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Discussions on Successful Partnerships

RESI Longevity is proud to highlight active investors, early-stage founders, and industry leaders advancing drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health within age-tech and the longevity market. Innovative advancements with creative applications take center stage alongside insights around how to navigate the early-stage investment ecosystem.

RESI Longevity will feature panels where active investors in the space are joined by their portfolio companies to discuss funding, partnerships, and the future of the longevity market. 

Panels

Pre-Recorded

The Future of Wearables and Older Adults 2021
This session explores the growth of the wearables market (a $111B industry) and its meaning for older adults. What is the adoption level for the 65+ population now and what innovations will matter in the future?

Mark Gray, President & CTO, Constant Companion
Mark Gray, the Founder, President and Chief Technical Officer for Constant Companion, launched the company in 2016. Having worked in cyber and physical security since 2013, Mr. Gray has been responsible for developing, managing and securing our nation’s critical infrastructure to solve problems of vital importance to the U.S. federal government. He now applies his knowledge of technology and security to serve several of our most vulnerable populations. His expertise in voice technology encompasses the use and impact in personal security, home care, healthcare, assisted living and long-term care. Mr. Gray is driven to lead transformational change – bringing together amazing people, technologies and opportunities. Over the past 20 years, he served on multiple Boards of Directors for technology and security companies. Mr. Gray has managed successful entrepreneurial ventures since his senior year in college. He is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Laurie Orlov, Aging and Health Technology Watch
Laurie M. Orlov, tech industry veteran, is the leading industry analyst about the market of technologies for older adults. Since 2005, her research reports and advice have mapped the market landscape for both established and startup firms. Her clients have included AARP, Novartis, J&J, Microsoft, Yahoo, GreatCall and Philips.

Hon Pak, MD, CMO, Samsung Electronics America
As Chief Medical Officer, Hon Pak, M.D leads the US Digital Health Strategy and Team. His focus is to leverage Samsung’s digital footprint across multiple devices and its strength in consumer experience to transform this consumer experience into patient engagement to improve outcomes. Prior to joining Samsung, Dr. Pak served as Chief Medical Officer for 3M HIS where he led the clinical economics research group, which developed content that is being used both payment and measuring outcomes for healthcare systems across the globe. He has experience in mobile health, telemedicine, and health IT in various capacity to include as a researcher, board member, CEO and CMO. He served in the US military for 26 years, and he was the Army’s first Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD). He is a past board member and past president of the American Telemedicine Association, and he currently serves on the editorial board for Telemedicine and eHealth.

Jeffrey Ray, Executive Director, Business and Technology, OMRON Healthcare
Jeffrey Ray is Executive Director of Business and Technology of OMRON Healthcare where he focuses on leading development of groundbreaking new technologies. Ray led development of HeartGuide by OMRON, the first wearable blood pressure monitor, played a key role in development of Complete, the first blood pressure monitor with built-in EKG, and is driving the launch of VitalSight, OMRON’s first remote patient monitoring service. With more than 20 years of product experience, Ray’s expertise in introducing innovative products to market is vital in advancing OMRON’s mission of Going for Zero heart attacks and strokes.

September 17 | 11 AM EDT

Medical Accountability & Adherence 
Removing Barriers Inhibiting Patients from Treatment 
Medical advancement is paramount to the health and safety of patients, but efficacy tanks when adherence is low. Seniors unable to take medication or easily access necessary information are at risk of missing out on necessary treatment. Early-stage entrepreneurs are using technology to advance systems designed to enable patients to better access their healthcare resources, including medication, providers, and treatment details. 

Brenda Irwin, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Relentless Venture Fund (Moderator)
Brenda is a former life science venture capitalist for Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). While at BDC she had personal responsibility for the management of a $100M+ healthcare portfolio including private to publicly listed organizations. Prior to launching the Relentless Venture Fund in 2018, Brenda co-founded the angel investment group Relentless Pursuit Partners with Olympian, Simon Whitfield in 2015. Brenda specializes in both assessing and top grading the investment potential of early-stage companies. She has been a Board Director for 15 private and public for-profit life sciences and biotechnology corporations. Market sectors represented within her portfolio ranged from therapeutics, biotech, medtech, health technology & wellness organizations. Brenda is committed to inspiring young women to pursue careers in science and technology. Brenda is proud to have spent nearly a decade on the non-profit Board of Directors for Take A Hike – Youth at Risk Foundation, an organization enabling at-risk youth to positively change their lives. She was also a Director on the Providence Health Care Board of Directors for six years where she also chaired their Innovation Committee.

