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Tech Tonics, the Podcast, is a twice-monthly program focused on the people and passion at the intersection of technology and health. Hosted by Lisa Suennen and David Shaywitz (the co-authors of “Tech Tonics: Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Heal Healthcare With Technology?”) the show draws on their experience in business, medicine, and health-IT.
The Tech Tonics podcast seeks to bring the people in the digital health field to life and, ideally, elevate humanism in a healthcare world captivated by technology. “We deeply believe in what Robert Coles, an inspiration to us both, has termed ‘the call of stories,’” Shaywitz says. Adds Suennen, “Our aspiration is to bring the spirit of Coles and Michael Lewis to the world of digital health.”
Together, Suennen and Shaywitz engage a range of intriguing guests in discussions that enable listeners to appreciate the stories behind the startups and the people behind the passion.
Lisa Suennen is the Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie Consulting, LLC, a firm that provides advisory services to corporate and independent venture capital funds and to large and small companies around investment and product strategy, innovation spin-outs, market development, partnerships and financing. She is currently a member of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board, the Sanofi Integrated Care Advisory Board, the Dignity Health Foundation Board, and an Advisor to the California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund and a member of several private company Boards of Directors.
Dr. David Shaywitz is the Chief Medical Officer of DNAnexus, a company that makes it easier to work with genomic data using advanced bioinformatics and scalable compute systems based on the cloud. He received his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Science, and Technology at Harvard Medical School, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at MIT. He trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and conducted his post-doctoral research in Doug Melton’s lab at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
Tech Tonics, the Podcast is produced by Jason Lopez and syndicated by Connected Social Media. You can also find out more at venturevalkyrie.com and connectedsocialmedia.com.

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Tech Tonics, the Podcast, is a twice-monthly program focused on the people and passion at the intersection of technology and health. Hosted by Lisa Suennen and David Shaywitz (the co-authors of “Tech Tonics: Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Heal Healthcare With Technology?”) the show draws on their experience in business, medicine, and health-IT.
The Tech Tonics podcast seeks to bring the people in the digital health field to life and, ideally, elevate humanism in a healthcare world captivated by technology. “We deeply believe in what Robert Coles, an inspiration to us both, has termed ‘the call of stories,’” Shaywitz says. Adds Suennen, “Our aspiration is to bring the spirit of Coles and Michael Lewis to the world of digital health.”
Together, Suennen and Shaywitz engage a range of intriguing guests in discussions that enable listeners to appreciate the stories behind the startups and the people behind the passion.
Lisa Suennen is the Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie Consulting, LLC, a firm that provides advisory services to corporate and independent venture capital funds and to large and small companies around investment and product strategy, innovation spin-outs, market development, partnerships and financing. She is currently a member of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board, the Sanofi Integrated Care Advisory Board, the Dignity Health Foundation Board, and an Advisor to the California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund and a member of several private company Boards of Directors.
Dr. David Shaywitz is the Chief Medical Officer of DNAnexus, a company that makes it easier to work with genomic data using advanced bioinformatics and scalable compute systems based on the cloud. He received his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Science, and Technology at Harvard Medical School, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at MIT. He trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and conducted his post-doctoral research in Doug Melton’s lab at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
Tech Tonics, the Podcast is produced by Jason Lopez and syndicated by Connected Social Media. You can also find out more at venturevalkyrie.com and connectedsocialmedia.com.

    Tech Tonics: Matthew De Silva, CEO & Founder of Notable Labs

    Tech Tonics: Matthew De Silva, CEO & Founder of Notable Labs

    Matthew De Silva was a macro finance guy working for Peter Thiel’s hedge fund, Clarium Capital, when a family illness profoundly changed the course of his career, leading him to found Notable Labs, a Bay Area startup that aspires to identify better treatments for patients. Matthew had a busy childhood.  Born in Ontario, Canada, his family moved to […]

    Tech Tonics: Nancy Schlichting, Always Unconventional

    Tech Tonics: Nancy Schlichting, Always Unconventional

    Many people have heard of Nancy Schlichting, as she has been part of the fabric of the U.S. healthcare system for nearly 40 years. She has built a long and amazing career as someone who takes chances, makes unconventional choices and leads with her conscience. While her path to success wasn’t always easy, she learned […]

    Tech Tonics: Jim Manzi, Pragmatic Analytics For Business

    Tech Tonics: Jim Manzi, Pragmatic Analytics For Business

    A physics and math wonk from MIT, Jim Manzi figured out early in his career that he loved the application of pragmatic, quantitative approaches to solve pesky real-world business problems, including today, challenges faced by life science and healthcare organizations. Jim’s early life sounds like a Springsteen song, and indeed, he grew up less than 10 feet […]

    Tech Tonics: Jason Lehmbeck of SpecialX – Empathy as a Service

    Tech Tonics: Jason Lehmbeck of SpecialX – Empathy as a Service

    Like many entrepreneurs, he was born with the itch. Jason Lehmbeck grew up around his father and grandfather, both entrepreneurs in their own areas of expertise– dad was a geologist who worked with the mining industry and grandpa had a butcher shop.  He knew that his destiny was to be “one of those guys who […]

    Tech Tonics: Shami Feinglass – Doctor, Policy-Maker, BMX rider

    Tech Tonics: Shami Feinglass – Doctor, Policy-Maker, BMX rider

    Shamiram “Shami” Feinglass, MD, MPH, should have been a born again flower child.  She spent her childhood among the San Francisco royalty that defined the 60’s and 70’s rock and roll culture here in the City by the Bay.  Her single mom raised her while helping found the legendary Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, which was Shami’s first exposure […]

    Tech Tonics: Sam Brasch, A Modern Day Alex P. Keaton at Work

    Tech Tonics: Sam Brasch, A Modern Day Alex P. Keaton at Work

    Born and bred in Mill Valley, California, where we record our podcast, Sam Brasch saw himself as a modern-day Alex P. Keaton – he just wanted to be a business man. He was “that kid” who was reading the Lee Iacocca biography in 4th grade while the other kids played soccer and kickball. Sam got […]

Customer Reviews

lagomer11 ,

Staying up to speed on health tech at the gym was never so fun!

I’ve been a long time listener of this incredibly informative and humorous podcast. It always cuts through the hype (of which there is plenty) and offers a pragmatic perspective on what is really happening in the health tech industry (the good, the bad and the ugly). A must listen for health tech entrepreneurs who want to learn from past industry mistakes. Thank you, David and Lisa!

J. Barshop ,

Insightful, entertaining and actionable

As the Healthcare industry continues to rapidly evolve, Lisa, David and their amazing guests give listeners an unfair advantage when it comes to staying ahead of the curve.

I feel completely at home here - bowled over by brilliant advice and nourishing conversations - and can confidently say that I walk away from each episode with a nugget of gold. Highly recommend listening and subscribing to Tech Tonics - keep up the great work guys!

wlmbusiness ,

Smart. Thoughtful. Human. Relevant.

Intelligent discussions, peppered with wit and repartee, that bring listeners compelling stories from the key people and companies transforming healthcare and life sciences via technology. I learn and get inspired every time I listen.

Lisa and David are brilliant, accomplished industry experts, yet completely accessible in their style and approach, which helps listeners feel like they're at the table as guests share their intriguing and highly relevant business and life stories. And, even though Lisa and David's styles come across as very conversational, trust that they never shy away from asking the tough questions, such as: "How is your business really different"? "What's your actual deliverable?" "Why did you do this, versus that?" etc. Great stuff.

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