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Driving Meaningful, Measurable Outcomes

Meet Stephen Beeson, M.D.:Stephen Beeson, M.D. is founder and CEO of Practicing Excellence. He is a nationally recognized speaker, physician, and author whose life mission is to coach and develop clinicians to be their best. Dr. Beeson started his career as a family medicine physician with the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego. During his career, Dr. Beeson was tasked to coach, develop, and engage clinicians to help improve both the clinician and patient experience. Dr. Beeson received a bachelor’s in Biochemistry and an M.D. from University of California, San Diego.  Key Insights:Stephen Beeson, M.D. is transforming the healthcare experience for patients and providers. Practicing Excellence. Practicing Excellence is a mobile tool that teaches clinicians healthcare skills that improve patient outcomes and experience, as well as the clinician’s experience.Digital Solution. Clinicians are busy, so the skill training only takes 5-minutes per week. It is designed to be scalable, so everyone in a health system can participate. And the solution maps onto organizational priorities, collaborating with the broader mission of health systems.Founder’s Journey. While building the company Dr. Beeson experienced sleepless nights, nerve-wracking debt, and tempting acquisitions. What kept him focused was remembering his own experience as a physician, and the virtue behind the mission.This episode is hosted by Tarun Kapoor, M.D. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Day Zero and is Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Transformation Officer at Virtua Health. Relevant Links:
November 29, 2022

Mental Health: Innovating Care

Meet the Guests:Dana Udall, Ph.D. is the Chief Clinical Officer at Ginger and Headspace Health. Alison Darcy, Ph.D. is the President and Founder of Woebot Health. Virna Little, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Concert Health. Key Insights:This episode explores how different companies are innovating mental healthcare.  Personalized Care. It is important that mental health resources reflect the backgrounds and identities of the patients, especially for vulnerable or underrepresented groups. Dr. Udall points out that there is no “one size fits all” for treatment.Mental Health Ally. Woebot is an AI that doesn’t replace therapy, rather its complimentary. Dr. Darcy shares that it helps encourage self-directed mental health care and enables patients to better engage in the practices they learn during therapy sessions.Collaborative Care. Dr. Little describes how collaborative care gives patients the flexibility to choose their treatment path. It leverages the trust and relationship patients build with their primary care physician and compliments it with a team of specialists.This episode is part two of a special two-part series on mental health. Check out part one on Her Story! Relevant Links:Check out Dr. Udall’s full interviewCheck out Dr. Darcy’s full interviewCheck out Dr. Littles full interview
November 22, 2022

Pongamia: Reimagining Agriculture

Meet Naveen Sikka:Naveen Sikka is the founder and CEO of TerViva, a food and agriculture technology company that is building a more sustainable plant protein and vegetable oil supply chain. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Elemental Excelerator and a Fellow for Unreasonable Impact Americas. Previously, Naveen worked as a management consultant at Gemini Consulting and TPI. He received a bachelor’s from Columbia University and an MBA from UC Berkeley.  Key Insights:TerViva is bringing a new crop to the global market: pongamia.  Food as Medicine. TerViva is centered around pongamia, which grow well in poor quality soil and is climate resilient. TerViva is breeding the plant to create a domesticated version that has more consistent crop yields and is creating consumer products from the plant’s proteins and oil.Optimism during Recession. Traditional capital from Wall Street will be harder to access for climate tech companies. However, Naveen points to a silver lining. People and companies around the world recognize climate change as an existential threat. Incumbents are willing to invest and partner with startups that make the world more sustainable. Stay Focused.Naveen advises founders to find the intersection of what you believe in from a mission perspective and what the market is interested and able to fund. Don’t spread yourself too thin.This episode is hosted by Rishi Sikka, M.D. He is a guest host for Day Zero and is a Venture Partner at Lifeforce Capital and Professor at Brown University School of Public Health. Relevant Links:Learn more about TerVivaRead “Beyond Catastrophe A New Climate Reality Is Coming Into View” from The New York Times Magazine 
November 15, 2022