Josh Stein, MBA, Co-Founder & President, AdhereTech
Josh Stein cofounded AdhereTech in 2011, providing the vision and business acumen to turn an idea into a thriving healthcare technology business that improves patients’ lives, and spans the complex markets of healthcare, software, enterprise sales, hardware IoT, data analysis and clinical research. As founding CEO from 2011-2019, Josh led all aspects of the business as AdhereTech built long-term partnerships with pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, investors, and patients. His team-building skills and dedication to creating better health outcomes have led to improved medication adherence for tens of thousands of people every day with the Aidia System. Josh earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Harsh Vathsangam, PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Moving Analytics
Harsh Vathsangam is the CEO of Moving Analytics. He is driven by a passion for taking technological solutions and applying them to benefit people’s lives. Prior to Moving Analytics, Harsh received his PhD from the University of Southern California working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and mobile health. He is the author of several peer-reviewed publications in machine learning and chronic disease management. He was a USC Annenberg Fellow and winner of USC PhD Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding academic research. He is also one of the inventors of iGest, an alternative communication device for children with cerebral palsy and winner of the NASCOMM award for social innovation. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Chris Wu, Senior Associate, Impact Engine
Chris is a Senior Associate at Impact Engine, a venture capital and private equity firm investing in companies driving positive impact in health equity, economic opportunity, and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Impact Engine, Chris was an engineering consultant providing structural engineering services for the design and construction of municipal water infrastructure and green buildings, including the world’s first skyscraper to earn LEED Platinum certification. Previously, Chris was the owner and head baker of a bakery. Chris holds a BS and MS in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

September 16 | 10 AM EDT

Social Isolation & Loneliness 
Enabling Seniors to Connect & Thrive in Relationships 
The effects of social isolation and loneliness brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic has been devastating to many communities. Connection and community are essential to health and wellbeing, especially for vulnerable populations, including seniors. This panel highlights not only the need to advance this area of healthcare, but the partnerships bringing people together, through powerful technology, when they need it most. 

Espen Agdestein, Partner, Idekapital
Espen is Manager of current Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen, a vast international investor within tech and industrial networks. He has managed digital transformation processes in large companies and has an entrepreneurial background in which he co-founded several companies.

Karen Dolva, Co-Founder & CEO, No Isolation
Karen Dolva is CEO and co-founder of No Isolation, a company that develops technology solutions for groups living in loneliness or social isolation. In 2019 Forbes named her one of the Top 50 women in Technology worldwide, and in 2020 she reached the BBC 100 women list. She’s an avid supporter of female entrepreneurship, and strongly encourages girls to pursue careers in tech.

Mary Furlong, Ed.D, President & CEO, Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA)
Mary Furlong, Ed.D, President and CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA), is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. Successful social and serial entrepreneur, (SeniorNet (1986), ThirdAge Media (1996), and MFA (2002)), Mary has secured over $160 million in venture financing, foundation grants, and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the longevity marketplace. Next Avenue named Mary one of its “2016 Influencers in Aging,” she is also a past winner of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Top 100 Women of Influence” award, and the author of Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace. Mary has appeared on NBC, CBS, and NPR.

Jay Goss, MBA, General Partner, Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health
Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health is a leading U.S. early-stage healthcare-focused venture fund, led and founded by healthcare executive John G. Nackel (former head of E&Y’s global healthcare practice and CEO of UnitedHealth Group’s Ingenix, now Optum) and professional early-stage CXO Jay Goss who has worked with dozens of early-stage companies in his career and understands the entrepreneurial journey extremely well.

Tom Stevens, Co-Founder & CEO, Tombot
Tom Stevens is CEO and Co-founder of Tombot, Inc. Tombot was inspired by Tom’s mother who after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia, Tom had to take away her dog for safety reasons. That heart-wrenching event launched him on a multi-year research and education journey, learning that his mother’s story is not unique: millions of seniors cannot safely or practically care for a live animal due to a health adversity. Tom co-founded Tombot in 2017 to help these people. Prior to Tombot, Tom and his two partners built ACT Litigation Services into one of the world’s leading e-discovery companies. ACT was successfully acquired in 2011 by DiscoverReady. Tom began his career with sales positions at Corona Data Systems and Novell, Inc. Tom has a Master’s of Science in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA. Married with three children, Tom attempts to play music with his vastly more talented wife, and enjoys playing golf, tennis, and coaching youth sports.

