Subject Matter Experts

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Steve Cashman    Chief Commercial Officer, InTouch Health   Steve Cashman is the Chief Commercial Officer at InTouch Health, where he is responsible for product, marketing, and sales. He grew up in a small town in Kansas and studied Electrical Engineering and Business Administration at Kansas State University. In 1998, Steve co-founded an IT services integration company, SecuriCom Inc. He was Chief Strategy Officer for Exceptional Innovation, where he led the adoption of the company’s cutting-edge software platform into the healthcare, hospitality, and energy management marketplaces. He was recently CEO and Founder of a telemedicine company HealthSpot. His vision for HealthSpot was to create value for patients, providers, health systems and their communities by reducing costs, increasing efficiencies and enabling improvements in healthcare access and quality. He is actively engaged in the business start-up community and is on the board of Stowe Mission.

Steve Cashman

Chief Commercial Officer, InTouch Health

Steve Cashman is the Chief Commercial Officer at InTouch Health, where he is responsible for product, marketing, and sales. He grew up in a small town in Kansas and studied Electrical Engineering and Business Administration at Kansas State University. In 1998, Steve co-founded an IT services integration company, SecuriCom Inc. He was Chief Strategy Officer for Exceptional Innovation, where he led the adoption of the company’s cutting-edge software platform into the healthcare, hospitality, and energy management marketplaces. He was recently CEO and Founder of a telemedicine company HealthSpot. His vision for HealthSpot was to create value for patients, providers, health systems and their communities by reducing costs, increasing efficiencies and enabling improvements in healthcare access and quality. He is actively engaged in the business start-up community and is on the board of Stowe Mission.

Andy Lombard     Executive Vice President of Innovation and Venture Development, Arizona Commerce Authority   Andy Lombard serves as Executive Vice President of Innovation and Venture Development for the Arizona Commerce Authority. Prior to joining the ACA full time, he was a Technical Advisor for entrepreneurship. As part of his passion for entrepreneurship, Mr. Lombard helped construct the ACA’s $3 million annual business plan competition, the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). Since its inception seven years ago, more than 1,200 technology start-ups have participated in the Challenge, which has resulted in approximately $20 million of invested, non-dilutive capital. He also created and has led Venture Ready, the ACA’s tech start-up mentoring program.  Prior to his work with the ACA, Mr. Lombard spent 14 years at Motorola, leading its Asia wireless business. During that time, he advanced to the director of Motorola Ventures, where he was responsible for managing a $750 million portfolio of technology investments while serving on 22 boards in six countries.  Following Motorola, he joined Silicon Valley tech company Adaptive Broadband, where he led strategy and mergers & acquisitions in a highly successful turnaround which saw the stock price increase to $205 from $6 in 24 months.  In 2000, he founded airBand Communications, a broadband wireless start-up backed by Battery Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds and Cisco, with $76 million in capital raised, building the company to a more than $400 million valuation. Mr. Lombard has founded two additional venture-backed startups during his career.  Mr. Lombard has earned several recognitions and honors for his work, including Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist; CEO of the Year – CEO World Awards 2014; Executive of the Year, Network Products Guide 2013; Selected by President George W. Bush to serve on the Presidential High-Tech CEO Forum; and Red Herring Top 10 Wireless Startups 2002 for airBand.  Mr. Lombard also volunteers extensive time to mentoring entrepreneurs, community activities and is a volunteer National Ski Patrol for Brighton Ski Resort in Utah.  Mr. Lombard has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri and a degree in Executive Management & Finance from Stanford University.

Andy Lombard

Executive Vice President of Innovation and Venture Development, Arizona Commerce Authority

Andy Lombard serves as Executive Vice President of Innovation and Venture Development for the Arizona Commerce Authority. Prior to joining the ACA full time, he was a Technical Advisor for entrepreneurship. As part of his passion for entrepreneurship, Mr. Lombard helped construct the ACA’s $3 million annual business plan competition, the Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC). Since its inception seven years ago, more than 1,200 technology start-ups have participated in the Challenge, which has resulted in approximately $20 million of invested, non-dilutive capital. He also created and has led Venture Ready, the ACA’s tech start-up mentoring program.

