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San Diego: The Heart of Digital Health Innovation

April 22, 2014


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San Diego: The Heart of Digital Health Innovation

Serving as the epicenter of the convergence of digital technologies and life sciences, San Diego has solidified its role as the global leader in digital health. With some of the leading companies in genomics, wireless telecommunications & biotech, the world’s leading research institutes like Scripps, Salk & Sanford-Burnham, and some of the brightest minds in digital health such as Craig Venter, Dr. Eric Topol and Don Jones, San Diego has truly become the place to launch and scale a digital health business. Join CommNexus and Qualcomm Life to hear the latest on the digital health industry, learn about the resources available in San Diego, connect with mHealth visionaries and listen to local digital health executives speak on how they are building their businesses in The Heart of Digital Health Innovation.


Dr.Topol Dr. Eric Topol Cardiologist and Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute  

Scripps Health Chief Academic Officer, Eric Topol, MD, is a practicing cardiologist with Scripps Clinic and a pioneer in the field of cardiovascular medicine. In his productive career as a physician-scientist, he has built an international reputation for his ground-breaking research and expertise. Of special interest to Dr. Topol are genomics, wireless sensors, preventive cardiology (including heart attack prevention), coronary artery disease and preventive medicine. The research that Dr. Topol has done on genomic and wireless digital technologies continues to reshape the future of medicine. Despite his in-depth research focus, he continues to see patients at Scripps Clinic, as he believes that research is only as good as what it can do to help others. Dr. Topol’s philosophy of care is based on the belief that patients should be fully empowered. He ensures this by sharing information completely and building a partnership with his patients.
RobertDouglas Robert Douglas President and Chief Operating Officer, ResMed

Mr. Douglas added president to his role of chief operating officer in March 2013 and together with ResMed chief executive officer, Mick Farrell, holds full operational responsibility for ResMed and its subsidiaries. Mr. Douglas has served as chief operating officer since September 2011, and his former roles with the Company include president – Asia Pacific and chief, global supply operations from May 2011 through September 2011, responsible for global manufacturing and commercial distribution and sales operations in the Asia Pacific region; chief operating officer – Asia Pacific from June 2008 through May 2011; chief operating officer – Sydney from November 2005 through June 2008, responsible for the Company’s manufacturing and research and development; vice president of operations from 2003 – 2005, responsible for the Company’s manufacturing; and vice president of respiratory and cardiac business from 2002 – 2003. Mr. Douglas first joined the Company in 2001 in the role of vice president of corporate marketing. Mr. Douglas has a master of business administration from Macquarie University, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with first-class honors and a B.Sc. (computer sciences) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Dr.KevinPatrick Dr. Kevin Patrick, MD, MS Professor- Preventive Medicine, University of California, SD Director- Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, Qualcomm Institute/Calit2

Kevin Patrick, MD, MS is Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and Director of the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at the Qualcomm Institute/Calit2. He is Director of the Health Data Exploration project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Senior Advisor to RWJF’s Active Living Research Program. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine for 20 years (1994-2013), and has served on the Secretary’s Council for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Armed Forces Epidemiology Board. His research, supported by the NIH, NSF, CDC, RWJF and several private entities, explores how to use mobile, home and social technologies to measure and improve the health of individuals and populations. Dr. Patrick is Co-Founder of Santech, Inc., a San Diego based company specializing in evidence-based behavioral science approaches to mobile health.