September 17 | 12 PM EDT

Designing Innovation in Assisted Living and Aging in Place
The 2020 pandemic brought about transformational changes in how we look at aging and our living environments. Keeping loved ones safe and connected became top priorities but it also unleashed design innovations for aging in place and assisted living. This panel explores the trends and future view of how our health is connected to where we live.

Ken Deering, iGuard Homes Solutions, Inc.
I’m a baby boomer “Adult Child” of an Aging in Place parent who has an iGuardStove Intelligent product connected to her oven. I bought the product after doing a search for an oven shut-off product that would enable my mother to safely remain in her home regardless of any memory issues that may develop. I joined iGuardFire based on my own experience as a customer and with a passion about scaling our US Go to Market success. I’m an experienced technology executive that is passionate about disruptive products, customers, and startups. I’ve led product launches for mobile communications ( Glenayre Communications ), software (Crystal Reports ), clean tech ( WISErg ), SaaS, and maritime GIS ( OffShore Systems). I bring over 25 years of experience in high-tech companies selling products and services in the US market to the team. I’ve also held senior management positions including VP Business Development, VP Sales, VP E-commerce, and General Manager. I Co-founded two technology companies, HomeGrocer.com, raised VC funding from Kleiner Perkins and Amazon in 1999 which went public on Nasdaq in March 2000. I’m also a Graduate of the Executive Sales & Marketing Program – Sauder School of Business of the University of British Columbia.

Jonathan Denholtz, MBA, CEO, AyaPlaces
Jonathan has spent the bulk of his career working at the intersection of digital media and education. He has held leadership positions at CNN, Electronic Arts, Creative Wonders, Teachscape and the California Academy of Sciences. He also has significant entrepreneurial experience, having founded or played a leadership role in several startups. Jonathan’s recent pivot from Ed-tech to the Longevity space is inspired largely by his personal experience with aging parents, one of whom suffered a catastrophic fall at home. He quickly recognized the enormous opportunity to help older adults (along with their adult children and caregivers) better navigate the world of products and services, and to live more fully and joyfully in the comfort of their own home. Jonathan holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders.

Mark Gray, CEO, Constant Companion
Mark Gray, the Founder, President and Chief Technical Officer for Constant Companion, launched the company in 2016. Having worked in cyber and physical security since 2013, Mr. Gray has been responsible for developing, managing and securing our nation’s critical infrastructure to solve problems of vital importance to the U.S. federal government. He now applies his knowledge of technology and security to serve several of our most vulnerable populations. His expertise in voice technology encompasses the use and impact in personal security, home care, healthcare, assisted living and long-term care. Mr. Gray is driven to lead transformational change – bringing together amazing people, technologies and opportunities. Over the past 20 years, he served on multiple Boards of Directors for technology and security companies. Mr. Gray has managed successful entrepreneurial ventures since his senior year in college. He is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Julie Halpert, Freelance Journalist & Author
Julie Halpert has been a freelance journalist for over two decades, writing for many national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and AARP. She is the co-author of Making Up With Mom, which focuses on generational differences between women and their mothers.

Sherri Snelling, Corporate Gerontologist & CEO, Caregiving Club
Sherri Snelling is founder/CEO of Caregiving Club, a strategic consulting, communications, connections and content company focused on supporting the nation’s 65 million family caregivers. She is the author of A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care and is a contributing columnist on caregiving for PBS Next Avenue, Forbes.com, Huffington Post and USA Today. Sherri has done work for AARP, Keck Medicine of USC, UnitedHealthcare, LifeCare, CareLinx, First Republic and QVC. Sherri was the chairman of the National Alliance for Caregiving and is currently a board member of the Alzheimer’s Association – Orange County chapter. She also serves as ambassador for the Caregiver Monday campaign and is a nationally sought speaker.

