AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Announces Advisory Board; Lisa Suennen and Alexandra Drane as Co-Emcees

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5th Annual Dual-Pitch Event to be Held April 27, 2016 at Plug and Play in Sunnyvale, CA Brings Together Innovative Companies Pitching Before Industry Expert Judges and Consumer End Users Sharing Real-Time Feedback

AARP is pleased to announce the co-emcees for its fifth Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event which will be held in three months, Wednesday, April 27 at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA. Lisa Suennen and Alexandra Drane will be co-hosting this unique one day dual-pitch event. AARP also announced today the list of 15 healthcare industry experts who comprise the advisory board for this event and will help guide the companies competing at it. Applications are now being accepted and registration is also open at limited early bird pricing of $199.00 for the full day of content. For more information and guidelines please visit

AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch is a one day pitch competition for emerging startups in the healthy living space with a focus on caregiving. After a morning of programming featuring healthcare technology leaders and visionaries discussing topics such as caregiving, care coordination, and aging-in-place technology innovations, ten finalist companies will present their business focus on stage in a rapid three minute presentation. The companies will pitch to the expert judges as well as the startups’ actual intended end users, consumers whose feedback is gathered and shared real-time.

Representing 38 million members, the power of AARP takes this pitch event up a notch. Only Innovation@50+ creates a dual-pitch event that also provides an audience of actual intended end user consumers who listen to the pitches and share feedback in real time, providing the companies absolutely invaluable market data on the spot.

About the Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Co-Emcees:
Lisa Suennen and Alexandra Drane, two highly dynamic healthcare technology experts, are on board to co-Emcee the 2016 AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event.

Lisa Suennen is managing partner of Venture Valkyrie LLC, a healthcare advisory firm that helps large organizations undertake smart venture capital and digital health strategies. She is also head of Cardeation Capital Management and a member of the faculty at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Management, as well as author of the Venture Valkyrie blog. Lisa serves on the board of the Dignity Health Foundation, Health XL and Heart-to-Heart International. She is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Qualcomm Life, Sanofi Integrated Care Advisory Board, the California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund, and the BDC Capital Fund. This is her fifth year hosting this event.

Alexandra Drane is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Eliza Corporation, and co-founder of Engage with Grace and Seduce Health. She sits on the Board of Advisors of TEDMED, the Harvard Executive Sleep Council, and is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Teaching Hospital. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Board of Directors of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) and the Health Executive Leadership Network.

“This is a big opportunity, having these two individuals with such enormous industry expertise and passion around innovation in healthcare technology emcee the pitch event,” said
Jody Holtzman, senior vice president, Enterprise Strategy and Innovation, AARP. “Our audience will benefit from their energy and expertise and we are thrilled both Alexandra and Lisa have agreed to spend the day with us April 27.”

About the Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Advisory Board:
The 2016 AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch advisory board includes 15 industry experts, thought leaders and investors, including many of the top health-focused incubators and accelerators that assist in recruiting startups companies to apply for the LivePitch event, and supporting those selected.

This year’s advisory board includes:

  • Lynn Banaszak Brusco, Executive Director, CMU Disruptive Health Technology Institute
  • Cris De Luca, Digital Health & Innovation Leader, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
  • Wen Dombrowski, MD, Medical Director, Northwell Health Solutions
  • Robin Farmanfarmaian, Vice President, INVICTA Medical
  • Mary Furlong, CEO and Founder, Mary Furlong and Associates
  • Shwen Gwee, Director of Digital Customer Insights, Biogen
  • Katya Hancock, Director of Strategic Partnerships, StartUp Health
  • Ayesha Khalid, MD, Surgeon and Innovator; VP Business Development at Doctella; MIT Sloan Fellows Program, Doctella
  • Christopher Lee, Christopher Lee, Co-Director, MIT Hacking Medicine
  • Eric Mathews, Founder and CEO, Start Co.
  • Mollie McDowell, Marketing Manager, RockHealth
  • Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, CEO, Care at Hand
  • Carlos Rodarte, CEO, HealthRhythms
  • Unity Stoakes, President, StartUp Health
  • Hubert Zajicek, MD, CEO, Health Wildcatters

Past AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch events have been held in Boston, Las Vegas and New Orleans, with last year’s event in Miami showcasing technology innovation across Florida. Finalists from the previous four events have raised over $80 million in investments and four companies have been acquired. Holding the 2016 event in Silicon Valley, such a hub for technology innovation, is a strong opportunity to attract and feature 10 amazing companies.

Registration to attend the event is now open at Applications to compete for one of the ten finalist slots are also now open. Startups with solutions focused on Digital Health and/or Caregiving are invited to submit their information for consideration.

Press are invited to attend the 5th AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event gratis and may register by contacting Laura Beck, Representatives from AARP and past winners and finalists, as well as judges, are also available for interviews.

Additional information, including the 2016 sponsors and judges, and programming content, will be shared ongoing as we near the April event. The 10 finalists will be announced in advance of the event. Please mark your calendar now to join us Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA to see the most exciting startup companies in the “50 and over” health technology sector.

The AARP Health Innovation @50+ LivePitch event is produced with support by Adeo InterActive.

About AARP:
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at

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