Prior to his work with the ACA, Mr. Lombard spent 14 years at Motorola, leading its Asia wireless business. During that time, he advanced to the director of Motorola Ventures, where he was responsible for managing a $750 million portfolio of technology investments while serving on 22 boards in six countries.

Following Motorola, he joined Silicon Valley tech company Adaptive Broadband, where he led strategy and mergers & acquisitions in a highly successful turnaround which saw the stock price increase to $205 from $6 in 24 months.

In 2000, he founded airBand Communications, a broadband wireless start-up backed by Battery Ventures, Sevin Rosen Funds and Cisco, with $76 million in capital raised, building the company to a more than $400 million valuation. Mr. Lombard has founded two additional venture-backed startups during his career.

Mr. Lombard has earned several recognitions and honors for his work, including Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist; CEO of the Year – CEO World Awards 2014; Executive of the Year, Network Products Guide 2013; Selected by President George W. Bush to serve on the Presidential High-Tech CEO Forum; and Red Herring Top 10 Wireless Startups 2002 for airBand.

Mr. Lombard also volunteers extensive time to mentoring entrepreneurs, community activities and is a volunteer National Ski Patrol for Brighton Ski Resort in Utah.

Mr. Lombard has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri and a degree in Executive Management & Finance from Stanford University.

Dianne Price     Director, Marketing and Communications   Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Dianne Price

Director, Marketing and Communications

Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

Niko Skievaski    President & Co-Founder, Redox   Niko is the President & Co-Founder of Redox, a leading interoperability platform. Prior, he worked at Epic, where he saw first hand how the need to solve interoperability is one of the biggest challenge facing healthcare today. He's the cofounder of 100state, Wisconsin's largest co-working space, and creator of Struck by Orca, healthcare's  pivotal  book on ICD-10. He has degrees in Economics from Arizona State and Boston University and lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, toddler, and mountain bike.

Niko Skievaski

President & Co-Founder, Redox

Niko is the President & Co-Founder of Redox, a leading interoperability platform. Prior, he worked at Epic, where he saw first hand how the need to solve interoperability is one of the biggest challenge facing healthcare today. He's the cofounder of 100state, Wisconsin's largest co-working space, and creator of Struck by Orca, healthcare's pivotal book on ICD-10. He has degrees in Economics from Arizona State and Boston University and lives in Boulder, CO with his wife, toddler, and mountain bike.

Cynthia Yee    Principal, Vensana Capital   Cynthia Yee is a Principal at Vensana Capital, a venture capital & growth equity investment firm dedicated to partnering with entrepreneurs who seek to transform healthcare with breakthrough innovations in medical technology. Prior to joining Vensana, she served as a Principal at Windham Venture Partners where she led the firm’s investments in Cartiva Medical (acquired), ClarVista Medical (acquired), and NeuSpera Medical, and was previously an Associate at NEA focused on investments in medical devices and healthcare services. She also gained operating experience as Director of Business Development & Strategic Marketing at Epix Therapeutics (fka Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, acquired) and medtech incubator, D3DC. Cynthia began her career in public equities, covering medical devices at Piper Jaffray and biotechnology at Pacific Growth Equities. She graduated with a BA in Integrative Biology and a BS in Business Administration at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Cynthia Yee

Principal, Vensana Capital

Cynthia Yee is a Principal at Vensana Capital, a venture capital & growth equity investment firm dedicated to partnering with entrepreneurs who seek to transform healthcare with breakthrough innovations in medical technology. Prior to joining Vensana, she served as a Principal at Windham Venture Partners where she led the firm’s investments in Cartiva Medical (acquired), ClarVista Medical (acquired), and NeuSpera Medical, and was previously an Associate at NEA focused on investments in medical devices and healthcare services. She also gained operating experience as Director of Business Development & Strategic Marketing at Epix Therapeutics (fka Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, acquired) and medtech incubator, D3DC. Cynthia began her career in public equities, covering medical devices at Piper Jaffray and biotechnology at Pacific Growth Equities. She graduated with a BA in Integrative Biology and a BS in Business Administration at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Pete Galindez, Jr., J.D., M.H.A.     Legal Counsel, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Pete Galindez, Jr., J.D., M.H.A.

