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Business and Technical Innovations in Healthcare

February 27, 2014

The Healthcare Communications SIG Presents…



In this CommNexus Healthcare Comm. SIG event, the panelists will discuss the business and technical innovations that they are implementing in the healthcare market.  While presently outstandingly efficient companies, they are about to embark on the use of new business practices and leading edge technologies, including; mini lasers that can ‘sniff’ a person’s breath and identify different cancers (as an example; liver cancer, etc.) during wellness tests and newly defined research methods. They will also discuss mergers and investment in healthcare and which types of companies are being targeted, plus the investment criterion.

David Wellis Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, San Diego Blood Bank
David become the CEO of San Diego Blood Bank in July 2013.  The SDBB provides the Southern California region’s hospitals with a wide range of blood banking services, including its Cell Therapy Program which processes and stores cord blood, facilitating lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide.  Dr. Wellis joined the SDBB following his tenure as President of San Diego-based BioAtla, LLC, a protein therapeutics service provider. Previously, Dr. Wellis headed Product Marketing at Illumina, Inc., one of the world’s largest developers and marketers of genomic research and clinical analysis instruments. He was also previously president and CEO of San Diego-based GenVault Corporation. The company was one of the world’s leaders in bio-sample transport and banking, and was instrumental in helping medical research, agriculture, and other fields advance genomic analysis and sample preservation. Dr. Wellis began his commercial career at Axon Instruments, Inc., that developed novel instrumentation for biomedical research, diagnostic and applied markets.

Sam Crivello BS/MS
Founder and Senior Scientist
, Daylight Solutions

Founded in January 2005 Daylight Solutions is the world leader in Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) based molecular detection and imaging systems. The company pioneered the commercialization of QCLs by combining QC gain media with our patented External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser (ECqcL™) technology. The result was a robust, broadly tunable or fixed wavelength mid-infrared (mid-IR) laser source.  Serving applications in Life Sciences, Oil & Gas and a number of other important markets.    In 2010, Daylight Solutions created Daylight Defense as a wholly owned subsidiary. Prior to Daylight, Sam was a Solutions Architect at Applied Micro Circuits Corp, Applications Physicist IV at Superconducting Super Collider, Optical Engineer in Ophthalmology at Techna Vision and Aviation Fire Control Technician, Petty Officer, U. S. Navy on board USS Enterprise.

Sean Patrick
Board Member and Chair,
Life Science Committee, Tech Coast Angels
Tech Coast Angels, which invested $25M in 2013 alone, is the largest angel investor group in the United States.  Its members provide funding and guidance to more early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California than any other investment group. TCA members invest in companies in a wide range of industries, including the life sciences, biotech, IT, services, retail, Internet, financial, software, media, consumer products and tech startups.  Also a Board Member of AnaBios Corporation, Sean has twenty years of success in commercial roles spanning the matrix in Fortune corporations and as Board Member, CEO and GM in start-ups.

Alean Kirnak
, Software Partners LLC
Software Partners LLC has maintained its reputation for developing highly functional web applications since its inception in 1992. With an increasing dedication to electronic health we have evolved into leading developers of intelligent web applications that bridge gaps in healthcare by creating smarter, more efficient, and lower-cost solutions for health data information exchange. Software Partners have also been integral framers of healthcare interoperability standards.
Alex W. Robertson
Chief Executive Officer, New Avenue Solutions and
Chairman, MediAccess Solutions 
New Avenue Solutions designs, patents and sells ergonomic handles for mobile devices, particularly at this time, wheelchairs. MediAccess Solutions provides live, high quality, two way video telemedicine diagnostic systems that link the medical specialist with patients who are situated in  rural or remote hospitals and clinics.  Amongst various Board positions, Alex is also Chairman of Ecosse Business Group an executive management turn-around company specializing in assisting small and medium size companies grow globally.   In the past Alex managed the design and development  of the world’s first digital set to boxes (STB) that went into the international market. As well as a CommNexus Co-Chairman he is a  Connect Entrepreneur in Residence /Business Advisor and judges many local technical and scientific forums.

Noel Gillespie, Partner, Procopio
Nate Heintzman, Assistant Professor, Divison of Biomedical Informatics, UCSD
Clint McClellan, Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing, Qualcomm Life
Alean Kirnak, President, Software Partners LLC
Peter Pardee, VP Business Development, Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Alex Robertson, CEO, MediAccess Solutions LLC
Carlos Nunez, Chief Medical Officer, CareFusion
Evangelene Lu, Principal, Healthcare Innovations Consulting

Thursday, February 27th 2014

5:30PM: Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM: Program Begins
7:30PM: Program Ends

6450 Sequence Drive
San Diego, CA 92121

Pre-Registration: (RSVP by noon on 2/26/14)
$10.00 – CommNexus Sponsor***
$20.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE – Mentor Sponsor**
FREE – Students, Military & Press*

At the Door:
$20.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$30.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE – Mentor Sponsor
FREE – Students, Military & Press

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