VITALS 2020: Envisioning a New Era in Health Care


Friday, February 21, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

UCLA Carnesale Commons
251 Charles E Young Drive West,
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Hear from industry expert speakers and panelists about the information thresholds innovators are poised to surmount in the new decade and beyond.


About VITALS Conference


Patients stand to benefit profoundly from a wave of tech enablement converging with today’s ever-improving standards of care. As digital technology expands the information highway between patient and industry, intelligent solutions coupled with targeted diagnostics and therapeutics promise to enhance the entire patient journey with unprecedented personalization and precision, from detection to treatment to post-treatment care. This conference will discuss some of the most exciting developments on these fronts, and analyze how such transformations impact investment strategies and cultivate entrepreneurial opportunities.


2020 Keynote Speakers

Patty Maysent (’90)

Patty Maysent (’90)

UC San Diego Health

Patty Maysent (’90)

Kevin Gorman (’91)

Neurocrine Biosciences


2020 Panel Discussions


The Role of Digital Health in Patient Access

Entrepreneurship in Health Care

Ritish Patel
Chief Digital Officer – Health, Ogilvy

Justin Fengler
SVP Corporate Strategy and Business Development, GoodRx

Shruti Kothari
Director, Kaiser Permanente Ventures

Dimitrios Iliopoulos
CEO & President, Athos Therapeutics Inc

Jo Bhakdi
Founder and CEO, Quantgene

Cimeran Kapur
Founder and CEO, Communikind

Alan Young
Chief Medical Officer, GYANT

Mapping the Patient Journey (Plenary panel sponsored by DaVita)

David Williams III (’00)
Founder and CEO, Karen

Martha Wofford
Group Vice President, DaVita

Yair Markovits (’13)
Delivery Principal, IQVIA

Impact Investing in Health Care

Charting the Future of Precision Medicine

Sean Harper
Managing Partner, Westlake Village Biopartners

Fariba Fischel Ghodsian
Chief Investment Officer, DAFNA Capital Management

Eric Marton
Venture Partner, Three-Sixy Health

Atul Butte
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor, Institute Director, UCSF

Rob Rubio (’10)i
Segment Leader, Neuromodulation Navigation ClearPoint Neuro

William Stratton
Head of Business Development, Avelas Biosciences Inc.


2020 Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST Palisades Foyer
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. OPENING REMARKS Palisades ABCF
Priya Patkar (’20), President, Healthcare Business Association, UCLA Anderson
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. MORNING KEYNOTE Palisades ABCF
Patty Maysent (’90), MPH, MBA; CEO; UC San Diego Health
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Palisades DE

The Role of Digital Health in Patient Access

Justin Fengler, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Operations, GoodRx

Shruti Kothari (B.A. ’06), MPH, Director of Strategic Engagement, Kaiser Permanente Ventures

Amitabh Shukla, Senior Vice President, Technology, CareDx

MODERATOR: Jennifer McCaney, Ph.D., Director, UCLA Biodesign


Entrepreneurship in Health Care

Jo Bhakdi, Founder and CEO, Quantgene

Dimitrios Iliopoulos (’15), Ph.D., MBA; Co-Founder, President and CEO; Athos Therapeutics

Cimeran Kapur, Founder and CEO, Communikind

Alan Young (B.S. ’01), M.D., MBA; Chief Medical Officer; GYANT

MODERATOR: Brian Benson, VP of Strategic Alliances, MedTech Innovator

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. BREAK
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION Palisades ABCF
Sponsored by:
Mapping the Patient Journey

Yair Markovits (’13), Delivery Principal, Segment Lead, West Coast Commericial Services Delivery, IQVIA

David Williams III (’00), Founder and CEO, Karen

Martha Wofford, Group Vice President, DaVita

MODERATOR: Jean Balgrosky (B.S. ’74, MPH ’80, Ph.D. ’15) RHIA; Founder, Bootstrap Incubation and Venture Partners; Chief Information Officer, MD Revolution; Lecturer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH Palisades Foyer and ABCF
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Palisades DE

Impact Investing in Health Care

Fariba Fischel Ghodsian (’91), Ph.D., MBA; Chief Investment Officer; DAFNA Capital Management

Sean Harper, M.D., Founding Managing Director, Westlake Village Biopartners

Eric Marton (B.A. ’93), Venture Partner, Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health

MODERATOR: Kenji (Ken) Funahashi, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


Charting the Future of Precision Medicine

Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D..; Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and Inaugural Director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, University of California, San Francisco; Chief Data Scientist, University of California Health System

Rob Rubio (’10), Segment Leader, Neuromodulation Navigation, ClearPoint Neuro

Amalio Telenti, M.D., Ph.D.; Chief Data Scientist and Head of Computational Biology, Vir Biotechnology; Adjunct Professor, Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology, The Scripps Research Institute; Official Member, Forbes Technology Council

MODERATOR: William Stratton, Head of Business Development, Avelas Biosciences

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. BREAK

Kevin Gorman (Ph.D. ’87, ’91), CEO, Neurocrine Biosciences

MODERATOR: Antonio "Tony" Bernardo, Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS Palisades ABCF

Paul Lukac (’20), M.D., Executive Vice President, Healthcare Business Association, UCLA Anderson

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. NETWORKING RECEPTION Palisades Foyer

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