Legal Counsel, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Jim McVeigh     Senior Public Affairs Specialist    Mayo Clinic   Jim McVeigh is Senior Public Affairs Specialist at Mayo Clinic focusing primarily on media relations and government relations. A graduate of Michigan State University, Jim has worked in business communications and health care in Arizona for more than 30 years. A former newspaper reporter and speech writer at the Arizona Supreme Court, he has held communications leadership positions at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Kronos Optimal Health and Healthways.

Jim McVeigh

Senior Public Affairs Specialist

Mayo Clinic

Jim McVeigh is Senior Public Affairs Specialist at Mayo Clinic focusing primarily on media relations and government relations. A graduate of Michigan State University, Jim has worked in business communications and health care in Arizona for more than 30 years. A former newspaper reporter and speech writer at the Arizona Supreme Court, he has held communications leadership positions at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Kronos Optimal Health and Healthways.

Carl Rickenbaugh   Carl Rickenbaugh is currently on the Board of Directors of four start-up medical device companies, and was formerly Vice President of Business Development (M&A) and Management Board Member at Bard's largest division, Bard Peripheral Vascular. At Bard, Carl led over $800M in acquisitions, which drove his division to over $1.5B in annual sales."

Carl Rickenbaugh

Carl Rickenbaugh is currently on the Board of Directors of four start-up medical device companies, and was formerly Vice President of Business Development (M&A) and Management Board Member at Bard's largest division, Bard Peripheral Vascular. At Bard, Carl led over $800M in acquisitions, which drove his division to over $1.5B in annual sales."

Tim Sullivan     Vice President, Cost of Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona   Tim Sullivan is Vice President, Cost of Care, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, where he leads healthcare affordability and medical cost value initiatives to provide the highest quality outcomes in the most cost effective settings to our members. With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, he has honed his expertise in healthcare technology and its benefits to delivering value to plan members.  As Vice President, Medical Economics at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tim was responsible for the strategic development and overall management of medical cost trends by market, and led the creation and tracking of cost savings initiatives that had direct impact on medical cost trends.  His experience also includes leading the creation and tracking of the medical trend management plan as Vice President of Healthcare Affordability at Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan. In this role, he implemented claims expense processes that resulted in more than $80 million in savings over five years, and led the creation of a data analytics platform and business informatics tools.  Tim also served in the United States Marine Corps and holds a Masters’ in Statistics from Cleveland State University.

Tim Sullivan

Vice President, Cost of Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Tim Sullivan is Vice President, Cost of Care, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, where he leads healthcare affordability and medical cost value initiatives to provide the highest quality outcomes in the most cost effective settings to our members. With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, he has honed his expertise in healthcare technology and its benefits to delivering value to plan members.

As Vice President, Medical Economics at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tim was responsible for the strategic development and overall management of medical cost trends by market, and led the creation and tracking of cost savings initiatives that had direct impact on medical cost trends.

His experience also includes leading the creation and tracking of the medical trend management plan as Vice President of Healthcare Affordability at Henry Ford Health System, Health Alliance Plan. In this role, he implemented claims expense processes that resulted in more than $80 million in savings over five years, and led the creation of a data analytics platform and business informatics tools.

Tim also served in the United States Marine Corps and holds a Masters’ in Statistics from Cleveland State University.


