Agenda – 2015 Health & Life Sciences Conference


The 2015 conference is changing to a full-day conference! Please plan to arrive no later than 8:00 am for registration / sign-in.

7:30 – 8:30am Registration
Coffee service and light refreshments will be provided
8:30 – 9:20 Opening Remarks and Delivery Keynote

Peter Slavin, MD, MBA – President, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Slavin will introduce the conference’s key theme of patient-centered care and frame the major opportunities for a better healthcare system by exploring a three-pronged strategy, or “prescription.” Massachusetts General Hospital ranks among the most accomplished and innovative medical institutions in the world. But how does it maintain this status in such a convoluted system?

9:20 – 10:20 “TERRIER Talks”

  • Aaron Oppenheimer, Vice President, Product Design & Development, Daktari Diagnostics
  • Andre Ostrovsky, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Care at Hand
  • Janie Tremlett, MBA, Vice President of International and Domestic Business, Vecna

The focus of the following TED-style talks will be on specific applications of innovation across a range of organizations within the health sector. We will present three unique speakers who will each share examples of such innovations in practice.

10:20 – 11:00 Technology Keynote

Ido Schoenberg, MD – Chairman and CEO of American Well

Dr. Schoenberg will discuss the implications and challenges of telehealth. Healthcare reform has introduced drastic changes to the landscape of medicine, and telehealth stands out as one of the most intriguing and exciting trends both in America and across the globe. American Well is the nation’s largest telehealth operator, and brings quality healthcare into the homes and workplaces of patients.

11:15 – 11:55 Biopharmaceutical Keynote

Alexandra “Sandra” Glucksmann, PhD – COO of Editas Medicine

Dr. Glucksmann will discuss the challenges and opportunities of biotech, and how problem-focused solutions can help look beyond traditional disciplines, allowing leaders to approach healthcare problems from perspectives that often result in surprising and disruptive innovations. CRISPR/Cas, a system used for genome editing that corrects errors in the genetic code, is one of the newest innovations in genomics, and Editas Medicine has a patent on this technology.

11:55am – 12:20pm Lightning Round

  • R.A. Bavasso, MBA, Chief Commercial Officer, Artaic Health
  • James Fox, Co-founder and CEO, Obz Design
  • Ed Likovich, PhD, CEO, GoodLux Technology
  • Alex MacFadyen, MBA, MS, Project Manager, MeQuilibrium
  • Elliot Swart, Co-founder and CTO, 3Derm Solutions
  • Tom Torre, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, CoPatient

The Lightning Round is an opportunity for early-stage companies to deliver presentations highlighting their ideas and innovations in a fast-paced format. Each speaker has four minutes to answer the question: How is your organization changing healthcare?

12:20 – 1:00 Quality Keynote

Kevin Churchwell, MD – Executive VP of Health Affairs and COO, Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Churchwell will discuss the importance of systematic and continuous improvement in healthcare through quality metrics. The goal in assessing performance is to create a system that promotes the best clinical standards and ensures the highest quality of patient care through transparency, accountability, and credibility. Boston Children’s is the nation’s foremost independent pediatric hospital and the world’s leading center of pediatric medical and health research. Kevin has been one of the driving forces behind improving the effectiveness and efficacy of the care provided at Boston Children’s while striving to reduce the costs of care.

1:00 – 2:15 Lunch

Connect with fellow attendees over a light lunch.

2:15-3:30 Panel Discussion

A panel discussion will connect leaders across the health care continuum. The session will take questions from the audience; come prepared!
Please refer to your name badge for the location of your panel.

3:50 – 4:30 Insurance Keynote

Andrew Dreyfus – President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Mr. Dreyfus will discuss lessons and strategies from Massachusetts’ pioneering efforts to tackle healthcare costs. This keynote will give an insider’s view on the state’s transformation towards more value-based care – the results of payment reforms, the impact on providers, and insights into the changing role of consumers in the health care marketplace. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is one of the largest independent, not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the country, and the largest health plan in the state of Massachusetts.

4:30 – 5:10 Medical Devices keynote

Mike Phalen, MBA – VP and President of MedSurg, Boston Scientific Corporation

Mr. Phalen will discuss the impact of medical technology on patient health around the world. The medical device industry continues to significantly impact global health by expanding diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, as well as access to care. This keynote will explore opportunities and challenges in navigating the global marketplace as regulations, reimbursement and healthcare delivery models evolve. Boston Scientific is dedicated to transforming lives through innovative medical solutions that improve the health of patients around the world.

5:10 – 5:30 Closing Remarks
5:30 – 7:00 Networking Reception

Join the speakers and industry professionals for a networking reception. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served.