Health FWD

A day-long event that brings together startups, investors, leaders from Mayo Clinic, and community members to discuss new opportunities and innovations in health care.

December 2, 2022 | Rochester, MN
Mayo Civic Center



John Halamka, M.D., M.S.
President, Mayo Clinic Platform

Eva Morava-Kozicz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medical Genetics and Consultant Clinical Genomics, Maggie's Pearl

Ethan Perlstein, Ph.D.
CEO, Maggie's Pearl

Community Connector Spotlight

Gloria Olivier, Ph.D.
Corporate Development Director, Mayo Clinic Ventures

Amrika Ramjewan
Principal Business Strategist, Mayo Clinic Innovation Exchange

Filip Kostal
Startup Principal, Medical Alley Association

Ann Schulte, CFA
Lead Executive in Residence, UMN Discovery Launch Pad

Patrick Seeb
Executive Director, Destination Medical Center

Wes Wierson, Ph.D.
CEO, LEAH Labs, Mayo Clinic Hatchery

Startup Stories Panel

Dean Freestone, Ph.D.
CEO, Seer Medical

Stephen Russell M.D., Ph.D.
CEO, Vyriad and Imanis Life Sciences

Richard Ehman, M.D.
CEO, Resoundant

Ann Holder
CEO, Marani Health


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.Welcome Address: The Digital Transformation of Health Care
John Halamka, M.D., M.S.
9:30 - 10:20 a.m.Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate Startup Showcase
Demos by startups who are transforming health care with their innovative digital solutions

10:20 - 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 - 11:40 a.m.Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate Startup Showcase
Demos by startups who are transforming health care with their innovative digital solutions

AESOP Technology
SOAP Health
Predicta Med
11:40 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.Keynote: Can Japanese Cinnamon Improve Outcomes in a Rare Disease?
Eva Morava-Kozicz, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medical Genetics, Mayo Clinic
Ethan Perlstein, Ph.D., CEO, Maggie's Pearl
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Mayo Clinic Startup Stories
Panel Discussion

Seer Medical
2:30 - 2:50 p.m.Community Connector Spotlight
Mayo Clinic Ventures
Mayo Clinic Innovation Exchange
Destination Medical Center
2:50 - 3:00 p.m.Break
3:00 - 4:35 p.m.Walleye Tank
Life science pitch competition for emerging and established medical and life science companies
4:35 - 4:55 p.m.Community Connector Spotlight
Medical Alley
Discovery Launch Pad
4:55 - 5:00 p.m.Walleye Tank Results & Closing Remarks
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.Networking Reception

Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate companies

AESOP, which stands for Ai-Enhanced Safety of Prescription, was founded in 2020.

We aim to optimize the clinical decision support process with more flexible AI-powered technology to improve patient safety and medical coding quality.

CEO: An-Jim Long, Ph.D.

Biotia is a healthtech company launched from Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in association with Weill Cornell Medicine, located in New York, NY.

It leverages DNA sequencing-based technology and proprietary AI-powered software to rapidly and accurately identify microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance.

CEO: Niamh O’Hara, Ph.D.

Delfina Care is an integrated pregnancy data platform for patients and providers that enables continuous care based on individualized patient risk.

The platform incorporates data from the pregnant user, her electronic health records, and remote monitoring provided by Delfina, ultimately facilitating real-time bi-directional interactions, guidance, and individualized support from provider to patient.

CEO: Senan Ebrahim, M.D, Ph.D.

Dynocardia has developed a proprietary method to directly measure systolic and diastolic BP based on spatiotemporal-force distribution on blood vessel walls and surrounding tissue.

CPO: Jose Wong

The ImpriMed platform first launched in the veterinary oncology space which moves at a significantly higher speed than the human oncology market and allows easy access to comprehensive patient data.

ImpriMed has helped 200+ veterinary oncologists in 30 states to deliver personalized treatments to their canine lymphoma and leukemia patients. Apart from providing veterinarians with a cutting-edge tool to help man’s best friend, ImpriMed’s experience has paved the way for the company to launch its validated platform into the human oncology space.

CEO: Sungwon Lim

Predicta Med was founded in 2020 by Shlomit Steinberg-Koch, CEO, and Benny Getz, CTO.

Shlomit and Benny have recognized the huge challenge in the diagnostic process of autoimmune diseases, a process that today, on average, can take at least four different doctors and more than four years to make a definite diagnosis. These patients are enduring a frustrating journey through the medical system, in addition to incurring huge costs to the healthcare system. Predicta Med is dedicated to connecting the dots of undiagnosed diseases, to empower primary care physicians, and most importantly, to improve the lives of patients.

CEO: Shlomit Steinberg-Koch

SOAP’s Perfect Medical Assistant™ is an EHR-integrated, conversational AI-powered patient and physician-facing interface for more accurate and comprehensive patient data collection and analysis; an unrelenting focus on improving patient outcomes and eliminating administrative burdens.

Artfully designed and expertly built with physicians and their patients in mind, the Perfect Medical Assistant™ will surely make practicing medicine more rewarding and satisfying with fewer administrative tasks.

CEO- Steven Charlap, M.D.

Walleye Tank

Walleye Tank is Minnesota’s life science pitch competition providing an educational and promotional opportunity for emerging and established medical and life science companies. The Walleye Tank competition focuses on removing barriers for entrepreneurs. We work hard to curate our audience with investors, subject matter experts, service providers, job seekers, and mentors that will help you accelerate your business forward.

Learn more about Walleye Tank at

Walleye Tank Judges

Diane Rucker, EMBA
Executive Director / CEO, University Enterprise Labs

Jim Willenbring, CPCC, PCC
Principal/Founder, Willenbring Consulting LLC

Waleed Brinjikji, M.D.
Neuroradiologist, Mayo Clinic

Martha Sewall
Executive in Residence, UMN Discovery Launch Pad

Chris Jeffers
CEO, Mayflower BioVentures

Christine Horton
CEO, Visura Technologies

Helena Mendes-Soares, Ph.D. MBA
Director of Clinical Products, OneOme

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, St. Catherine University

Jon Behringer
Senior Licensing and Commercialization Manager, Mayo Clinic Ventures

Perry Hacket, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Minnesota

Xavier Frigola Baro, MBA
Investment Analyst, Mayo Clinic Treasury Services



Please find an event team member

Abigail Anderson
Administrative Assistant
Mayo Clinic Platform

Atul Dhanorker
Technical Success Manager
Mayo Clinic Platform Partner Programs

Steve Ekker, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship

Rena Hale, Ph.D.
Entrepreneurial Education Program Coordinator
Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship

Chris Minter, Ph.D.
Senior Education Specialist
Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate

Jamie Sundsbak
Partner Relationship Manager
Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate

Zach WareJoncas
Program Success Manager
Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate

Kathy Wendt
Education Administration Coordinator
Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate

If you are attending online, please email or message the organizers in Vevox.