Oliver Graudejus, PhD     Founder, BMSEED

Oliver Graudejus, PhD

Founder, BMSEED

Taryn Offenbacher     Senior Communications Specialist

Taryn Offenbacher

Senior Communications Specialist

Charles Shockley    Interaction Designer  Marketing and Communications  Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development  Arizona State University

Charles Shockley

Interaction Designer

Marketing and Communications

Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development

Arizona State University

Darren Wethers, MD, CPE     Interim Corporate Medical Director of Clinical Operations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona   Darren Wethers, MD, CPE, is interim Corporate Medical Director of Clinical Operations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, where he provides clinical expertise and strategic direction to senior leadership, community leaders, providers, and plan members. Additionally, he provides leadership for the company’s Medicare Advantage products and operations team. Dr. Wethers also has served as Medical Director at Coventry Health Care, where he Chaired the Special Investigations Committee whose work resulted in two-year savings of nearly $4 million, and was the Physician Lead for the Implant Review Team that achieved $7 million in savings in two years.  Prior to joining the health insurance industry, Dr. Wethers practiced internal medicine in the Midwest for more than 20 years.  Dr. Wethers earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Northwestern University.

Darren Wethers, MD, CPE

Interim Corporate Medical Director of Clinical Operations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Darren Wethers, MD, CPE, is interim Corporate Medical Director of Clinical Operations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, where he provides clinical expertise and strategic direction to senior leadership, community leaders, providers, and plan members. Additionally, he provides leadership for the company’s Medicare Advantage products and operations team. Dr. Wethers also has served as Medical Director at Coventry Health Care, where he Chaired the Special Investigations Committee whose work resulted in two-year savings of nearly $4 million, and was the Physician Lead for the Implant Review Team that achieved $7 million in savings in two years.

Prior to joining the health insurance industry, Dr. Wethers practiced internal medicine in the Midwest for more than 20 years.

Dr. Wethers earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Northwestern University.


 

Entrepreneurs in Residence

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Robert Green, JD     President & Chief Executive Officer, EndoVantage   Robert is an accomplished entrepreneur and attorney with a unique perspective gained practicing law at a major New York law firm, founding and operating eight successful companies and leading a non-profit bioscience trade group.  He is currently President and CEO of EndoVantage, LLC, a Mayo-ASU spin-out building a virtual patient treatment center enabling clinicians to detect, analyze and monitor medical conditions, as well as plan surgery, using computational models of each patient’s anatomy. EndoVantage also works with the major medical device companies, testing their devices in its anatomical computational models, enabling real-world experience without the need for actual patients, dramatically changing the way devices are developed.  Robert is also a faculty associate at Arizona State University, helping advance ASU's entrepreneurship programs. In 2001 the University of Arizona Eller College of Management named him an Entrepreneurial Fellow, and in 2003 he received an Arizona Spirit of Success Award from then Governor Janet Napolitano. Robert is an initial member of the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee (Vice-Chair during 2004-2006) and is the past president of the Arizona BioIndustry Association. He graduated City University of New York magna cum laude and Fordham University School of Law with honors.

Robert Green, JD

President & Chief Executive Officer, EndoVantage

Robert is an accomplished entrepreneur and attorney with a unique perspective gained practicing law at a major New York law firm, founding and operating eight successful companies and leading a non-profit bioscience trade group.

He is currently President and CEO of EndoVantage, LLC, a Mayo-ASU spin-out building a virtual patient treatment center enabling clinicians to detect, analyze and monitor medical conditions, as well as plan surgery, using computational models of each patient’s anatomy. EndoVantage also works with the major medical device companies, testing their devices in its anatomical computational models, enabling real-world experience without the need for actual patients, dramatically changing the way devices are developed.

Robert is also a faculty associate at Arizona State University, helping advance ASU's entrepreneurship programs. In 2001 the University of Arizona Eller College of Management named him an Entrepreneurial Fellow, and in 2003 he received an Arizona Spirit of Success Award from then Governor Janet Napolitano. Robert is an initial member of the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee (Vice-Chair during 2004-2006) and is the past president of the Arizona BioIndustry Association. He graduated City University of New York magna cum laude and Fordham University School of Law with honors.

