08-09-2018 Investor Panel: Funding for Health Tech Startups

“Health technology is defined by the World Health Organization (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Health_Organization) as the “application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives.”

This includes the pharmaceuticals, devices, procedures and organizational systems used in health care.”


A distinguished panel will discuss the latest developments in health tech and funding for health tech startups.

Dr. Shubhra Jain is an investor at Cota Capital where she is responsible for sourcing, executing and analyzing healthcare investments. Cota Capital is a stage agnostic fund in San Francisco investing in healthcare, hech and fintech. Prior to Cota, Shubhra was Associate Director of Commercial Strategy and Corporate Development at Natera where she focused on biopharma partnerships, acquisitions, market research and competitive positioning. Prior to Natera, she led product management for Acute care suite of products at Pieces Technologies where she led product development and launch of SaaS risk surveillance and prediction solutions for clinical outcomes and published peer-reviewed research on the subject. Dr. Jain has served as a consultant and an advisor to several health tech startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Jain is a primary care physician by background. She holds an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University with a major in Biodesign and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Ben Levy is co-founder of Bootstrap Labs, a leading venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley focused on applied artificial intelligence. Bootstrap Labs acts as a lead investor at the early stages and provides additional capital at the growth stage. Sectors of interest include transportation, logistics, energy, cybersecurity, future of work (FoW), IoT, fintech, and health tech.

Prior to BootstrapLabs, Ben was a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built, and exited two startups in the financial technology space, Praedea Solution and InsideVenture. Ben also spent 10 years as a teechnology, media, and telecom investment banker in Silicon Valley. He advised startup founders and CxOs of Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy, financing, and acquisitions resulting in over $300M in financing and $5B in M&A transactions.

Ben is a frequent keynote and panel speaker on innovation, globalization, technology investing, entrepreneurship, and artificial intelligence in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Ravi Mistry is a leader, entrepreneur, angel investor, educator and mentor. His professional career has spanned several industries, including life sciences, technology, non-profits, and academics, in various capacities as Founder, Board Chairman/Director, President, Vice President, Sr. Director, Manager, and Adjunct Professor. He brings operational experience covering all areas of business operations, especially for start-up companies: Finance, Legal and IP, HR Management, Global Operations, and Corporate Administration. He has managed closing of Seed, Series A/B funding totaling over $35M. Ravi is Gold Medalist from Gujarat University, India with BE degree in Civil Engineering. He received his Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA in Finance from CSUEB,

Aldo Carrascoso is the Co-Founder and CEO of GlycoProX Biosciences (GPX). GPX combines next generation glycomics (carbohydrates), instrumentation (LC/MS) and deep machine learning to augment cancer diagnosis, biomarker and target discovery for the development of more efficacious therapeutics. He is also the Founder and COO/CTO of San Francisco based, Veem (formerly know as Align Commerce and the world’s largest cross border payment processor on the blockchain). Aldo has been featured on CNN, Bloomberg, ANC and The Cube for his “zero to one” work on healthcare, global finance and digital media, collectively, his ventures have created ~$500M in value for investors. He is also an angel investor and has participated in various rounds ranging from digital health to blockchain to next-gen clean tech.Aldo has an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson and and is a graduate of the Ateneo De Manila University.

About the Moderator:

Bill Ahmann is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Sheppard Mullin’s Palo Alto office.

Bill focuses on intellectual property law in the fields of wireless networks, telecommunications, computers, software, semiconductors, electronics, security, business methods, and the Internet.

Bill holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri.


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