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SXSW Accelerator: Health Technologies

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SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors. Eight companies within the Health Technologies category will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Saturday, March 8. Three of those eight companies will be asked to return on day two, Sunday, March 9, to present to a new group of co-emcees and judges. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of day two as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.

The Health Technologies category involves patient-centric health technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospitals, clinics) & benefit providers. These services enable people to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.


ActiveProtective - www.activeprotect.co
Allentown, PA
ActiveProtective is delivering sophisticated 3D motion-sensing wearables focused on human fall intervention, using garments with discrete micro-airbags in order to reduce injury. Applications include hip fracture protection for the elderly, head and neck, cycling, moto, equestrian, high-risk occupational, and others.

AdhereTech - www.adheretech.com
New York, NY
AdhereTech has created patented smart patented pill bottles. These bottles automatically send usage data to our servers in real time, and if a dose is missed our system reminds patients via text message, phone call, and on-bottle lights and chimes.

Kinsa - www.kinsahealth.com
New York, NY
Using mobile technologies, Kinsa is creating the world's first real-time map of human health. To do this, we have revolutionized the world's most common medical device. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is an ultra-low-cost, smartphone-connected thermometer that allows real-time communication with the ill. It's also the world's smartest thermometer.

Pixie Scientific - www.pixiescientific.com
New York, NY
Technology embedded in consumer products that unobtrusively monitor nutrition and onset of chronic conditions in children and seniors before symptoms occur.


Laurie Segall

Tech Correspondent



Lisa Suennen

Managing Partner

Venture Valkyrie

Lisa Suennen is Managing Partner at Venture Valkyrie Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm providing advisory services to companies, organizations and private equity firms in the healthcare field.
Additionally, Lisa is a Senior Advisor to Psilos Group, a healthcare-focused venture capital and growth equity firm that focuses on the healthcare information technology, healthcare services and medical device sectors. Lisa was a co-founder of Psilos Group and a Partner at the firm from 1998-2014.
Prior to Psilos, Lisa was at Merit Behavioral Care (formerly American Biodyne, Inc), an $800mm behavioral healthcare company where she held various senior executive roles from its early start-up days through exit. Previously, Lisa held various positions in marketing and product management in companies in the high technology field
Lisa is currently a a Board Member of the Dignity Health Foundation, and Board Member of health IT company Beyond Lucid Technologies, a Board Member of medical device company AngioScore, a member of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board, and an Advisor to the California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund. Lisa also serves as an Advisor to innovation consulting firm Accelevate, Inc. She previously served as a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator Investing in Innovations program.
Lisa holds an M.A. in political science, a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in mass communications, all from the University of California, Berkeley, where she is now Vice Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University. Lisa is also a visiting lecturer at the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business where she teaches the annual course on healthcare venture capital.
Lisa also writes a widely read blog on healthcare and healthcare investing at www.venturevalkyrie.com. She has recently published her first book, entitled: Tech Tonics, Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Heal Healthcare with Technology, coauthored with Dr. David Shaywitz.

Nina Kjellson

General Partner

InterWest Partners


Stacy Feld


Physic Ventures

Stacy Feld joined Physic Ventures in January 2009, where she leads the investment activities in personalized health. Her interests include science-based innovations that transform care for the health consumer and bring more precision to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic diseases. Additionally, Stacy has been actively involved in the design and execution of business incubation and spin-off opportunities. Stacy is on the board of T2 Biosystems and an observer on the board of Own Products. Prior to joining Physic, Stacy was in business development positions at Genentech and Third Wave Technologies. Stacy currently serves as an advisor on the Springboard Enterprises Life Sciences Council and to the UCSF Clinical and Translational Research Institute T1 Catalyst Program.

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