Introduction: Our first Aging2.0 meeting will be held in Boston on October 17, 2012. We are being hosted by the wonderful Redstar Ventures Team, who are incubating some innovative ideas in this space, and hosted an excellent salon on business opportunities in aging at the end of last year. I regularly point people interested in getting up to speed with the key business issues in this space to watch that video - it's really well done.
Background: Aging2.0 (@agingtoo, #aging2) is a global network of innovators working in the 50+ market. We are creating an interdisciplinary, collaborative community of people from business, research, policy, design and technology, together with older adults themselves in order to advance innovation and improve the quality of life.
Our events bring people together informally over drinks and good discussion. We generally run from 6-9pm, which includes a networking break, and generally include talks from 'thought leaders' about interesting themes in the space followed by short (5-minute) pitches from startup companies in the space.
Event Details: Wednesday, October 17th 2012 from 6-9 pm at Redstar Ventures, which is located in Kendall Square, near MIT.
One Kendall Square
Building 400, B4202
Boston, MA 02139
Registration required and space is limited.
(Big Picture talk:) Steven Gullans, PhD, Managing Director, Excel Venture Management
Topic: Is it Time to Consider an Upgrade?
Steve is an experienced investor, entrepreneur, writer, and scientist. At Excel, he focuses on life science technology companies with a particular interest in disruptive platforms that can impact multiple industries. He is currently a board director at Activate Networks, Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, PathoGenetix, nanoMR, Cleveland HeartLab, and Catch.com and previously at BioTrove, Biocius, and RxGen, where he was co-founder and CEO.
Steve was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital for nearly 20 years. He has published more than 130 scientific papers in many leading journals, lectured internationally, and co-authored numerous patents. He and Juan Enriquez recently co-authored Homo evolutis: A Short Tour of Our New Species, which describes the future of human evolution, as well as a recent commentary in Nature entitled Genetically Enhance Olympics are Coming.
(Pitch:) Ed Rose, CEO, Serality
Ed has 25 years of experience focused on using technology to improve existing products, processes and business models in a variety of industries. Ed has a proven track record of working with world-class investors and leading companies to successful outcomes. Ed divides his time between Chicago (where his 106 year old grandmother lives) and Hopkinton.
Serality is the leading provider of community-management software and private online communities for organizations whose missions include serving older adults. The company’s integrated tools enable communities to be more efficient with their resources and more effective in fulfilling their missions.
(Pitch:) Sombit Mishra, Founder and CEO, QMedic
Sombit Mishra is the Founder and CEO of QMedic, a smart home health monitoring solution that protects seniors even when they are unable to press the emergency button. Developed at MIT, QMedic's wrist-worn device automatically detects abnormal behaviors and signs of health decline, and provides these alerts to caregivers via their smartphone or tablet. QMedic detects whether the senior is wearing/not wearing the device, inactive, and/or outside the home for extended periods. The solution includes a waterproof emergency button and 24-7 access to emergency call center services. To learn more, visit www.qmedichealth.com.
(Pitch:) Renee Fry-Hawker, Founder, MakingCareEasier
Making Care Easier (MCE) is a one-stop application which lets families coordinate care, find and buy products and services, share information and take action. From finding resources to deal with mom's recovery from her stroke to coordinating care around dad's worsening dementia, MCE saves time, provides actionable information and helps families share burden of care. Our solutions help families coordinate care and find and purchase the right products and services for the right situation at the right time.MCE's unique approach provides tools so that everyone (no matter how far away) can be an active part of caregiving.
Renee M. Fry leads the Making Care Easier team. Prior to founding MCE, Renee led the Philips North America New Business Initiatives. She was a senior staff member during Gov. Mitt Romney's administration where she oversaw his cabinet and led the state's business and technology efforts. Renee is currently the president of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board New England (HBSAB). She was the chair of the HBSAB New Venture Contest and a board member of the Ignite Clean Energy Contest. She served as the director of business development for the Charles River Ventures funded Celarix, Inc. She holds an undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
(Pitch:) Paul Franzosa, PodiMetrics
Paul Franzosa is a leader and technologist specializing in embedding electronics and software into smart devices. Since 1984, he has spent his career in product development, bringing novel technologies to market, building and leading teams at startups, and managing engineering in diverse, international, cross-disciplinary environments covering industries that includes toys, consumer products, healthcare, industrial, wireless, and public transit. He is a co-inventor on a number of technology patents. Paul is currently heading up Podimetrics' Product Development effort to make a healthy feet system for diabetics. He is also acting as technology and product development consultant and mentor for a variety of startups in the greater Boston area.
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Aging2.0 is a global organization on a mission to accelerate innovation that will improve the lives of older adults around the world. Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports innovators through its global chapter network, consumer research panel, conferences, Aging2.0 Academy startup program and the Generator Ventures fund. In less than three years, Aging2.0 has become the premier platform for discovering and cultivating innovations focused on aging and long-term care.