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In a TED Talk-like setting, three health care thought leaders will share their forward-looking insights on pressing issues shaping the future of care.

Dr. Michael Johnsrud will address the next frontier in the battle to curb soaring prescription drug costs.  Next, Clint Phillips will talk broadly about some of the changes we’ll be seeing in health care delivery over the coming decade. Our third speaker, Kerry Rupp will discuss the kinds of health care projects that are captivating investors.
7:45 am Breakfast | Registration

8:05 am    Welcome | Opening Remarks
8:15 am    Michael Johnsrud, PhD – Executive Director, Texas Center for
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The prices of newly marketed drugs to treat a variety of health conditions continue to rise, placing affordability pressure on employers, health plans and many patients. The administration and Congress are offering policy proposals to limit price increases and control costs, but how do we ensure value and incentivize innovation at the same time?

Mike will discuss recent trends in drug costs, how the marketplace is reacting, the impact on patients and the potential role of precision medicine in helping to better deliver value in drug therapy.          

9:05 am   Break

9:20 am   SXSW Preview | Hugh Forrest – Chief Programming Officer, SXSW

9:30 am   Clint Phillips – Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Medici


Healthcare has been stuck in a rut of increasing cost, frustration and limitations for the last few decades. There has been little chance for startups to really intervene, because large incumbents have been able to block innovation and change. Doctors and patients have often been the undeserving casualties, but there is finally a window to change things.

Clint will discuss how Aetna, CVS, Amazon, Apple, Employers, Startups and others are trying to make things better, and it’s just the beginning.

10:20 am  Break

10:35 am  Kerry Rupp – General Partner, True Wealth Ventures


In recent years, investors have flocked to wearables and telehealth platforms to bolster consumers' desire for wellness measures and convenient care. Investors around the globe will be interested in more solutions, that achieve better care at a lower cost, and ways to harness health data to make more meaningful decisions about care. 

Kerry will discuss how these consumer health trends are expected to attract investors in 2019 and beyond.

11:25am  Announcements and Departure

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Michael Johnsrud, PhD, RPh is Executive Director of the Texas Center for Health Outcomes Research and Education (TxCORE) and a Senior Research Scientist in Health Outcomes at the College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin. Mike designs and conducts studies to analyze how prescription drugs, medical devices, and various patent interventions impact resource utilization and patient outcomes and quality of life.

He has particular expertise in prescription drug pricing, as well as coverage and reimbursement policy in Medicaid, Medicare, and private-sector health plans and the economics of the marketplace for community pharmacy and prescription drug benefit programs.

Mike was previously a Senior Vice President at Avalere Health in Washington, DC, where he led the Health Economics and Advanced Analytics Practice and provided strategic guidance to clients to generate the needed clinical and economic evidence to inform stakeholders in the marketplace to determine the value of various drugs, medical devices and interventions. Prior to joining Avalere, Mike was Associate Director of The Center for Pharmacoeconomic Studies at the College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin.

He has published numerous articles over the course of his career related to pharmaceutical economics, medication adherence, and the value and cost-effectiveness of prescription drugs across a variety of different therapeutic areas.

Mike has a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa and a MS and PhD in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a registered pharmacist.

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Clint left South Africa in 2002, as a chiropractor & sports therapist, to come and play rugby for Aspen, the National Champs. Like all rugby players he started as a painter but quickly grew from there into massage therapist and personal trainer. His real knack was an almost miraculous result with bad spines, which led Barry Sternlicht, founder of Starwood hotels, to allow Clint to open Aspen Back & Body in the St Regis in 2005. Clint’s love for his clients was unmatched. Aspen Back and Body was a big hit, and people travelled from across the world to get out of pain and avoid surgery. The clinic was packed with world leaders, celebrities and over 40 of the Forbes 400 families. For those who couldn’t make it to Aspen, Clint bought the patent for a stretching device and started shipping IdealStretch across the world to help improve flexibility across the world.

Clint and his wife Jade’s 3rd child, Gabi, also born in Aspen, had a stroke at birth. Shocked at the difficulty in accessing a good pediatric neurologist, Clint vowed to take on a much larger challenge and improve access for families. Clint founded 2nd.MD, raising investment from several US billionaires and built a service allowing members to enjoy unprecedented access to doctors at MD Anderson, Mayo, Hopkins, Mass General etc for 2nd opinions via video. It’s a game changer and its clients now include Morgan Stanley, Starbucks, Chevron, Waste Management, Viacom and many more.

Most recently, Clint has once again, been funded by billionaires to build the Uber of healthcare. Medici is a bold initiative that will change the face of healthcare across the world and reestablish America as the healthcare leading innovator, not just leading spender. Leaders from Amazon, Ebay, and United Healthcare have joined the mission.

Clint has been featured on CBS, ABC, Forbes, TechCrunch and manages health matters for several royal families and US leaders. He was recently selected as Houston Business Journals Top 40 under 40. Clint has been married to Jade, a former TV gladiator, for 14 years and has three children: Clinty, Faith and Gabrielle (who has recovered marvelously from her stroke).

Clint is the National Champion in various track and field events for his age group and loves nothing more than returning to Aspen to train.

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Kerry Rupp is a General Partner at True Wealth Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in the sustainable consumer and consumer health sectors. She is also a nationally-certified instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, helping university-based teams to commercialize their science and technology research. She is an active startup coach who is asked to judge at startup competitions nationwide and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation and early-stage investing. She serves as a mentor at Capital Factory, on the board of the Austin Healthcare Council, on the Advisory Panel of the Texas Health Catalyst program at Dell Medical School, and on the Steering Committee for Women@Austin, an organization focused on making Austin the best place to be a woman entrepreneur.
In addition, Kerry provides innovation & strategy consulting through her DisRuppt practice, leveraging over 20 years' experience launching and growing startups and new lines of business. Her core service areas are Corporate Innovation, Strategy & Business Development, Venture & Corporate Development and Economic Development.
Previously, Kerry was CEO at DreamIt, a Top Ten US startup accelerator and early-stage venture fund, where she was directly involved with the launch of over 150 companies. During her 5-year tenure with DreamIt, she grew its programs to five cities, raised a $20M follow-on fund, and initiated the DreamIt Access (minority entrepreneur), DreamIt Athena (female entrepreneur), and DreamIt Health programs.
Before DreamIt, Kerry was herself the founder of an online travel service, Holiday Golightly, which organized unique group travel excursions for women. She has also advised senior executives at, ReadersDigest, LexisNexis, Payscale, and Taleo on stategy, business development and marketing. She has held Vice President level positions at, Jobster, and LexisNexis. Kerry began her career as a consultant with McKinsey and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Kerry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology from Duke University. In addition to her startup ecosystem service, she sits on the board of the Texas 4000 for Cancer. She is an avid adventurer that has visited over 50 countries and all 50 US states.