Don Jones Vice President, Global Strategy and Market Development, Qualcomm Life

Don serves as Vice President of Global Strategy and Market Development for Qualcomm Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. He is responsible for Qualcomm’s development of wireless technologies and platforms in the health, fitness and life sciences markets, and is recognized as a leader in the field. In 2005, he founded and is Chairman of the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), a 501c(6) trade organization (, which works with both the wireless and health industries to enable new business models, new businesses and clinical process improvements in all sectors, including consumer health, fitness, healthcare services, healthcare IT, pharmaceutical and medical devices. Don is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Digital Health. He is on the boards of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation ( and the American Telemedicine Association ( and was a founding Board Member of the West Wireless Health Institute ( In early 2010, Jones was named to the Consumer Products Innovations Board at Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals. Don has over 20 years background in health services, including Chief Operating Officer of Medtrans (now EMSC), the largest provider of emergency medical services and emergency physician services in the world, and was founder and Chairman of EMME, the largest subscriber based consumer health services company in North America. Don holds a bachelors’ degree in biology and bio-engineering from the University of California, San Diego, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. He holds multiple issued and pending patents in the use of cell phones in incentive reward programs and in asynchronous media communications.
 GregLucier Gregory T. Lucier

Gregory T. Lucier is formerly Chairman and CEO of Life Technologies, a global life sciences company acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific for $15.4B in 2014. During Mr. Lucier’s 11-year tenure at Life Technologies, he led the company from a small start-up known as Invitrogen in 2003, directed the acquisition and merger of Invitrogen with Applied Biosystems in 2008 into the renamed Life Technologies, and then transformed the organization by 2013 into a global, world-leading biotechnology firm with 50,000 products, 10,000 employees and nearly $4 billion in sales in more than 180 countries. Serving in his leadership role, Mr. Lucier was responsible for fostering a culture of excellence at Life Technologies, and applied his more than 25 years of strategic management experience to help champion an era of personalized medicine. Prior to his tenure at Life Technologies, Mr. Lucier was a corporate officer of General Electric Company where he served in a variety of leadership roles, including as President at GE Medical Information Technologies, Vice-President of GE Medical Global Services, and President of GE-Harris Railway Electronics. Mr. Lucier received a bachelor’s degree in engineering with honors from Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the boards of of NuVasive Corporation, RainTree Oncology Services, CareFusion, Synthetic Genomics, Rady Children’s Hospital and is board chairman for Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute.
RickValencia Rick Valencia Senior Vice President and General Manager, Qualcomm Life Rick has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial innovation and executive leadership experience in rapid-growth, technology-enabled businesses along with a proven track record in market disruption, strategy execution and value creation.  As the founder and leader of Qualcomm’s health care subsidiary, Qualcomm Life he directs Qualcomm’s product, technology and M&A strategy in the wireless health market.  Rick also has a hand in driving wireless health innovation outside the company through his involvement with organizations such as the World Economic Forum’s Health Systems Initiative, business accelerators such as Rock Health and through his oversight of the $100 million Qualcomm Life Fund which makes direct venture investments in digital health startups.  Rick is an active member of ACHE, HIMSS and mHIMSS. Earlier in Rick’s career, as founder and CEO of ProfitLine, he cultivated his business savvy building the company from a one-man consulting firm into a 200 person, multi-million dollar enterprise that is now the West Coast arm of Tangoe Inc. (TNGO).  During Rick’s tenure as CEO, ProfitLine was one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies in America for three years and on Deloitte & Touche’s Fast 50 companies four years in a row.  Rick was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2003.Rick is a native San Diegan, committed to the community.  He uses his business building know-how to help fellow entrepreneurs launch enduring technology companies as a mentor at the Founder Institute and a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum.  He also supports student entrepreneurs as a member of the Board of Advisors at the University of San Diego School of Business.  He is a board member of Pedal the Cause, a cancer research fundraising organization, a former chairman and long-time board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County and actively supports Rady Children’s Hospital and the Pediatric Diabetes Research Center at UCSD.

DATE: Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

– Registration/Reception/Networking
6:15PM – Program Begins
7:45PM – Program Ends

Qualcomm Headquarters Building N, Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall
5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121

Regular Pricing: **(Please pre-register by noon on 4/18/14)**
$45.00 –
$50.00 – At-the-Door
FREE – Students & Military
CommNexus Mentor Sponsor Employees Attend FREE!

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Intuit IO Semi Conductor Irvine Company LG Electronics Mintz Levin
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SK Telecom Americas SoftClouds Sony Electronics TriNET HR Corp Verizon
ViaSat Wilson Sonsini ZTE (USA)

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