We would like to thank the following excellent company coaches who assist the finalists in their pitch preparations.

Brian LangBrian Lang, CEO, Seniors In Touch | Chapter Head, Health 2.0 Houston

Brian returns this year as the head coach for AARP’s annual LivePitch competition. He is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Seniors In Touch, a family communications and elder care system serving senior living communities nationwide.

He also coordinates the coaching for SXSW V2V and for Austin’s SXSW Interactive. He is the founder of the JSC Space Health Innovation Challenge held annually at Rice University. This weekend hackathon pairs NASA researchers with MDs, computer programmers, informatics professionals, and biotech students.

In his spare time, Brian leads the Houston chapter of Health 2.0. In 2014 he will host a health innovation event with the Kauffman Foundation, work with the City of Houston on presenting innovative health companies at the annual Tech Street Houston, and will host the 5th Annual International Conference on Biomedical Ontology in Houston together with the University of Texas’ School of Biomedical Informatics.

Sivaram ArabandiSivaram Arabandi, MD, Founder, Ontopro

Sivaram is the founder of ONTOPRO and provides clinical data strategy helping organizations understand their clinical data, organize and leverage it to develop innovative solutions. His focus is on using emerging technologies including semantic web frameworks and big data solutions for interoperability and analytics. Prior to this, Sivaram was the Director for Smart Content Strategy at Elsevier and headed Clinical Terminology services overseeing the development of EMMeT or ‘Elsevier Merged Medical Taxonomy’ and its application across multiple products. He was a visiting scientist at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a co-investigator and lead for PhysioMIMI project at Case Western Reserve University, and clinical informatician and ontologist for the SemanticDB application at Cleveland Clinic in the area of Cardiac surgery. Sivaram is also involved as a scientific advisor with Emory University’s New Born Screening and Translational Research project (ONSTR), and is an executive advisor at IntAlliance Partners.

Zen Chu, Accelerated Medical Ventures, Healthcare Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MITZen_Chu-195x195

Zen Chu runs Accelerated Medical Ventures, serving as cofounder and first investor for a few medical and software companies.  As Healthcare Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MIT, Zen co-directs MIT/HST’s Healthcare Ventures graduate course and co-founded the HackingMedicine.MIT.edu program.
Zen believes that engineers will create the data, systems and products to help medicine scale to serve more patients with higher quality at lower cost.  He specializes in building early-stage medical device and healthcare information technology companies and has served as founding CEO of four healthcare companies [3D-Matrix Ltd, Curoverse Genomics, CareCliq, and EViPATH China].  Zen serves as investor and advisor to PillPack, Figure1, Careport Health, GymPact, Heartlander Surgical, and Pathfinder Cell Therapy.
Alongside four world-renowned MIT biomaterials professors, Zen co-founded and served as CEO for 3D-Matrix Medical Inc., a venture-backed MIT regenerative medicine company with a successful IPO in 2011.  3D-Matrix has wound-healing and drug-delivery products on the market and multiple human clinical trials in process.  Zen has managed and led new ventures for Harvard Medical School, Wyss Institute, NetVentures and Hewlett-Packard, where he founded the HPGarage new ventures group in Silicon Valley in 1997.
Zen earned a BS in biomedical/electrical engineering from SMU and a Masters of Public & Private Management from Yale University.  He’s married to a serial software entrepreneur and they are raising three aspiring entrepreneurs.

Dorit DonovielDorit Donoviel, Ph.D., Deputy Chief Scientist and Industry Forum Lead, The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), Assistant Professor, Center for Space Medicine and Dept. of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Donoviel oversees the portfolio of science and technology projects at NSBRI that address the challenges faced by humans in space. She also leads the Industry Forum and the SMARTCAP grant program which provides seed awards to companies developing biomedical products that can meet a need in both space and Earth-based markets.

