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: Stacy Feld – Innovating Where the Consumer Meets Life Sciences
Stacy Feld had settled into a satisfying career in biotech business development when she accidentally found her way into a meeting with Genentech’s CEO and a tiny startup company called 23andMe. The moment sparked a sudden realization that the best life science innovation would be focused around the consumer and a career finding ways to […]
Tech Tonics: Takeda’s Ariel Dowling: An Engineer With A Passion For Digital Health
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Tech Tonics: Paul Bleicher – Physician, Scientist, Entrepreneur, Innovator
A self-described “nerdy” kid from a working class family in a bedroom community of “The City,” on the South Shore of Long Island, Paul Bleicher trained as a physician-scientist, and was heading towards a career in academic medicine when he boldly decided to pivot to industry, where he’s enjoyed a remarkable and storied career in […]
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!
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!
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.