals, Los Angeles emerged as a hotspot of digital health funding, and cancer detection ‘startup’ GRAIL had a record-breaking Series B further displaying the inevitable trend of ‘digital’ weaving into the fabric of every other health/healthcare sector.

  • At $2.5 billion, Q1 2017 was the biggest first quarter recorded since 2010 due to a record breaking Series B funding round. …

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Unity Stoakes

StartUp Health co-founder, on a mission to transform global health

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