Kim EvansKim Evans, Chairman & CEO, Emerald Economy, Chairman, TechStreet Houston

Kim is an investor, entrepreneur, author, business and talent developer. Her latest venture is Emerald Economy, a Digital Healthcare startup. She is currently wrapping up her book series Engaged Genius Guides due to be available spring of 2014. She also serves as Chairman of TechStreet Houston a non-profit committed to cultivating smart kids, citizens, businesses and communities. Additionally, As the TechStreet Houston Chair, she is a member of a consortium that is planning Houston’s 1st includes, President of Blue Lance, where she oversaw day-to-day operations and was responsible for delivering cyber security products, solutions and services that help customers avoid costly attacks and for the overall goals, strategies, and decision making that increases customer and employee engagement. Prior to assuming this role, Kim was the CEO for Secure Vantage Technology, Inc. where she was responsible for leading the product directions and business strategies. She has lead organizations to successfully execute their operations, R&D, sales, marketing, business development, acquisition and integration strategies for large and start-up companies such as Microsoft, innovation week in November 2014. Her previous experience BMC Software, Covasoft and Tidal software. Kim is committed to the wellbeing of her family and communities. She serves on several boards and organizations. Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University.

Andrea IppolitoAndrea Katherine Ippolito, Smart Scheduling, MIT’s Hacking Medicine

Andrea Ippolito is a PhD student in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, co-founder of Smart Scheduling, and co-leader of MIT’s Hacking Medicine. Recently, she served as a Product Innovation Manager at athenahealth. She also worked Boston Scientific and obtained her MEng and B.S in Biological Engineering from Cornell University.

Liz KwoElizabeth Kwo, President, New Pathway Education and Technology Group

Elizabeth Kwo has extensive experience in healthcare and is currently the President of New Pathway Education and Technology Group. She has worked for Medtronic in Switzerland and Minnesota in Sales Operations, American Well in Strategy, and evaluated companies for Third Rock Ventures. She completed a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford in 2004 and received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award before completing her Fulbright in Taiwan studying elderly care management. She competed her MD/MBA at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School.

Scott PackardScott Packard, Consultant, Mentor, MIT’s Hacking Medicine

Scott Packard is a consultant focused on the intersection of digital health/IT and conventional life sciences, helping clients with market assessment, valuation support, and positioning. Scott mentors Hacking Medicine at MIT and holds a doctorate from the Harvard-MIT HST program, following an undergraduate degree in physics from Cornell University.

Dominique PahudDominique Pahud, Director in Research and Policy, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Dominique Pahud is a director in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Pahud held several positions in Product Development and Commercial Strategy at Genentech, Inc. in San Francisco, Calif., most recently serving as International Payer Strategy Leader focusing on the Oncology portfolio. Earlier, Pahud worked in business development at Celgene Corporation in Warren, NJ, and at LedbetterStevens in New York, where he led searches for the recruitment of senior executives in the Life Science industry.

Pahud earned an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School in New York and a BS in cellular molecular biology from the University of Michigan.

Jeffery SheldonJeffery Sheldon, General Partner & Managing Director / Founder, CitareTx Investment Partners

Mr. Sheldon is the General Partner & Managing Director/Founder of CitareTx Investment Partners, a medical device venture development, investment, and management company; Managing Director of CitareTx Management LLC, the venture fund management & operating company; Chairman & CEO/Founder of two CitareTx portfolio companies: EMIT Corporation and Houston Medical Robotics, Inc.; President & CEO of Yguana Entertainment, Inc.; and Houston Technology Center Board Director. Mr. Sheldon was also the Founder/Chairman & CEO of IDev Technologies, Inc. sold to Abbott in August 2013 for $310 Million; Founder/Chairman & CEO of Nittany Polymedics, Inc; Director of Technology Development at MD Anderson Cancer Center; founder of the Technology Management Office at The University of Texas Medical Branch; and held various leadership positions at Rockwell International/Rockwell Space Operations Company. Mr. Sheldon holds a B.S. Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, with distinction, from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.