Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Forum

Join us for an interactive Healthcare and Life Sciences Forum at Spark + AI Summit. In this free virtual event, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers and participate in engaging panel discussions with industry leaders from A16Z, Optum, Mercy Health, Regeneron, and Genomics England on how data analytics and machine learning are driving innovation across the entire healthcare ecosystem. This live event is available on a first-come-first-serve basis and has limited capacity. The recording will be available on-demand shortly after.

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About Dr. Binu Mathew


Dr. Mathew is an adult Internal Medicine hospitalist physician, practicing at Mercy Hospital St. Louis since 2007. He also serves as the Vice President of Medical Intelligence and Analytics, where he leads a team of highly talented individuals who possess skills and knowledge in the key domains of clinical practice, EPIC backend build/ functionality, database architecture/visualization and machine learning/predictive analytics. Dr. Mathew and his team are passionate about gathering nuggets of insight from millions of rows of data that enable providers to make better clinical decisions, executives to strategize, and overall enrich the lives of all those who consume their solutions.

About Sanji Fernando


SANJI FERNANDO is a senior vice president at Optum, where he leads the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Analytics Platforms team for Optum Enterprise Analytics (OEA). He is responsible for developing platforms that support the design and development of leading edge AI models and analytic tools for the enterprise.

Previously, Sanji was a vice president at OptumLabs and led the OptumLabs Center for Applied Data Science (CADS). The CADS team applied breakthroughs in AI and machine learning to solve complex health care challenges for UnitedHealth Group (UHG) by developing and deploying software product concepts. CADS pioneered using deep learning to streamline administrative processes in revenue cycle management and developed graph analytics tools to support provider network design, among other innovations.

Sanji joined OptumLabs in 2014 from Nokia, where he created Nokia’s first data science team. His team launched the first big data computing cluster at Nokia, using cluster derived insights on user activity and engagement to design new product concepts. Before that, Sanji spent 9 years at Nokia in a variety of corporate roles with Nokia’s Multimedia Division, Nokia Research Center and Nokia Ventures.

Prior to Nokia, Sanji was a co-founder and VP of Engineering at Vettro, a venture-backed mobile software company. Sanji began his career in consulting with Viant and Accenture.

Sanji is a graduate of Trinity College with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and their three boys. In his free time, Sanji enjoys coaching his sons in basketball and baseball. He also serves on the board of his local Little League.

About Joanne Hackett, PhD

IZY Capital

Joanne M. Hackett leads the Healthcare Practice at IZY Capital where she works with, incubates and grows the next generation of world leading innovators.

Professor Hackett is a clinical academic, entrepreneur, investor, and a strategic, creative visionair with global experience spanning successful start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Aside from her curious passion for life and positivity, Joanne is known for building innovation, driving personalised medicine and leading through fast paced, complex changing ecosystems and integrations. Joanne's goal is to contribute in bringing the world novel, cost effective and simple health care solutions, and she is particularly keen on building the case for prevention, open science and citizen genomics. She has extensive global experience across academic, business and clinical institutions, and enjoys sharing her experiences with the Boards she sits on as well as companies she provides strategic advice to.

Joanne has been publicly recognised for her relentless pursuit of revolutionising healthcare and has recently been named one of the top six Influential Leaders in Healthcare by CIO Look, the Accenture Life Science Leader of the year 2019, Freshfields Top 100 Most Influential Women 2019, One HealthTech 2018 Top 70 Women in the NHS, Pharmaceutical Market Europe’s 2018 30 women leaders in UK healthcare and BioBeat 2017 Top 50 Women in Biotech Award. Joanne believes in human courage and perseverance against the odds, and demonstrates that positive change, whether in a company or in one’s personal life, can be carved out from even the greatest of trials. As a believer of ‘health = wealth’, Joanne is an internationally known yoga instructor.

About Dr. Jeff Reid

Regeneron Genetics Center

Dr. Reid is the head of genome informatics at the Regeneron Genetics Center where he leads a team developing and applying novel large-scale computational analysis tools, systems, and methods to produce and analyze large genomic data sets with the goal of making precision medicine a reality. His primary focus is on maximizing the impact that the integration of EHR-derived phenotypes and genomic data can have in providing biological insights to drive drug discovery and improve patient outcomes. Dr. Reid has worked in all aspects of large-scale genomic sequence data production and analysis, and using his background in computational physics, has been an evangelist for cloud computing in genomics and he thoughtful application of data science techniques to next-generation sequencing problems. Dr. Reid received his Ph.D. in physics from The University of Washington and his Bachelor’s degree from Harvey Mudd College. He lives in Stamford, Connecticut with his husband Jim and three cats Sabrina, Lyndon, and and Emile.

About Julie Yoo


Julie Yoo is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she leads investments in healthcare technology, with a focus on companies that are modernizing how we access, pay for, and experience the healthcare system. Prior to joining a16z, Julie was the co-founder, Chief Product Officer, and Board Director at Kyruus, a venture-backed healthtech company recognized as a market leader in patient access. Julie led product management, engineering, and sales and marketing for the company, and helped scale the business to reach 20M patients and over 225,000 healthcare providers across the U.S. Julie was previously VP of Product at Generation Health, and was with the company from its inception through acquisition by CVS Health. Julie was also a Product Manager at Knome, the world's first whole genome sequencing service for private individuals. Julie’s tech career began as an early member of the software engineering team at Endeca Technologies, which was acquired by Oracle. Julie studied computer science and pre-medicine as an undergrad at MIT and obtained an MS in genomics from Harvard-MIT HST and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Julie is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and has been recognized through numerous awards and honors from Becker’s Hospital Review, Health Data Management, MedTech Boston, and Rock Health.