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By 2020, for the first time in history, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years. Although people are living longer, they are not necessarily healthier than before – nearly a quarter of the overall global burden of death and illness is in people aged over 60, and much of this burden is attributable to long-term illness caused by diseases such as cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, heart disease, and mental and neurological disorders. This long-term burden of illness and diminished wellbeing affects patients, their families, health systems, and economies, and is increasing at a rapid pace. With the recent advances in technology, how can today’s digital health innovation best help lessen the burden of aging and help the elderly be able to keep living independently and increase their quality of life?


Kevin Perrott @kevinperrott - Chief Science Adviser at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Kevin Perrott is a cancer survivor who turned his attention from running a successful motorcycle and snowmobile business in Canada to understanding the molecular mechanisms of aging.  He obtained his degree at the University of Alberta and is currently conducting research on cellular senescence at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. In addition to holding numerous Board and Advisory positions with for-profit and non-profit entities, he is a Co-Founder of SENS Research Foundation, a Mountain View-based research entity dedicated to the development of rejuvenation biotechnologies which maintain and restore function lost to the aging process.


About the Buck Institute for Research on Aging - http://www.buckinstitute.org/

The Buck Institute is at the center of the basic research that will lead to interventions in the degenerative diseases of aging and entrepreneurs from around the Bay Area and beyond recognize the opportunities this research represents. These entrepreneurs understand the challenge of Global Aging, and the opportunities which it affords and seek to use their expertise to create an ecosystem which fosters an industry that can provide the most important resource there is, healthy lifespan. The Chief Science Adviser is responsible for taking the complex basic research and making it accessible to the successful businessmen and women of the Entrepreneur's Longevity Club to help create synergies and focus the resources of the ELC.

Stephen Johnston @sdbj - Co-founder at Aging2.0


Stephen Johnston, MBA is co-founder of Aging2.0 a global innovation platform for aging and senior care, founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy and a member of the Future Agenda, the world’s largest open foresight initiative. Stephen serves on the board of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), and Music and Memory, 501c3 nonprofits focused on improving the quality of life for older people, He is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He lives in San Francisco, CA.


About Aging2.0 -

Aging2.0 is a global organization on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world. Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports entrepreneurs through regular global events, the CoverAGE newsletter and the GENerator founders program.

Pierre Theodore @ptheodoremd - Vice President of Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson

Pierre is a Vice President of Medical Devices at Johnson and Johnson with a focus on early stage technology development. Dr. Theodore was Associate Professor of Surgery and the Van Auken Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery at The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine where he remains on the clinical faculty.


Pierre has engaged in innovation across a wide range of domains including: informatics technology, surgical oncology, and post-surgical rehabilitation.  Pierre has founded and served in leadership roles in several start-up companies devoted to health information technology and integrated care and is a co-inventor of several medical devices and drug delivery platforms.   

Pierre has served as an advisor to numerous venture capital and private equity firms in Silicon Valley, helping to guide strategy in healthcare investments across the digital health, biotech, and medical device sectors.  Pierre is a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve Medical Officer Corps, holding the rank of Commander.


About Johnson and Johnson: www.jnj.com

Caring for the world, one person at a time inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

Rebecca Woodcock @RebeccaWoodcock - Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups

Rebecca is an Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups, and runs the digital health track within their San Francisco accelerator. Previously she was the Founder and CEO of CakeHealth, a web-app that provides transparency to healthcare coverage and expenses (acquired in 2015). Woodcock was named as one of "15 Women in Tech to Watch in 2012" by Inc. Magazine, and one of the "25 Hottest Silicon Valley Startup CEOs" by Business Insider. Woodcock has spoken about consumer driven healthcare trends for Singularity University's FutureMed, Healthcare Unbound Conference, Gamification Summit, and SXSW Interactive. Woodcock's prior experience involved running quantitative and qualitative research related to consumer technology adoption, behaviors, and digital consumption.


About 500 Startups http://www.500.com/
500 Startups is a Silicon Valley venture capital seed fund & startup accelerator founded by former PayPal & Google alumni. 500 Startups has ~$200M under management, and has invested in over 1,400 companies in more than 50 countries around the world. 500 Startups runs run accelerator programs in San Francisco and Silicon Valley that emphasize design & user experience, distribution & customer acquisition, and lean startup practices & metrics. Since 2016, 500 Startups has a new digital health track with an additional demo day. 8 out of 46 of the 46 companies in Batch 18 of the accelerator focus on digital health.

Jenny Chen @radbuzz - Founder & CEO 3D Heals

Jenny is a neuroradiologist, entrepreneur, founder/CEO of 3DHEALS, a company focusing on curating healthcare 3D printing community. Her main interests include medical education, 3D printing focusing in the healthcare sector, and artificial intelligence. She is also a current adjunct clinical faculty in the radiology department at Stanford Healthcare.


About 3D Heals: http://3d-heals.com/

3D HEALS is a healthcare 3D printing innovation platform. 3D Heals aims:

  • To educate the community about the innovations and applications of healthcare 3D printing.

  • To facilitate global multidisciplinary collaborative innovations in healthcare 3D printing.

  • To help with quality control, standardization, and scaling of in healthcare 3D printing background


While 3D printing is a 30-year-old technology, its consumer applications are still at its infancy stage. Lower cost printers and materials allow for more players to get involve and identify new and interesting opportunities. This trend has received a major traction in the past couple of years and the use of 3D printers have been explored in several verticals including healthcare, where direct human benefits were witnessed by a few pioneer cases (e.g. Invisialign, hearing aids, etc.). 3D Heals welcome everyone who is actively engaged or simply interested in the application of 3D printing technology in healthcare sector to join their vibrant new global community. This includes but not limited to healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, developers, investors, designers, and regulators.

Moderator: Ran Ma

This event will be moderated by Ran Ma @RanimalMa, Co-founder and CEO of Siren, a smart textile digital health startup that has developed a temperature-sensing sock to prevent diabetic foot ulcers. Ran is a biomedical engineer (Johns Hopkins, Northwestern) with a passion for preventing disease by designing products to empower people to make informed decisions about their health.

Co-Organizers: Kevin Perrott (Buck Institute, Entrepreneur’s Longevity Club), Ville Vanhala (Brella)

Presenting Digital Health Companies:

·         Aidcube (Denmark) - Allan Murphy Bruun

·         Siren (Denmark) - Henk Jan Scholten

·         Leapcure (500 Startups) - Zachary Gobst

·         SimplifiMed (500 Startups)Chinmay Singh

·         PresidioHealth (Denmark) - Peter M. Jensen

·         Predictably Well (Norway) - Terje Norderhaug