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Recap: Tales from the Trenches with David Chen, co-founder of Nuna

November 12, 2019

At our October Tales from the Trenches™, we welcomed David Chen, co-founder of Nuna, to the MATTER stage to share stories and insights from his journey in healthcare.

David’s entrepreneurial spirit sparked early on in high school: At 16, he and his brother made a business of selling cell phone cases they had imported from China. Before founding Nuna, he started and closed two companies, serv…

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Recap: Evive’s Prashant Srivastava talks hiring, culture and healthcare entrepreneurship

October 3, 2019

At our September Tales from the Trenches™, Prashant Srivastava joined us to share stories from the past 12 years at the helm of Evive.

Prashant built Evive in 2007 with his co-founder, Peter Saravis, with the understanding that when employees live healthier lives, they produce better work. The company uses consumer-focused predictive analytics to provide employees with the right benefits inf…

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Tales from the Trenches with Debra Geihsler, CEO of Activate Healthcare

August 8, 2019

For Debra Geihsler, the answer to reducing healthcare costs and improving wellness outcomes is a simple one: Figure out how to keep patients out of the hospital in the first place.

Debra spent decades leading healthcare organizations, including eight years as CEO of the 1200-provider combined Harvard Vanguard Medical Group and Atrius Health System in Boston, and two years at Advocate Medical G…

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Tales from the Trenches with Frank Naeymi-Rad, Founder of Intelligent Medical Objects

June 13, 2019

Last month, Dr. Frank Naeymi-Rad, founder of Intelligent Medical Objects (IMO), joined us at MATTER to share the entrepreneurial story behind a revolutionary breakthrough in health IT.

Frank’s work has been monumental in helping to pioneer a standard approach to clinical language. His doctoral research became the foundation for some of the earliest electronic health record (EHR) systems — sold…

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Tales from the Trenches with Paul Edick, CEO of Xeris Pharmaceuticals

May 9, 2019

In April, Paul Edick, CEO of Xeris Pharmaceuticals, joined us at MATTER to share insights and learnings from his remarkable entrepreneurial journey.

Xeris is the latest in Paul’s impressive track record leading biopharma startups like Durata Therapeutics (Nasdaq: DRTX), Ganic Pharmaceuticals and MedPointe Healthcare, Inc. Paul came out of retirement to take the helm at Xeris in 2017, and has…

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