September 16 | 4 PM EDT

Creating Better Dementia Care and Promoting Brain Health
Despite the coronavirus crisis, surveys show more older Americans were more concerned about an Alzheimer’s diagnosis than COVID-19. The U.S. health care system is still struggling with the need for not only better therapeutics and dementia care but also understanding the importance of prevention aligned with new brain health initiatives. This panel discusses the innovation in dementia care and brain health education for health care professionals and the broader population. 

Dennis Jakubowicz, Chief Revenue Officer, Senior Care North America, EyeClick
Dennis has supported the senior living industry for over 30 years beginning with pharmacy services and evolving into executive level positions with technology solutions, 2 EHR providers (MatrixCare and Netsmart), supporting several start-up companies as an advisor, and now responsible for the introduction of Obie in North America for EyeClick.

Brooks Kenny, Executive Director, The Women’s Network, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s; General Manager, BrainGuide
Brooks serves as Executive Director of the women’s network at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and directs the organization’s consumer facing brain health education and engagement programs as the General Manager for BrainGuide, the organization’s newest initiative focusing on bringing state-of-the-art technology to consumers across the country that are worried about their or a loved one’s brain health. She is leading a team of 40+ people across diverse functions and is charged with the growth strategy for the platform through strategic partnerships and marketing initiatives. Brooks has spent her career applying marketing and business know-how to social causes and has become a national speaker on women’s brain health, Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving.

Beth Sanders, Founder & CEO, LifeBio.com & MyHello.com
Beth Sanders is the founder and CEO of LifeBio.com and MyHello.com. She earned a BA in English and journalism; she is now pursuing her masters in gerontology. Beth created the LifeBio Reminiscence Method and she is author of the biography application available online at LifeBio.com. Beth and her team are experts in agetech—pursuing new AI, machine learning, and natural language processing approaches to expedite the creation of useful biographical information. This information improves outcomes care delivery in health care settings and for older adults living at home; this evidence-informed approach results reductions in both depression and loneliness. Beth is a thought leader on the importance of true person-centered care, starting by knowing an individual holistically. Beth is also leading the rollout of MyHello, a loneliness intervention adopted by health plans to help older adults who are socially isolated, using tech-enabled phone interventions that connect people with much-needed engagement using life story work. Beth is also the principal investigator for the LifeBio Memory Project, an SBIR Phase II-funded effort to help people living with dementia and their care partners.

Sherri Snelling, Corporate Gerontologist & CEO, Caregiving Club
Sherri Snelling is founder/CEO of Caregiving Club, a strategic consulting, communications, connections and content company focused on supporting the nation’s 65 million family caregivers. She is the author of A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care and is a contributing columnist on caregiving for PBS Next Avenue, Forbes.com, Huffington Post and USA Today. Sherri has done work for AARP, Keck Medicine of USC, UnitedHealthcare, LifeCare, CareLinx, First Republic and QVC. Sherri was the chairman of the National Alliance for Caregiving and is currently a board member of the Alzheimer’s Association – Orange County chapter. She also serves as ambassador for the Caregiver Monday campaign and is a nationally sought speaker.

September 17 | 2 PM EDT

Funding and Strategic Directions with the National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has six key functional areas including coordination of awards, guidance, outreach, funding, networking and entrepreneurship with the goal of sourcing the best technologies for age-related themes. From CNS disorders to remote and home-based care, the NIA develops tools and technology to advance innovation through many current and planned funding opportunities.

Dennis Ford, CEO, Life Science Nation (LSN)
Dennis Ford is an entrepreneur, author, and frontier technologist with deep expertise in sales, marketing, and business development. He has spent most of his career involved in launching new technology-based companies. He has wide-ranging experience in hardware and software computing, middleware, data storage, networking, SaaS, data mining, data profiling, expert systems, and scaling/funding companies. Most recently, Dennis has spent the last 7 years in the early-stage life science arena creating an ecosystem to streamline fundraising for next-generation drugs, devices, diagnostics, and digital health products. Over the last 15 years, he has worked extensively with creating an active network of global investors ranging from Family Offices, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Foundations, and Endowments to large Corporate and Pharmaceutical firms interested in high-growth early-stage technologies. His expertise encompasses using database subscription services to create business solutions and using the Internet to create an interactive dialog between buyers and sellers. He is a big proponent of using data profiling and matching technology to efficiently find that all-important business fit in the marketing and selling process. Currently, Life Science Nation has the most comprehensive life science investor database in the world. Dennis has also pioneered a unique global partnering event model that matches buyers and sellers based on their specifically stated needs and declared partnering mandate initiatives garnered from one-on-one interviews and curating buyer/seller databases in a selected industry. Ford is the author of The Peddler’s Prerogative and The Fund Manager’s Marketing Manifesto, two well-received sales and marketing books. His latest book is The Life Science Executive’s Fundraising Manifesto which he turned into a two-week immersion class for scientist-entrepreneurs and fundraising CEO’s which is now offered to international government agencies to move their funded startups into the global funding arena.

