Meet the Money: What Investors Want Now
Special Focused Event
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
- Networking Breakfast 8:00 AM
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The Innovation Institute
620 Newport Center Dr., 7th Fl., Newport Beach, CA 92660

Increasingly, today's healthcare financers are inventing new investment models that equal the innovative spirit displayed by their portfolio companies. These include incubators, accelerators, funds focused on niches, and private equity funds. To put you at the epicenter of understanding this trend, we'll hear from the healthcare portfolio leaders of some of the most creative of these firms about their unique approaches to capitalizing and growing companies that are leveraging technology to provide Better and Smarter Healthcare. Our speakers will be:

Barry Didato

Our host, Barry Didato, is the Chief Investment Officer of The Innovation Institute. Together with TII's Enterprise Development Group and the Growth Fund, the Lab is incubating companies with transformational ideas, and commercializing them into valuable products and services. Now funded by five major hospital systems, including St. Joseph's and Bon Secours, Barry brings to TII his 14 years of global experience as the Director of Strategic Investment for the Saudi Royal Family.

Bill Carpou

OCTANe's CEO Bill Carpou is building on the regional accelerator's national reputation for fueling innovation and growing businesses by recently launching the Visionary Venture Fund and Advisory Board, which is focused exclusively on accelerating ophthalmology innovation in The OC and throughout the industry. OCTANe's LaunchPadTM has enabled over a thousand tech companies to raise over $1 billion in investment capital, creating over 4,000 jobs in The OC.

Tom Giles

Tom Giles, as Frost Data Capital's General Partner for Healthcare, is leveraging his management experience with IBM's Watson for Healthcare, as Frost transforms the VC and incubator world. By focusing on Big Data analytics companies, and partnering with multi-national Strategics who co-invest time and money to create in-demand companies, Frost is creating one of the largest ecosystems of related Big Data startups in the world.

Scott Hutchinson

Scott Hutchinson, with StoneCreek Capital, has learned to "de-risk the deal" in the over 50 transactions he's shepherded through to a strategic exit or IPO. He'll share lessons learned as an investor on his Journey with MediPacs, a med device company that he's financially nurtured since its corporate life began through tech transfer, to financings with Friends & Family, High Net Worth Investors, and Series A, B, and C rounds.

John Lanier

John Lanier, has leveraged his doctorate in Strategic Leadership as a Partner with Excellere Partners, a Denver-based, middle-market private equity firm with a "buy-and-build" approach to value-creation. Through examples of their current and exited investments, John will share their healthcare investment priorities, and the entrepreneurial traits they've found to be the most alluring to private equity sponsors. John will be joined by Excellere principal Eric Mattson.

Ed Gibson

Ed Gibson, CEO of Gibson Investment Group, Inc., is a serial entrepreneur/private equity investor who formed GIG in 2005, to acquire, reinvent, and operate IT and healthcare services firms. In 9 years, Ed transformed his acquisition of an insolvent group of five oncologists into the multi-specialty Cancer Treatment Centers of Oklahoma, which he sold to US Oncology/ McKesson Specialty Health – for a 11x cash-on-cash return. Doing it again, re recently purchased IQ Logic, an IT software firm.

Dirk Soenksen

And, to see how these investors respond to a "pitch" in real-time, Dirk Soenksen, CEO of Ceresti Health, will present this innovative company that blends technology with expertise to improve the experience of family caregivers living with Alzheimer's and other dementias in their home. With his last company, Aperio, Dirk raised several rounds of financing before successfully exiting to a Strategic, Danaher's Leica Biosystems (Danaher is #149 on the Fortune 500).


Register today to ensure your seat at this fast-paced, informative, and inspiring session!

Pricing Information
ABL Members FREE
1st Registered Members Guest* FREE until March 22, 2016
Open Registration  
- Early Bird – payment must be received by Tues., March 22, 2016 $195
- Payments received after Tues., March 22, 2016 $295
*Members' Guests must be a Board Member, Direct Report, or Prospective Member (i.e., a President, CEO, COO, or Division President/GM with P&L responsibility).
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