Dream Big, Build Fast, Be Brilliant

Meet Ali Parsa, Ph.D.:Ali Parsa, Ph.D. is a British-Iranian healthcare entrepreneur and engineer. He is the founder and CEO of Babylon Health. He is also a UK Cabinet Office Ambassador for Mutuals. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Circle Health. Dr. Parsa was recognized by The Health Service Journal as one of ‘the 50 most influential people in UK healthcare’ and he was featured in the Maserati 100. Dr. Parsa received a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from University College London.  Key Insights:Ali Parsa shares an optimistic, but still practical vision of entrepreneurship.  Not Healthcare. The incentives in healthcare are fundamentally broken. What we call healthcare is really “sick care,” because we wait until patients are having health emergencies to intervene. Babylon Health aims to prevent health emergencies by utilizing data, AI, and monitoring to catch problems before they get worse.Desirable Difficultly. Dr. Parsa arrived in the UK as a refugee at 16 without his family. He built his life and career from scratch. However, he views these difficulties as giving him strength. He has the experience to deal with adverse situations.Advice for Founders. Dr. Parsa encourages founders to dream big, build fast, and be brilliant. Anything that matters takes a lot of effort, so you might as well do something big. He also asks that we work to create an ecosystem that allows for others to dream big as well. This episode is hosted by Rishi Sikka, M.D. He is a guest host for Day Zero and is a Venture Partner at Lifeforce Capital and Professor at Brown University School of Public Health. Relevant Links:Learn more about Dr. ParsaLearn more about Babylon Health
November 1, 2022

Test Your Assumptions

Meet Ben Albert:Ben is the Co-Founder and CEO of Upfront Healthcare Services, Inc.. Prior to launching Upfront, Ben was the Founder and CEO of Care Team Connect, which was acquired by The Advisory Board Company in 2013. Ben also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence and Operating Partner within the Strategic Investments Division of Cambia Health Solutions. Ben received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois Chicago.  Key Insights:Ben Albert is a two-time healthcare founder, with over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience.  Challenge Your Assumptions. Entrepreneurs make a lot of assumptions at the beginning of a startup. Many of those assumptions turn out to be inaccurate. So, founders must use data to evaluate, change, and refine the business model. Acquisition Explained. Upfront recently made its first acquisition: PatientBond. Upfront’s mission is to get patients the care they need, and communication is fundamental to achieve that. PatientBond shares that vision and can deliver personalized communication. It was a clear strategy, that would allow for greater impact on patients, and a greater ROI for clients.Founding in Healthcare. Healthcare demands that founders have a robust value proposition, constantly evolve the vision based on data, and be patient. Patience applies to the investors as well; they need to trust the vision and not rush decisions that could hurt the company in the long run.This episode is hosted by Nathan Bays. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Day Zero and is a Senior Banker of Healthcare M&A at Citigroup. Relevant Links:Learn more about Upfront HealthcareRead “Upfront acquires PatientBond; expands capabilities for market-leading personalized patient access and engagement platform”
October 25, 2022

Innovation From the Inside Out

Meet Erik Kulstad, M.D.:Erik Kulstad, M.D. is the Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Attune Medical and Advanced Cooling Therapy Inc. He is also a practicing emergency medicine physician and an Associate Professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Kulstad was previously the Research Director at Advocate Christ Medical Center. He received a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, and an M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Key Insights:Dr. Kulstad’s breakthrough technology provides lessons in patient care and entrepreneurship.  The Science of Cooling. Dr. Kulstad invented a tube that circulates water in a closed loop system in the esophagus to manage the temperature of a patient. Having more control over temperature can improve patient outcomes for different procedures, both planned and emergency.Local Incubator. Ideas are abundant, the hard part is all the steps after the idea. Dr. Kulstad recommends that entrepreneurs connect with local incubators for investors, training, and most importantly, mentorship.Dealing With Rejection. When fundraising, the nos far outnumber yeses. Most people are not prepared for that frequency of rejection. It’s important to have reliable mentors that remind you to keep going. This episode is hosted by Rishi Sikka, M.D. He is a guest host for Day Zero and is a Venture Partner at Lifeforce Capital and Professor at Brown University School of Public Health.Relevant Links:Learn more about the Esophageal Temperature Management technologyRead “Significant Milestones in Clinical Development and Continued Fundraising Support Attune Medical’s Aggressive Growth Strategy”
October 18, 2022

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Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council members are influential innovators and entrepreneurs in healthcare who have daily contact with the most interesting and impactful founders. Drawing from their individual body of work, knowledge and experience, each member of our Advisory Council contributes to the curation of unique and compelling stories of founders and their journeys.

-Aaron Martin, EVP and Chief Digital Officer, Providence; Managing General Partner, Providence Ventures

-Julie Yoo, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, Co-founder, Kyruus

-Marcus Osborne, Senior Vice President, Walmart Health

-Lynne Chou O'Keefe, Founder and Managing Partner, Define Ventures

-Suchi Saria, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Bayesian Health

-Nathan Bays, Healthcare M&A, Citi

-Donald Trigg, Former President, Cerner Corporation.

-Rich Roth, SVP and Chief Strategic Officer, CommonSpirit Health

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