Dr. Juergen Klenk

Dr. Juergen Klenk is a Principal in Deloitte’s Federal Health Sector. A mathematician by training, he has a deep technical expertise combined with strong business acumen and a track record of over 20 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning, business development, consulting, project management, science and technology, analytics, and research. Dr. Klenk is highly experienced entrepreneur and thought leader who has demonstrated the ability to start up, grow, and successfully establish innovative businesses in the Health sector. He has successfully led teams across a wide variety of health and science focused organizations. Throughout his career, Dr. Klenk has worked with some of the leading organizations in health care, including government health care organizations (e.g., NIH, FDA, CDC, CMS, and VA), academic medical centers, commercial health care providers, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and nonprofit organizations. For the past 15 years his work was focused on topics including precision medicine, health data integration and analysis, clinical trials support and optimization, health outcomes research, and scientific research and innovation. Dr. Klenk has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, holds multiple patents, and has been invited to present at multiple international conferences. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (Germany), and a masters degree in Mathematics and Physics from Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (Germany), as well as a Project Management Profession (PMP) certification.

    Sally Okun

    Sally Okun is the Vice President for Advocacy, Policy and Patient Safety at PatientsLikeMe, an online patient research network. She is responsible for bringing patient voice and insight to diverse advocacy and health policy discussions at the national and global level, and is the company’s liaison with government and regulatory agencies including a Research Collaboration Agreement with the FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology and co-PI for a sub-award through Scripps Translational Research Institute for the NIH All of Us Research Program’s Participant Technology Center. Sally joined PatientsLikeMe in 2008 as the manager of Health Data Integrity and Patient Safety responsible for developing the site’s medical ontology and codifying the patient reported health data into standardized terminologies. She coordinated the development of the site’s Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance Platform. Since assuming the VP position in 2013 she’s been actively involved in numerous external activities including serving as a member of the PCORI Patient Engagement Advisory Panel; the Advisory Committee for the Reagan-Udall Foundation’s Big Data for Patients (BD4P) program and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Innovation in Medical Evidence Development and Surveillance (IMEDS) program. Sally is on the Strategic Planning Task Force for the American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine, and numerous expert panels for the National Academy of Medicine, the National Quality Forum, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, The Commonwealth Fund, Center for Medical Technology Policy, National Patient Advocacy Foundation, the American College of Cardiology’s Diabetes Collaborative Registry and many others. Sally was recently named to serve on the Board of Directors for Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). Okun, a Registered Nurse and community palliative care specialist, received her Master's degree from The Heller School for Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University, she was a 2010 fellow at the National Library of Medicine Program in Biomedical Informatics and a 2014 Salzburg Global Fellow.

      John Raden

      John is a seasoned leader who invests in people first. With more than 35 years of business experience, John leads Signet Accel in its continued expansion and growing portfolio of national and international clients. Most recently senior vice president of Core Solutions, Inc., a leading electronic health records software company in Chicago, Raden’s 16 years in healthcare and technology include global leadership positions with industry organizations Netsmart, Sequest Technologies and The Echo Group.

        Vickie Buenger

        Vickie Buenger grew up in small towns in Texas and received all of her degrees from Texas A&M. She taught at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee before joining the graduate faculty of the Mays Business School with a joint appointment to the Professional Program for Biotechnology at A&M where she is a clinical professor. She teaches corporate strategy and project management. During the seven years that her daughter Erin fought neuroblastoma, the family became dedicated advocates and lobbyists for pediatric cancer research. They traveled to Washington D.C. on many occasions and cornered any legislator they could to plead the cause of young cancer patients. Since Erin’s death, Vickie’s dedication to funding a cure for childhood cancer has only grown. She has devoted her time and energy to helping to launch the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer on behalf of the many dedicated organizations striving to make a difference for children with cancer. She currently serves as president of CAC2.

          E. Brandon Garrett

          Brandon Garrett currently serves as a Managing Director in Business Development at Paladin Healthcare Capital. He works with the business development team to create marketing and business strategies to identify markets, facilitate contact, and negotiate with prospective hospitals and health systems for M&A and Management of community hospitals in urban and suburban communities nationwide. Before Paladin, Brandon spent 10 years in government, working on public policy and campaigns. He began his career as a legislative assistant for Congressman WIlliam Jefferson (LA-02). Brandon then served as the Legislative Director for Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and Policy Director for the Congressional Black Caucus under the leadership of Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05). Brandon then joined Vice President Joe Biden's team as his policy and political advisor. Finally, he served as Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02). Brandon also served as the Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and Senior Advisor for Policy and Communications for the National Minority Quality Forum. Brandon's thought leadership in Congress led to his induction as a Senior Fellow into the prestigious John C. Stennis Congressional Fellowship program, a bipartisan leadership development institute. He has won many awards for his work and serves on several boards including the National Health Disparities Conference.

            Brent Gendleman

            With 20 years of experience serving customers by listening to and articulating their needs in the software development industry, including the last 15 serving the biomedical community, he has focused on providing a range of services that enable secure, web-based collaboration across a global network of users and systems. He has managed large software development teams executing across all phases of the software life cycle and consistently has been able to tie business objectives into useful and used software applications. His passion is finding the opportunities where software can effectively close the information gap between life science discovery and the practical impact on human health. His mission is to drive 5AM's growth, value, capabilities and delivery of technology that meet the business needs of the life science market and efficiently improve its results. • Founded start up in Phoenix; grew to 50+ employees and $14m+ in software services revenue • Transformed the company from 85% government business to 85% commercial business over 3 years • Bootstrapped, designed and launched several products in the web and mobile markets. • Formed strategic alliances, partners and ventures with international companies focused on precision medicine • Secured business across healthcare and research entities including the NCI, HHS, ONC, NICHD, American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Pfizer, MedImmune, Janssen, Thermo-Fisher, Bio-Rad, and startups like Cure Forward.

