Questrom’s 11th Annual
Health & Life Sciences Conference

October 23, 2023

Healthcare in Hidden Forms: The Impact of Non-traditional Companies on Healthcare


Gary Swart

General Partner – Polaris Partners

Gary is a partner investing in technology and healthcare companies out of San Francisco. Previously, Gary was the CEO of oDesk (now UpWork, NASDAQ; UPWK), the world’s largest online workplace. He guided the company to industry leadership through a merger with Elance while serving as a leading voice for the future of work and the emerging online work industry.

He now represents Polaris on the boards of Quantcast, SimplyInsured, FloQast, Falkonry,  Faro Health, Qstream, Foresight, and SpineZone, and also works with Wellthy, Naked Poppy, and Novi. He previously served on the board of CliQr (Cisco) as well.

Gary is a thought leader on marketplaces, sales leadership, the future of work, how best to lead effective teams, and on the rise of the “freelance economy.” His commentary has appeared in various publications, including Forbes, TechCrunch, and The Washington Post.

What to Expect

  • Time to Discuss

    The US health care system relies heavily on private markets.

    The increasing presence of non-traditional companies in today’s delivery system indicates that advancements in healthcare are no longer exclusively shaped by providers but by innovators outside of it.

  • Join the Discussion

    The 2022 Health and Life Science Conference gathers a diverse set voices to discuss the role of new entrants in healthcare industry.

    Please join us in discussing the many trends and factors driving health system transformation.

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