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MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum speaker lineup features innovative healthcare leaders, investors and entrepreneurs

MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, to take place April 22-23 in Chicago, unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with promising Mid-America based startups. The event showcases emerging innovation and technology dealflow originating in the Midwest, and has earned the reputation as the premier healthcare investing conference.

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MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum, to take place April 22-23 in Chicago, unites active investors with corporate business development executives to facilitate investment opportunities with promising Mid-America based startups.

The event showcases emerging innovation and technology dealflow originating in the Midwest, and has earned the reputation as the premier healthcare investing conference. This year, MedCity News has partnered with MidAmerica Healthcare Investors Network in producing the event.

More information and to register.

The speaker lineup reflects a stellar program and some of the industry’s most influential and innovative leaders. View all speakers.

Keynote speakers are Mike Swinford, President and CEO of GE Global Healthcare Services, and James A. Rogers III, Chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures.

There will be a panel discussion focusing on the opportunities and challenges in digital health, with speakers that include:

  • Julie Kling, Director of mHealth at Verizon Wireless
  • Jack Young, Director Qualcomm Life Fund, Qualcomm Ventures
  • Amy Len, Director at Healthbox

The panel will be moderated by Neil Versel (@nversel), a journalist specializing in Health IT.

View conference agenda.

As the national venture capital landscape continues to change dramatically in the new healthcare economy, another panel features venture capitalists, investors and other experts discussing the state of venture investing in 2014 and beyond:

  • Margarita Chavez, Director, Venture Investments AbbVie Biotech Ventures
  • John Taylor, Head of Research, National Venture Capital Association
  • Bill Gantz, President of PathoCapital
  • Kathleen Tune, Partner at Thomas, McNerney & Partners and co-chair of the conference, will moderate the panel.

Early-bird rate ends March 10 – register now for best savings.

Crowdfunding and the Jobs Act in Healthcare is the topic of a unique two-hour special session, broadcast live on MedCityNews.com. The session will bring together national thought leaders, including healthcare startups that have received funding, organizers of crowdfunding outlets and others for a series of conversations about approaching crowdfunding in healthcare.

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These experts will discuss the pros, cons, opportunities and approaches to make crowdfunding work in healthcare:

  • Andrew Farquharson (@AndrewFark), Managing Director and Co-Founder, Venture Healthcare
  • Charles Luzar (@charlesluzar), Director, CrowdfundInsider.com
  • Andrew Dix (@AndrewRDix), Co-Founder, Crowded Media Group
  • Alex Fair (@alexbfair), Founder and CEO, MedStartr.com
  • Scott McIntyre, Founder, Phabriq Development

I, along with Deanna Pogorelc (@DeannaJour231) of MedCity News, will be moderating the crowdfunding session—which is sure to be lively and informative.

More information – register by March 10 and save.

Brad Fluegel, Senior VP and Chief Strategy Officer of Walgreens, and Pamela Peele, Ph.D., Chief Analytics Officer at UPMC Insurance Services Division, will be featured Fireside Chat speakers. Moderators will be Bruce Japsen (@brucejapsen), Healthcare Writer, Forbes, and Andrew Wang (@andrewwang13), Healthcare Reporter, Crain’s Chicago Business.

View conference agenda.

In addition to the above, MidAmerica Forum features Company Showcase presentations from 30 hand-selected, elite startups. There will be three sessions focusing on Pharma & Biotech, Medical Device & Diagnostics, and Digital Health & Health IT. The list of presenting companies will be posted in a couple of weeks.

This year’s MidAmerica Healthcare Venture Forum already has sponsors including the likes of GE Capital Healthcare Financial Services, Armentum Partners, Advamed, Square 1 Bank, Capital Royalty and StoneArch.

We are now just eight weeks away, and the early-bird rate ends March 10. The conference is gathering momentum and has attracted lots of investors, business execs and startups so far. MidAmerica Forum is one of the best investments you can make—so register before the rates go up.

I will look forward to meeting you in Chicago.

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