Mary Furlong, Ed.D, President & CEO, Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA)
Mary Furlong, Ed.D, President and CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA), is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. Successful social and serial entrepreneur, (SeniorNet (1986), ThirdAge Media (1996), and MFA (2002)), Mary has secured over $160 million in venture financing, foundation grants, and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the longevity marketplace. Next Avenue named Mary one of its “2016 Influencers in Aging,” she is also a past winner of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Top 100 Women of Influence” award, and the author of Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace. Mary has appeared on NBC, CBS, and NPR.

Todd Haim, PhD, Chief, Office of Small Business Research (OSBR), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Dr. Todd Haim was appointed Chief of the Office of Small Business Research at National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the end of FY2018. He will oversee the development and evolution of this exciting new office with the goal of improving both the quantity and quality of the SBIR/STTR applications. His previous position was Program Director at the National Cancer Institute’s SBIR Development Center, where he evaluated and managed SBIR & STTR grants and contracts focused on the development of novel cancer therapeutics, preventative agents, and drug discovery technologies. At NCI, Todd played a key role in the planning, design, and leadership of several center initiatives, including serving as coordinator of the NCI Investor Forum, helping to implement relevant workshops, draft targeted solicitations, and facilitate external partnerships. Prior to starting in the SBIR Development Center, he was a Research Associate and Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Haim staffed the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP) and his efforts centered on follow-up activities to the 2005 “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” report related to various innovation initiatives and evaluation programs. Previously, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Pfizer in which he actively led Pfizer’s research efforts in a collaboration with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis that illustrated a mechanism for altered cardiac contractility due to excess fatty acids. Dr. Haim graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in January 2007 with a PhD in biomedical research and obtained a certificate in technology commercialization from John Hopkins’ Carey Business School in 2011. He has received several prestigious awards and honors including the 2014 NCI Leadership Development Award, a 2014 and 2017 NIH Director’s Award and the NJ Governor’s Award for Volunteerism in the Field of Health.

September 17 | 10 AM EDT

Health & Home Care 
Empowering Individuals to Access Quality Care from Home 
Quality home-based care can be a powerful tool in a patient’s recovery or ongoing wellness. Advancements designed to support and improve home care are a huge part of the age-tech industry and healthcare. Learn how entrepreneurs are partnering with investors to bring quality services from the provider to the patient at home. 

Steve Lebowitz, Senior Managing Director, HCN Ventures
Steve was part of the initial team that helped launch HCN Ventures in 2020 and has been responsible for sourcing opportunities as well as setting the strategic direction of the platform. He joined Health Care Navigator (“HCN”) in 2016 as Senior Managing Director with responsibilities for sourcing and leading investment opportunities in their core healthcare business as well as participate in the overall strategic direction of HCN portfolio companies. Prior to joining HCN, Mr. Lebowitz was a Managing Director with Barrow Street Capital LLC a sponsor of opportunistic real estate private equity funds. Mr. Lebowitz was responsible for acquisitions and asset management of firm’s complex opportunistic investments with a capitalization in excess of $2.5 billion. Prior to Barrow Street, Mr. Lebowitz served as a senior accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University.

Kim Lim, Angel Investor; Biotech Consultant
Originally from Boston, Kim brought her east coast pace and ambition to sunny San Diego’s biotech industry. Armed with a background in Bioengineering and Operations Management, she has been determined to make a difference in the healthcare industry. After a long stent in validation consulting, she was challenged to “do something about” the lab service segment in San Diego. Ultimate Labs started in 2008 and now services, not only San Diego, but also clients across the US, who have Quality Control needs with a team of seasoned biotech experts and new generation of scientists entering this exciting field! Ultimate Labs was acquired in 2019 by Infinity Laboratories and services have expanded exponentially.