Gary Lauterbach     Managing Director, PURWEST INC.

Gary Lauterbach

Managing Director, PURWEST INC.

Mitch Foster     Chief Executive Officer, Mindset Medical   Mitch is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & healthcare industry. Mitch was the CEO and co-founder of Excelsius Surgical - a surgical robotics technology which integrates state-of-the-art intra-operative digital imaging with an image guided robotic surgical system, which was sold to Globus Medical (GMED) in December of 2013. Previous to Excelsius, he spent the past 24 years in the orthopedic and neurosurgery medical device industry. Mitch is currently the CEO of another new company, Mindset Medical, focused on digital health.

Mitch Foster

Chief Executive Officer, Mindset Medical

Mitch is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & healthcare industry. Mitch was the CEO and co-founder of Excelsius Surgical - a surgical robotics technology which integrates state-of-the-art intra-operative digital imaging with an image guided robotic surgical system, which was sold to Globus Medical (GMED) in December of 2013. Previous to Excelsius, he spent the past 24 years in the orthopedic and neurosurgery medical device industry. Mitch is currently the CEO of another new company, Mindset Medical, focused on digital health.

Marketta Silvera    Advisor, Business & Strategy   An accomplished visionary, entrepreneur, and chief executive in software/SaaS and Internet industries, Ms. Silvera has founded two technology companies, built a start-up to IPO and $1B market cap serving healthcare, financial, and communications businesses, led three turnarounds to innovative markets and M&A, raised $100M+ capital from venture capital sources, corporate partners, institutional investors and public markets, and developed patented technologies. She has served as Exec Chair/Founder of bioinformatics R&D venture, CEO/Director of multimedia mobile advertising turnaround, CEO/CHB of network-based cybersecurity company, President/COO of voice processing turnaround, President/CEO of voice technology manufacturer. Ms. Silvera has also been Advisor to development/expansion of early-stage healthcare, and mobile technology companies. She is a frequent speaker at media, technology, and investment banking conferences, has been featured in business and trade press, and has contributed articles to local and national publications. She holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Turku University, Finland, with thesis work in St.Gallen, Switzerland, and completed graduate studies in Mathematical Economics at Syracuse University, New York. A multilingual, dual citizen of the USA and Finland, Ms. Silvera enjoys “extreme” skiing, traveling, tennis, hiking, opera, and gourmet cooking.

Marketta Silvera

Advisor, Business & Strategy

An accomplished visionary, entrepreneur, and chief executive in software/SaaS and Internet industries, Ms. Silvera has founded two technology companies, built a start-up to IPO and $1B market cap serving healthcare, financial, and communications businesses, led three turnarounds to innovative markets and M&A, raised $100M+ capital from venture capital sources, corporate partners, institutional investors and public markets, and developed patented technologies. She has served as Exec Chair/Founder of bioinformatics R&D venture, CEO/Director of multimedia mobile advertising turnaround, CEO/CHB of network-based cybersecurity company, President/COO of voice processing turnaround, President/CEO of voice technology manufacturer. Ms. Silvera has also been Advisor to development/expansion of early-stage healthcare, and mobile technology companies. She is a frequent speaker at media, technology, and investment banking conferences, has been featured in business and trade press, and has contributed articles to local and national publications. She holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Turku University, Finland, with thesis work in St.Gallen, Switzerland, and completed graduate studies in Mathematical Economics at Syracuse University, New York. A multilingual, dual citizen of the USA and Finland, Ms. Silvera enjoys “extreme” skiing, traveling, tennis, hiking, opera, and gourmet cooking.

Patrick Mallon     Co-founder, Nanobot Biosciences

Patrick Mallon

Co-founder, Nanobot Biosciences