              Rebecca Kaul

              Rebecca Kaul is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of MD Anderson Cancer Center, the world’s premier cancer center. She is building an Innovation Center to identify creative and effective approaches for delivering the best possible patient outcomes and bringing these solutions to market. She is collaborating with internal innovators while establishing strategic relationships with startups and industry to accelerate value generation and commercialization. Previously, Rebecca served as Chief Innovation Officer and President of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Technology Development Center where she built the Innovation Center from the ground up to a level of national recognition and developed a portfolio of partnerships, investments and new companies. Prior to starting the Innovation Center at UPMC, Rebecca led a UPMC joint venture which yielded a 100% return on investment in 18 months when UPMC sold its interest. Rebecca has a Master of Business Administration from New York University. She also earned multiple degrees from Carnegie Mellon University: Master of Information Systems Management, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineer and Engineering and Public Policy.

                Jessica Autrey

                Jessica Autrey joined AT&T in June 2016. She coordinates business development opportunities related to the Foundry for Connected Health. She has a passion for working in interdisciplinary groups to address unique healthcare challenges. Prior to working at AT&T, Jessica's experience was as a mHealth Analyst, completing statistical analysis on public health projects, and as a researcher on women’s health issues. Jessica completed her MPH at Boston University, with a dual concentration in Global Health and Biostatistics, and her B.S. from the University of Alabama in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a double minor in Biology and Liberal Arts.

                  Judi Manis

                  Judi Manis is the Regional Vice President of Healthcare Strategic Relations and Business Development in AT&T's Internet of Things Healthcare Group. Judi is leading the business development efforts associated with the new AT&T Connected Health Foundry and she leads a team that is focused on the commercialization of health innovations, utilizing AT&T’s vast product portfolio. Additionally, Judi and her team are responsible for cultivating strategic relations within the healthcare industry for potential collaboration opportunities. She brings to her role a wealth of knowledge, having held a variety of leadership positions in the healthcare, mobility, entertainment and financial services vertical markets within AT&T. A native Californian, Judi earned her BA degree in Marketing/Business from California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.

                    Matt Kozlov

                    Matt is the Managing Director of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator powered by Techstars. Matt was most recently the Head of Corporate Development at Telesign, a leading antifraud firm and one of LA’s fastest growing technology companies. Previously he was CEO of Moonshark, a venture backed by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Qualcomm bringing to market original mobile entertainment. He has also worked at Sony Music Entertainment (VP, Web & Mobile Products), Yahoo! (corporate strategy, product development) and Bain and Company (management consulting). He graduated from Harvard, where he studied economics. Matt is an advisor to several LA-based companies including Chromatik, Vyng, Rattleback Rye, and Alpha Edison. He was named one of Fast Company’s 27 leading characters in Hollywood’s Digital landscape.

                      Dr. TJ Bowen, PhD

                      TJ is a cancer geneticist by training with a Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego and now works at Fuse, Cardinal Health's Innovation Center. At Fuse, TJ works with internal and external partners and collaborators to solve complex problems in oncology and healthcare at large. Their goal is to build tech businesses and products that make the healthcare ecosystem a better place for all of us. TJ has spent the past 15 years in cancer research, building products to improve healthcare, and advising biopharma, medical device and healthcare companies around the globe on strategic initiatives. TJ has worked both independently and with L.E.K. Consulting as a strategic advisor before his current role with Cardinal Health. He has also led technology businesses with large scale data analytics platforms and believes gaining empathy for the customer via design thinking is the best way to work. He is a California native, but currently lives in Worthington, Ohio with his three boys and his wife Christy.

                        Jonathan Hirsch

                        Jonathan Hirsch is the Founder and President of Syapse, enabling the transformation of healthcare through precision medicine. At Syapse, Jonathan works closely with healthcare providers, creating software that integrates complex genomic and clinical data to provide physicians with actionable insights at point of care. Jonathan is the Chair of the Data Committee for GBM AGILE, a global initiative to find a cure for brain cancer, a member of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health Clinical Working Group, and a member of the UCSF Technology Advisory Group. Earlier in his career, Jonathan worked in Neuroscience Commercial Development at Abbott Laboratories, where he developed strategies to fund drug development through partnerships and private equity financing. His research at the Center for Molecular Neurobiology at the University of Chicago helped establish the effect of exercise on promoting hippocampal neurogenesis and combating Alzheimer’s disease. Jonathan received an M.Sci. in Neuroscience from Stanford University, and an A.B. in Biology and Political Philosophy from the University of Chicago.

                          Dr. Thomas Tsang MD, MPH

                          Dr. Tsang currently serves as CEO of Valera Health, a newly funded behavioral healthcare start up aimed at leveraging digital technology and analytics to integrate behavioral wellness with primary care. He was the former Chief Medical Officer at Healthcare Services and Solutions, a Merck wholly-owned subsidiary focused on evidenced based solutions. In this role, he is responsible for driving value creation across the healthcare ecosystem for broad stakeholders from health IT assets, as well as strategic acquisitions/partnerships. He pursued a combined BS/M.D. from the CUNY/ SUNY StonyBrook University School of Medicine, an MPH from Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Primary Internal Medicine Residency Program at Montefiore Medical Center. He led the development of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and quality provisions in the Affordable Care Act as a Ways and Means health policy fellow. Dr. Tsang also contributed to the development of ACO regulations along with the development of a national framework for the use of health information technology and electronic health records to improve coordination and quality as Medical Director at the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT. Currently he lectures at Cornell's graduate program for Health IT.