Health Tech




Health tech Austin is a gathering of Health Tech Leaders and Influencers from Central Texas and beyond. we have MONTHLY NETWORKING and educational EVENTs. If you are Interested in sponsoring a Future event;








Cooley has 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. We serve as strategic business partners to 450+ medical device and medtech companies around the world. Visit us as: www.cooley.com  


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Capital City Innovation is working to help an Innovation District — aligned with partners and the community — emerge in the heart of Texas. Austin’s Capital City Innovation District is the emerging downtown home to innovators who are building healthy communities through technology and creativity. With its founders at UT Austin’s Dell Medical School, Ascension Seton Healthcare and Central Health, and with support from the Downtown Austin Alliance and Opportunity Austin, the Capital City Innovation District partners with companies, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and community organizations to promote new approaches to community access, integrated health, and value-based care. Join us to connect with clinical, community, and payer partners. Join us to create, refine, and validate disruptive ideas for promoting health, preventing disease, connecting with providers, delivering care and paying for it. Join us to grow your ideas to community and national scales. Austin is the only place you’ll find this new, open, ground-up approach to launching and scaling health innovations. Find us at www.capitalcityinnovation.org and follow us on twitter.com/CapCityTx.



HealthTronics was formed more than 25 years ago by a group of urologists looking for a better way to improve economics, while still providing the best possible care for their patients. We discovered that through partnerships and specialization we are able to make new technologies accessible to physicians and hospitals to treat their patients.  Today, HealthTronics offers a broad array of minimally invasive, mobile medical therapies for clinical applications, when and where they’re needed.  Health care facilities throughout the U.S. have access to minimally invasive mobile medical therapies through HealthTronics.   Visit us at http://www.healthtronics.com

Oscar Health, a technology-driven, consumer-focused health insurance startup, uses technology and personalized service to give members transparency into the health care system and empower them to choose quality, affordable care. The Oscar member experience includes a personalized concierge team that helps members do everything from finding a doctor to processing a claim, a free, 24/7 telemedicine service for members on the go, and a tightly integrated, curated network of first-rate physicians and hospitals. Say hi or learn more at https://hioscar.com

Located in the heart of downtown Austin, Capital Factory is the entrepreneurial center of gravity.  More than 50,000 entrepreneurs, programmers, and designers gather for meet ups, classes, and co-working every year.  Entrepreneurs surround themselves with both talent and the investment to grow their business.









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3) Free stuff at SXSW -- sxsw.com/free

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7:45 am - 11:00 am

The Capital Factory

One of the biggest trends in health care has been the shift from provider-driven care to a focus on patients and consumers. As a result, the entire health care industry is responding to consumer demands for convenience, services and devices that put medical records, health status monitoring and other information at consumers’ fingertips.

This event will feature two expert panels, the first of which will discuss the consumer-driven care trend and its impact on health care delivery and overall costs. For the second panel, two CEO's will discuss how their companies responded to the trend.


7:45 am                       Breakfast and Registration

8:05 am                      Welcome and Remarks

                                  SXSW Preview
                                     Hugh Forrest
                                     Director, SXSW Interactive Festival

8:25 am                       Consumer-Driven Care: The Impact on Delivery and Costs
                                     Niall Brennan - President, Health Care Cost Institute
                                     Craig Cordola - President/Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Texas
                                     Moderator - Mary Ann Roser; Founder and chief, Roser Prose

9:35 am                       Networking Break

9:50 am                      How Companies are Answering Patients’ Demands for Convenience
                                     Julia Cheek - Founder/Chief Executive Officer, EverlyWell
                                     Clint Phillips - Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Medici
                                     Moderator - Colin Pope; Editor, Austin Business Journal

11:00 am                      Networking and Departure                                                                       


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Niall Brennan


Health Care Cost Institute

Mr. Brennan was appointed President and Executive Director of the Washington D.C. based Health Care Cost Institute  in June 2017. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing HCCI’s advancements in price transparency and public reporting, increasing both the comprehensiveness and access to HCCI’s expansive data set, as well as working with state policy and decision makers to improve their health care systems. He is a nationally recognized expert in health care policy, the use of health care data to enable and accelerate health system change, and data transparency. He has published widely in leading academic journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs.

Prior to joining HCCI, Mr. Brennan was Chief Data Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He has also worked at the Brookings Institution, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Congressional Budget Office, the Urban Institute, and Price WaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Brennan received his MPP from Georgetown University and his BA from University College Dublin, Ireland.


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Craig Cordola

President/Chief Executive Officer

Ascension Texas

An experienced and accomplished healthcare executive, Craig Cordola, FACHE, joined Ascension Texas in September 2017 as President and Chief Executive Officer for Ascension Texas which includes Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Providence Healthcare Network in Waco and Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin. Craig also serves as Senior Vice President for Ascension Health.  Since 2014, Seton Healthcare Family has had an affiliation with Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin making Seton the school’s primary partner for most clinical and training programs.  

Cordola previously served as Senior Vice President of Memorial Hermann Health System and President, where he oversaw the strategic direction and operations of inpatient and outpatient services at the hospitals and ambulatory sites within Memorial Hermann’s Central/West Region and had system-wide responsibility for several service lines. He also led and managed Memorial Hermann’s long-standing relationship with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.  Cordola also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Campus, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Assistant Vice President of Operations at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Before joining Memorial Hermann, he served at Texas Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching facility for Baylor College of Medicine, and at physician practice management companies in Houston.

