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Digital Health, Health Innovations & 2016 JP Morgan Conference
Whether you are participating at the JP Morgan Conference or simply in the Bay Area to build your network, be sure to sign up for the UChicago Life Sciences Alumni Group event.

Cost:  $30/per person, early bird tickets are now SOLD OUT.  Onsite/day of event $35/per person

Non-alumni may use this registration link.


The JP Morgan Healthcare Investor Conference (JPM) typically attracts more than 20,000 prominent health care players and investors worldwide to San Francisco annually for a by-invitation only health care investment symposium and other related events.

The University of Chicago Life Sciences Affinity Group (LSAG) will be hosting a fireside chat with Dr. James Madara, CEO of American Medical Association, on January 13 to highlight digital health, health innovations inside and outside of 2016 JPM.

The fireside chat will be held at the University Club San Francisco, a few blocks from Union Square.

We will have cocktails from 6 - 7 p.m. and fireside chat from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Speakers include:

• Dr. James Madara, CEO of American Medical Association (AMA)
• Laura Brege, MBA’1982 and Managing Director of Cervantes Life Science Partners
• Matt Douglass, SVP of Cutomer Experience and Co-Founder, Practice Fusion

James L. Madara, MD, Executive vice president and CEO, American Medical Association.
James L. Madara, MD, serves as executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization. An accomplished academic medical center physician, medical scientist and administrator, Dr. Madara, prior to joining the AMA, served as Timmie Professor and chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine before assuming the Thompson Distinguished Service Professorship and deanship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. During his deanship at Chicago, which also extended to the university’s renowned Biological Sciences Division,

Dr. Madara also served as CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center, bringing together the university’s biomedical research, teaching and clinical activities. As CEO, he engineered significant new affiliations with community hospitals, teaching hospital systems, community Federally Qualified Health Centers on Chicago’s South Side, as well as with national research organizations.

Dr. Madara is a noted academic pathologist and an authority on epithelial cell biology and on gastrointestinal disease. He has published more than 200 original papers and chapters, making important contributions to understanding the biology of the cells that line the digestive tract. His work has garnered both national and international awards. 

Dr. Madara has served as president of the American Board of Pathology and as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Pathology.

Dr. Madara will make an announcement about AMA's founding of a San Francisco-based integrated innovation company the week of the JP Morgan conference.

Laura A. Brege, Chicago Booth MBA’1982, Managing Director, Cervantes Life Science Partners
Before founding Cervantes Life Science Advisors, Laura Brege was President and Chief Executive Officer of Nodality, Inc.  Ms. Brege has over 25 years of executive management experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and venture capital industries.

Prior to joining Nodality, Ms. Brege held several senior-level positions at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. While at Onyx, she led multiple functions, including commercialization, strategic planning, corporate development, and medical, scientific and government affairs.

Prior to Onyx, Ms. Brege was a General Partner at Red Rock Capital Management, a venture capital firm in Palo Alto specializing in early stage financing for technology companies.   Investments were primarily in software and services.

Previously Ms. Brege was SVP and Chief Financial Officer at COR Therapeutics, helping build the company from an early stage R&D company through commercial launch of a successful cardiovascular product.

Earlier in her career, she served as Chief Financial Officer at Flextronics, Inc., a global electronics manufacturing company and Treasurer of The Cooper Companies, a broadly diversified industrial company.

She serves on the Board of Directors of several public companies: Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. and Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  In addition Ms. Brege is a member of the Board of Directors of BayBio, an industry organization and is Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees of Ohio University.

Ms. Brege earned her undergraduate degrees in economics and in political science from Ohio University (Honors Tutorial College) and her MBA degree from the University of Chicago. 

Matt Douglass, SVP of Customer Experience and Co-Founder, Practice Fusion

As Practice Fusion’s technology co-founder, Matt created the SaaS technology framework that enables rapid development of the world’s largest EHR cloud platform, now used daily by over 100,000 medical professionals. He is passionate about unlocking health data from paper charts in an effort to streamline health communication and give patients direct access to their information.

Matt is going to share the insider story about the founding of Practice Fusion and how the company executed a breakthrough business model brilliantly to become the #1 cloud based platform for physicians and patients.

The speakers will also invite the audience for an interactive conversation about the 2016 JP Morgan Healthcare Investor Conference:

• Insiders recap of their experience inside and outside of JPM
• What are the key themes and source of excitement?
• What are the important health innovations?
• Will the immunology revolution take off?
• How to raise money in an increasingly competitive capital market
• Will the investment bubble burst?

