Diagnostics: Investments

Investors Seeking Diagnostic Innovation

Moderator: James Bates, CEO, AdviNOW Medical; Board Member, View Inc; Board Member, Arbe Robotics
Panelists:
Lavanya Bhamidipati, MBA, Investment Associate, InHealth Ventures
Jun Deng, PhD, Investment Partner, Joyance Partners
Steve Seuntjens, MiM, Partner, Personal Health Solutions
Prachi Sinha, MBA, Healthcare Investment Head, Axilor Ventures


Early detection is essential to disease management, and in many cases, can be the difference between successful treatment and an unknown prognosis. Understanding investment strategies is key to bringing AI-enabled diagnostic technology to the market. This panel provides investor insight to help early-stage companies working with AI and diagnostic capabilities to successfully advance their product and start saving lives through fast, accurate, and accessible diagnoses.

Panelist Bios

James Bates, CEO, AdviNOW Medical; Board Member, View Inc; Board Member, Arbe Robotics (Moderator)
James Bates is an accomplished CEO, entrepreneur, and board member who has created and led high-growth plans for a number of technology companies. Presently, Bates is CEO and Founder of AdviNow Medical (ANM), the world’s first Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality driven automated medical visit platform. James conceptualized the idea, wrote the fundamental patents, raised $16 million in capital, recruited the team, and launched the company. Today, ANM leads the world in medical automation. Previously, James was an officer at Freescale/ NXP responsible for the $1 billion revenues Analog and Sensor Group the world leader in self-driving vehicle technologies. Earlier in his career, James founded the Asia Pacific region for Silicon Labs where he was responsible for driving growth that eclipsed $500M in just 3 short years. James serves on multiple boards and advisory boards. Among them is View, the leader in automated tinting windows that incorporates a complete AI managed building automation system. Sophatar is also of note as a location-based screen management/ advertising company that pioneered personalizing the shopping and dining experience. James also serves for Arizona State Universities College of Nursing and Health Innovation. James earned his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, from Brigham Young University. He is fluent in Japanese, lived in Tokyo for twelve years, holds nine patents, and has written in the Proceedings of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, and other technical leading conferences and publications. He resides in the Paradise Valley, Arizona, and enjoys family, sports, and particularly hiking.

Lavanya Bhamidipati, MBA, Investment Associate, InHealth Ventures
Lavanya started her career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company in Mumbai, where she specialized in strategy and turnaround projects. Lavanya later went on to work at The Hindu, one of India’s leading newspapers where she worked on multiple strategic initiatives, including supporting and building two in-house ventures, as part of the CEO’s office. Lavanya holds an MBA from London Business School and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi.

Jun Deng, PhD, Investment Partner, Joyance Partners
Jun has over a decade of experience in biomedical research and years of experience in venture capital investment. Jun shapes strategy for health-tech and bio-tech related investments, leads the “Inception” program for academies and universities, and has led more than a dozen investments across the US and Europe. So far, Jun has been involved in 50+ investments in technology and life science innovation. Jun received her PhD in molecular physiology at UCLA. She is also an investor at Health Tech Capital, a mentor at Singularity University, and an Investment Partner at Social Starts.

Steve Seuntjens, Partner, Personal Health Solutions
Stephen Seuntjens holds a Masters in International Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and has over 20 years of global experience in building and developing new businesses, both organically as well as through M&A (buy & sell). He has worked and lived in Minneapolis, Tel Aviv, London and Amsterdam. This experience includes both executive positions in multinationals as well as entrepreneurial endeavors. Companies he has supported include Mind CTI, and Israeli-based, Nasdaq-listed software billing provider; Shapeways, as US-based portal company allowing creatives to realize their objects through 3D printing and Directlife, a Dutch company part of Royal Philips Electronics, motivating individuals to become more physically active through monitoring and coaching. Prior to PHS Capital, Stephen Seuntjens was CEO of Philips Lifestyle Incubator. Lifestyle Incubator invests in both service and product concepts within the wellbeing/consumer health domain.

Prachi Sinha, MBA, Healthcare Investment Head, Axilor Ventures
Prachi Sinha heads Healthcare Investments at Axilor. Prachi is most passionate about working with entrepreneurs on business model viability, go to market strategies, corporate partnerships, and clean regulatory pathways. She believes the gap in India’s healthcare capabilities and resources can be bridged only through innovation. To that end, she has a specific interest in new commerce models and science-backed ideas. Prachi has a decade of public policy and consulting experience in organizations including Janaagraha and McKinsey. She is an MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB) and an economics graduate from Fergusson College, Pune.