Steve Moran, Founder, Senior Living Foresight (Moderator)
Steve Moran is the founder of Senior Living Foresight and is passionate about helping the senior living sector grow and flourish. While he is passionately curious about all things related to aging, he’s particularly passionate about leadership and helping individual team members live out their dreams. Because when that happens, they are able to help older people live purposeful meaningful lives.

Jaden Risner, MBA, Co-Founder & CEO, Family Proud
Jaden Risner is the CEO/Co-Founder of Family Proud, a care collaboration platform connecting patients and families to community and resources critical for their care. Jaden has a B.S. in Political Science and International Relations from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of California San Diego, Rady School of Management. Jaden is passionate about serving others and bringing together people with diverse backgrounds to serve our communities and most vulnerable populations. As a Navy Reserve Officer, his time has included seven deployments as a helicopter pilot, in support of both Search and Rescue and Special Operations.

Rose Spiegel, Co-Founder & CEO, Orah
Rose is the Co-Founder & CEO of Orah, a reimbursable quality care management solution for Home Care agencies. Orah combines caregiver-generated patient data + human clinical teams to help agencies’ care teams bring their quality care to new heights. Orah is one of 18 healthcare companies listed on Forbes Next 1000 list for up-and-coming companies and well as Medcity + AARP 50+ Innovation Leaders. Rose leverages her experience working at Google, Investment Banking, and the Israeli Knesset (Legislature) towards Orah’s success. She attended New York University and holds a BA in Social Entrepreneurship, an individualized major she designed.

September 17 | 3 PM EDT

What Angels, Seed, Venture, Corporate and Family Offices Investors Are Looking For
These investors talk about how to find the perfect funding partners – what entrepreneurs should look for and what to expect. This essential panel is a critical “how to” session for any startup company in the longevity market.

Mel Barsky, Director, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)
Mel Barsky is a Director at the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI). CABHI, led by Baycrest Health Sciences, helps innovators develop, disseminate, scale, and promote adoption of promising innovations in the aging and brain health sector. CABHI was formed as a unique private / public collaboration that raised over $124M and has levered an additional $70M+ for investing in validation testing in the brain health and longevity sector. To-date, CABHI has funded over 300 projects globally. CABHI innovators and companies have secured over $110M in follow on investments. Mel is leading the continued international growth of CABHI.

Anne DeGheest, Founder, HealthTech Capital
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Mary Furlong, Ed.D, President & CEO, Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA)
Mary Furlong, Ed.D, President and CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA), is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. Successful social and serial entrepreneur, (SeniorNet (1986), ThirdAge Media (1996), and MFA (2002)), Mary has secured over $160 million in venture financing, foundation grants, and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the longevity marketplace. Next Avenue named Mary one of its “2016 Influencers in Aging,” she is also a past winner of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Top 100 Women of Influence” award, and the author of Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace. Mary has appeared on NBC, CBS, and NPR.

Katie Schmitz, Chief Administrative Officr, Ziegle Link Age
Katie Schmitz currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Ziegler Link-Age Funds, and is a Director, and the Head of Proprietary Investments and Fund Management at Ziegler. Since joining Ziegler in 2014, she has overseen fund operations and limited partner contact, including portfolio company communications, record keeping and valuations, investor relations and reporting for the Ziegler Link-Age Funds, and five unrelated funds representing, in aggregate, a combined over $150mm in capital commitments.

Hope Walls, Investment Analyst, Nationwide Ventures
Hope Walls is an Investment Analyst at Nationwide Ventures. Prior to joining Nationwide Ventures, Hope worked in corporate finance and investments while in a leadership development program at Nationwide Insurance. Hope received her BA in Finance Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Company Spotlights


Portfolio Spotlight with Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA)
Learn about the MFA-sponsored organizations and their goals for the longevity market, how they’ve grown and who they hope to partner with.
Moderated by Mary Furlong, Ed.D, President & CEO, Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA) 


National Institute on Aging Seed Funding Overview and Portfolio Showcase
Learn about the National Institute on Aging’s seed funding opportunities and meet the companies they’ve partnered with.
Moderated by Joy Toliver, Program Analyst, Office of Small Business Research, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health