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The Business of Reproductive Medicine is Ripe for Investors and Entrepreneurs
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The Business of Reproductive Medicine is Ripe for Investors and Entrepreneurs

When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Cooley LLP
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York  10036
United States
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The Business of Reproductive Medicine is Ripe for Investors and Entrepreneurs:

How FemTech, Genetics & Consumers are Driving Change


Disruptive forces are converging on the business of family planning, a field that touches on hundreds of millions in the US and billions of lives globally. These trends are changing how we plan our reproductive lives and creating once-in-a generation opportunities for business innovators and investors. 

FemTech, or female technology, an emerging sector that primarily addresses women's health, including fertility solutions, period-tracking apps, pregnancy and nursing care, women’s sexual wellness, and reproductive system health care is exciting venture investors and consumers. Fundamental advances in genomics, microfluidics and Big Data/ Artificial Intelligence are giving us new tools for realizing our personal goals. Business models are shifting as a fragmented mom-and-pop industry consolidates, standardizes and scales. Nowhere in medicine is the fight over affordable access to care and who pays for it more controversial.

CBSACNY is proud to offer its members an opportunity to hear the perspectives of leaders at the cutting edge of this business (see list of panelists and bios below), who will address how the technological advances are driving business innovation and opportunities.

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:30 pm (networking opportunities before and after the panel presenstation; light refreshments served)
Location: Cooley LLC, 1114 Ave of Americas (West 43rd Street), New York, NY 10036
Tickets:  $30 for CBSACNY members; $20 for CBSACNY student members; $45 for non-members; $60 at the door.

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David Sable, MD (moderator), has spent decades in the worlds of business, medicine, academics and journalism. He is currently the life sciences portfolio manager for the Special Situations Funds, and an adjunct in the department of biological sciences at Columbia University, where he teaches entrepreneurship in biotechnology at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. David’s previous experiences are too varied to list here in full, and ranged from co-founding and selling successful reproductive medicine clinics—one to St Barnabas Medical Center in NJ and another to Cooper Surgical—to working as a trader for Deutsche Bank. He is board certified in both obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive technology.

Alan Copperman, MD, will speak on how science is driving business opportunities. He is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Copperman serves as Medical Director of RMA of New York, one of the largest and most prestigious IVF Centers in the country, and as the Chief Medical Officer of Sema4 Genomics, an innovative health information company dedicated to empowering healthier living through data.

Susan Hertzberg, CEO of Prelude Fertility, has more than 25 years of diversified strategic and results-oriented experience in healthcare. In 2014 she received the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year™ award and sits on the Founders Affiliate Board of the American Heart Association and the Board of Directors for Susan received her MBA from Columbia University. She is the mother of two awesome millennials.

Mylene Yao, MD, is CEO and co-founder of Univfy, which combines healthcare artificial intelligence and fintech to dramatically improve fertility patients’ experience, expand affordability of treatment, and maximize a woman’s chances of having a baby from IVF. She is a board-certified Ob/Gyn with over 20 years of experience in clinical and scientific research in reproductive medicine and previously was on the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine.

Anne Morriss, CEO and co-founder, Genepeeks, has an intimate understanding of the urgent need for better genetic information; after using a sperm donor, Anne gave birth to a son with a rare genetic condition that could have been prevented with GenePeeks technology.  Anne received her BA in American studies from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has helped to launch and grow multiple technology companies with a focus on expanding entrepreneurship in developing economies. Anne served as a senior advisor with the OTF Group, founded the Concire Leadership Institute and is the best-selling co-author of “Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business” (Harvard Business Review Press). Anne has appeared on major TV news programs to discuss Genepeeks and its mission and regularly speaks on the intersection of service, leadership and innovation.

Rebecca Kaden is a partner at Union Square Ventures where she collaborates with early-stage entrepreneurs building the next generation of great consumer businesses. Previously, she was a partner at Maveron where she invested in and worked with brands such as Allbirds, Periscope, Dia & Co, and Eargo. She is passionate about how technology can help scale consumer businesses and brands faster than ever before and partnering with entrepreneurs, helping build them from the earliest days.



Thank you to Cooley LLP and partner Wendy Goldstein for providing the wonderful venue for this event. 
Organized by the CBSACNY Healthcare Committee

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