Do not miss an opportunity to hear from the nation’s most prominent health leader about his personal stories and perspective about digital health, health innovations, medical school of the future, and health of the nation.

Please help spread the word and invite your friends to join our conversation on January 13.

Interested in posting questions in advance to Dr. Madara to answer during the event? Please use this survey tool.





Event Contact
Maggie Wu MBA'1987
Staff Liaison
Alexandria Schultz, AM'13


Event Information
Wednesday, Jan 13 2016 at 6:00pm - 9:30pm [ iCal ]
University Club San Francisco
800 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States

Look Who's Coming:
Guest of David Burow
Guest of Norman Lewak
Paul Alexander
Lynn Allen
Sarah Ansari
Guilherme Azevedo
Dr. Consulta
Renuka Babu
David Baker
Lauralyn Bankhead
Basil Barouki
David Berg
Chris Bergstrom
Alexis Borisy
Daniel Brinkenhoff
Centre Partners
Chris Buckle
AIM Specialty Health
David Burow
Marguerite Callaway
Michael Cates
Ashish Chadha
Evolko Systems
Shelly Chang
Bauman College
Anita Chawla
Analysis Group
Robert Chaykin
Alex Chen
Robert Debs
Edward DesJardins
Dergosits & Noah LLP
Brooks Dexter
Duff & Phelps
Yizhen Dong
David Dubbs
MyDigitalHealth Network
Jon Edelson, MD
Anterios, Inc.
Jeffrey Elton
Martin Forrest
Sarah Foss
Zitter Health Insights
Marc Foster
Christopher Gardner
US Health Futures LLC
Jawj Greenwald
John Gregg
Thomas Gynor
Nixon Peabody LLP
Patricia Hall
Quick Leonard Kieffer
David Hiatt
Louise Hollingsworth
Cal Huntzinger
DE3 MedTech
Lavinia Ionita
Russell Ivanhoe
Estrella Jaramillo
Alexander Johns
Arete Strategies, LLC
Juergen Jung
Bonnie Kaiser
Yun Kao
Serra Advisors
Rachel Katz
Sachin Kelkar
Practice Fusion
Kenneth Kelly
Karen Kerr
GE Ventures
Akhsar Kharebov
Chris Khoury
American Medical Association
Melissa Kim
Propeller Health
William Kim
Kyle Kiser
Jordan Kramer
Kaiser Permanente Ventures
Annie Lai
Lori Lai
BioCision LLC
Daniel Lappin
Christine Le
Stephen Lee
Norman Lewak
Melinda Lewis
Stealth Start-Up
Howard Liang
Philip Lisagor
Michael Loughry
Marco Flavio Marinucci
Scott Matthews
Tina Mei
Glen Michelson
Venkat Mocherla
Megan Mok
Rene Mora
James Nelson
Venable LLP
Lan Anh Nguyen
ManageUP PRM
Trang Nguyen
The Permanente Medical Group
I-Chun Ning
Kayvan Noroozi
Tim O/Brien
Anjali Oza
Analysis Group
Moraima Pagan
Morita Pagan Consulting
Robert Palmer
Camy Pearson
Allyson Plosko
Village Capital
Kwok Poon
Ethan Prater
Cyrus T. Elk Foundation
Terrence Quan
Richard Rabens
Kaiser Permanente
Susan Rabens
Amar Rathor
Tracy Rentz
Evolent Health
Megan Rice
Ann Rich
Rod Rivera
Headwaters MB
Christopher Russell
Voqel, Inc.
Colin Russell
Vishnu Saxena
Diaspark Healthcare
Tricia Schumann
Ken Sharigan
American Medical Association
John Shoffner
State of Minnesota
Rodrigo Sierra
American Medical Association
Joshua Sommerfeld
Redmile Group
Thomaz Srougi
Dr. Consulta
Mike Tamaru
W Corp
Wilfred Tang
Protein Metrics
Samuel Thong
Valerie Toler
Onyx Pharmaceuticals
Asako Tsumagari
Mevident, Inc.
Onome Uwhuba
Anand Vasagiri
Dhrooti Vyas
Matthew Walls
Atlantis Healthcare
Kat Wendelstadt
Dr. Consulta
Brian Wheeler
Mark Winter
Bradley Wolfsen
Robin Won
Invest Hong Kong
Maggie Wu
Lily Yang
... a total of 122 guests.