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Pharma 2.0- What's Ahead

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Agenda-
6:00-6:45PM - Networking and Snacks

6:45-7:05PM - Overview and Group Discussion

7:05-8:35PM - Panel Discussion: "Pharma 2.0- What's Ahead"

8:35-8:55PM - Networking with Panelists and Closing

Pharmacy practice has evolved from a product dispensing and advice-on-request service to a patient-centered, pro-active medication management process. Theoretically, this means improved compliance, reduced medication errors, fewer adverse events, and more effective treatment, and ultimately, reduced health care costs. Our panelists will highlight technologies they are applying right now to enable this transformation. They'll also offer insights on what's working, what's not and what's ahead including highlights of UCSF's innovative robotics pharmacy implementation.

Moderator: Geetha Rao, PhD
Geetha Rao is the CEO of Springborne Life Sciences. She is an experienced entrepreneur, executive, and strategic advisor. Currently, she also serves as Vice President of Corporate Development at Triple Ring Technologies, an innovator in medical, aerospace, and security technologies, as well as several start-up and non-profit advisory boards. Previously, she was Chief Corporate Development Officer at Molecular Image, Inc., a personalized medicine diagnostic company and President and CEO of Norgren Systems, a biotechnology/drug discovery automation company. Dr. Rao is active with several entrepreneur-support organizations, including Astia (formerly Women’s Technology Cluster), MIT/Stanford Venture Lab. Previously she has been guest faculty on Stanford University’s Biodesign Innovation Program and on the Advisory Committee for UCSC Extension’s Medical Device Certificate Program. Dr. Rao is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, holds a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where she was a Sloan Fellow.

Panelists:
Scarlett S. Eckert, Pharm. D, Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations, UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Scarlett Eckert earned her Doctor of Pharmacy from University of the Pacific (many years ago – she is not telling how long ago) and is currently the Assistant Director for Pharmacy Operations at UCSF Mission Bay Campus. Before coming to UCSF, Scarlett has been the director of pharmacy for a number of hospitals in southern California. Mission Bay Pharmacy is her 5th Pharmacy department design and build and her 3rd NEW building build, she design, built and implemented this state of the arts new robotic automated pharmacy located on the Mission Bay campus. This facility services UCSF medical center’s two hospital campuses for a total of 727 beds and will also service the new Children’s cancer center when opened in 2014 at Mission Bay.

Rashaun P. Sourles, CEO, Needl.com Rashaun P. Sourles is the CEO & co-founder of Needl, the first in-App Q&A engine for mobile Apps used by healthcare professionals. Needl is a recent graduate of the TechStars healthcare accelerator Blueprint Health in NYC. Prior to founding Needl, Rashaun spent seven years with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as an account manager in teaching hospitals and integrated health systems across the midwest. In his time with J&J, Rashaun earned the "President’s Circle" designation, putting him in the top 10% of J&J sales representatives worldwide. Rashaun graduated from Northwestern University in 2004 with a BA in History. He is currently an MS candidate in the Learning & Organizational Change program in the Graduate School of Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University.

Nancy Dougherty, Hardware Designer-Proteus Biomedical Proteus creates intelligent medicine systems that wirelessly record and communicate medication adherence and biometric data. Nancy designs body-worn personal monitoring systems, and also works with the User Experience team to create novel and impactful ways to use the data collected by the system. While obtaining her Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, she worked on technology projects all over the world. After helping to found a technology company in Ethiopia, she was inspired help create health solutions that could have truly global impact. With a passion for psychology, behavior design, and sensors, she joined Proteus Biomedical to fuse data and design to create groundbreaking new wellness systems.

Gil Silberman, Chief Technologist, PillJogger, Inc. A venture stage startup, PillJogger’s flagship service is a server-backed mobile application that reminds and encourages people to take their medicines, rewards them when they do, and coordinates incentives and adherence records with health providers and others with a stake in their patients’ wellbeing. A graduate of Princeton engineering and Berkeley Law, Gil has variously advised, founded, managed, programmed, patented, funded and sold numerous startup technology companies, as well as a restaurant, creative agency, and a law firm.