Cordola is a prolific community servant, volunteering his time to serve on numerous boards. During his time in Houston he served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s George McMillan Fleming Center for Healthcare Management. He also previously served on the boards of Center for Houston’s Future, Children at Risk, National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, and Vizient/University Health System Consortium. He also continues to invest in the next generation of healthcare leadership and served for five years as a faculty member for the Healthcare Administration Program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. In addition to his professional and community commitments, Cordola is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and has served as President of the organization’s Southeast Texas Chapter.

He graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in psychology and continued his studies at The University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he earned dual degrees with a master of healthcare administration and a master of business administration. Cordola is married to Allison Cordola and they have two children.


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Julia Cheek

Founder/Chief Executive Officer


Julia Cheek is the CEO and Founder of EverlyWell, the next-generation health testing platform that provides at-home lab testing kits with easy to read results sent directly to you through their secure online platform. With over 30,000 customers around the country, EverlyWell has become a market leader in the at-home health testing space, and is one of the fastest-growing consumer healthcare startups in recent history.

EverlyWell is based in Austin, TX, and has 15 employees. In addition to garnering awards from TechCrunch and RockHealth, Julia was recently featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, where she landed one of the largest deals in show’s history.

Julia is a Dallas native, and after attending Vanderbilt for college, she started her career in management consulting at Deloitte. She  went on to earn her MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar with high distinction. She also is a former multiple World Champion equestrian, officially retiring in 2009.


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Clint Phillips

Founder/Chief Executive Officer


Clint’s life is often described as the American Dream. He left South Africa in 2002, as a doctor of chiropractic & sports therapist, to come and play rugby for Aspen, the National Champs. Like most 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 & 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 third child, Gabi, 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, EY, Chevron, United Healthcare, Aetna and many more.

Most recently, Clint has once again, been funded by some billionaires to build Medici, the WhatsApp of healthcare. Medici, Latin for doctor, is a bold initiative that is reinventing the doctor-patient relationship and global healthcare. Leaders from Under Armour, Discovery Health, Ebay, and Teladoc have joined the mission.

Clint has been featured on CBS, ABC, Forbes, TechCrunch, and was selected as Houston Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 and a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He enjoys the opportunities to speak at top colleges, incubators, and Clint has been married to Jade, a former TV gladiator, for 15 years and has three children: Clinty, Faith and Gabrielle (who has recovered marvelously from her stroke). Their family are diligently working toward getting 1,000 orphans sponsored across Africa. Clint is the National Champion in various track and field events for his age group.

















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The Medical Device Summit, presented by Cooley, provides an opportunity to see the latest technologies, listen to thought leaders and experts in the medical device field, and participate in a forum where innovative companies share their technologies with investors and potential commercial partners.
The Summit will feature a keynote by Scott Wallace, Managing Director of the Value Institute for Health and Care at Dell Medical School, on "How Medical Devices Impact the Delivery of Value Based Health Care" and a series of panels covering various topics affecting health care technology and the medical device industry.  

The Summit will also include The Medical Device Showcase, where 12 Companies will make pitches ranging from minimally invasive devices to digital hardware.  

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm       One on One's with Investors, Lawyers
                                        and Market Leaders
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm      Reception

7:30 am                       Breakfast and Registration

8:00 am                      Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:20 am                      How Can Medical Devices Impact the Delivery of Value Based Health Care
                                     Scott Wallace, JD MBA
                                     Managing Director, Value Institute for Health and Care
                                                                          Dell Medical School

9:15 am                      Enhancing Value Through the Strategic Use of IP
                                    Erik Milch - Partner, Cooley LLP
                                    Russell Newman - President, HealthTronics
                                    Eric Stone - Chief Executive Officer, Velano Vascular
                                    Moderator - Barbary Brunner; Chief Executive Officer,
                                                                                             Austin Technology Council

10:25 am                    Networking Break

10:40 am                   Venture Funding: Early Stage to Late Stage
                                    Louis Bock - Venture Partner, Sante' Ventures
                                    Taylor Curtis - Managing Director, MHT Partners
                                    Kim Bridges Rodriguez - Chief Executive Officer, Acessa Health
                                    Moderator - Bob Smith; Co-Founder and Principal, Bridgepoint Consulting
12:00 pm                   Networking Lunch

  1:20 pm                   Medical Device Showcase
                                   12 Companies • 12 Pitches

  3:30 pm                  Award Presentations and Closing Remarks



Please Click On Picture To View Biography

Barbary Brunner

Chief Executive Officer

Austin Technology Council

Louis Bock

Venture Partner

Sante’ Ventures

Taylor Curtis

Managing Director

MHT Partners

Erik Milch


Cooley LLP

Russell Newman



Kim Bridges Rodriguez

Chief Executive Officer

Acessa Health

Bob Smith

Principal and Co-Founder

Bridgepoint Consulting

Eric Stone

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Velano Vascular

Scott Wallace

Managing Director

Value Institute for

Health and Care

Dell Medical School