The Berkeley MBA
March 16, 2013   Haas School of Business   University of California, Berkeley


Healthcare Panel

Healthcare Innovation - rethink healthcare-related business opportunities in Asia

Healthcare innovation has never lacked interest and momentum. According to Dow Jones VentureSource, venture capital investment in healthcare has surpassed IT since 2009 to become the most pursuit investment area. Besides steady growth in biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors, the medical IT sector, which includes innovation in electronic healthcare records and web, mobile applications for healthcare, saw a 22% increase in venture funding and collected $633 million in 2011. Asia has never lagged behind in this innovation wave. With its 4 billion population, innovation in healthcare in Asia are happening from both public and private sectors, and from both small start-ups and large corporations. We saw the initiatives of innovative marketing solutions from large pharmaceutical companies in order to reach more physicians, whereas at the same time we witnessed the rise of consumer-facing applications for personal healthcare management, as well as other various innovations in healthcare delivery models. Such innovations have strong business implications and require us to re-think about opportunities of healthcare in Asia. What would you react if you are a Venture Capitalist interested in Asian market, an entrepreneur, a VP in large pharmaceutical companies, an Non-profit sector leader, or, simply, a physician or consumer of healthcare in Asia. Come to Asia Business Conference to meet those in the forefront of healthcare innovation and find out what it means for you!


Mainul Islam - COO, Medic Mobile

Mainul is the EVP & COO of Medic Mobile. Medic Mobile uses communication technologies to improve the health of disconnected communities. Medic Mobile sees communication gaps through the eyes of community-based health workers and patients, guiding partners towards low-cost technologies and efficient health services. Medic Mobile currently works in 16 countries with over 50+ partners. Part of Mainul’s responsibility is to manage the company’s business in Asia, including reaching our to more countries and institution and make sure the smooth operation of its project in Asia.

Prior to Medic Mobile, Mainul spent five years in management consulting, where he worked with the leadership of Fortune 500 companies to solve strategic and organizational issues. He also serves as a founding team member and advisor of SIRUM (Supporting Initiative to Redistribute Unused Medicine), Anjna Patient Education and Super Stars Literacy. He has also guest lectured at numerous universities and conferences (including University of California, Berkeley & Davis, Stanford University, Lawrence University and IIT, Delhi)

Jay Zhao - Managing Director, Health Nest Incubator

Jay Zhao is a Partner at Health Nest, a US-China startup accelerator and consultancy that focuses on mobile & digital healthcare startups. At Health Nest, he is responsible for the accelerator program’s operation and overseeing Health Nest’s strategic direction. He also serves as an adviser and mentor for various startups in healthcare and technology. His previous work includes operation management and business development for a diverse range of companies and organizations in the U.S. and China, including Volkswagen, Target Corporation, the Cowen Institute Public Education initiative, etc. Jay is a firm believer of mHealth and digital Health technologies and how these technologies can make the world a better place. Health Nest’s portfolio include Apricot Forest, a company aspiring to be the “Baidu” for Chinese medical professionals, providing them the most reliable clinical decision support information. It allows physicians to find answers to their questions any time anywhere. Its mobile Apps “Medical Literature” and “E-Pockets”, have had close to 100,000 users since April, 2012.

Ih-Ming Chan - Regional Director, Singapore Economic Development Board

Mr. Ih-Ming Chan is the Regional Director (Western Americas), at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the lead government agency responsible for developing and implementing strategies shaping the future of Singapore’s economy and enhancing its position as a global business center. Ih-Ming leads the EDB’s Western Americas team (San Francisco and Houston centers) and his geographic responsibility includes Western Canada and Central America.

Prior to this, Ih-Ming was a Center Director at the San Francisco office for 3 years, and was responsible for facilitating business partnerships and investment promotion activity from Washington State, and from Biomedical Sciences, Consumer-centric and Professional Services businesses in Northern California.

Prior to his appointment in the USA, Ih-Ming spent 3 years at EDB’s Medical Technology (MedTech) group within the Biomedical Sciences industry cluster. His responsibilities included the investment promotion of MedTech companies based out of the Western USA, and the development of the MedTech industry ecosystem in Singapore.

Ih-Ming graduated with a Bachelors of Science (Magna cum Laude) in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University, and a Master of Science in Bioengineering from Stanford University. Prior to college, Ih-Ming served as a Battalion Deputy Operations Officer (Lieutenant) in the Singapore Armed Forces.

Sonny Vu - CEO, Misfit Wearables

Sonny is the CEO & Co-Founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of highly wearable products. He is also the co-founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world’s first iPhone-connected hardware medical device which is now being sold in the Apple Store. His work at AgaMatrix was instrumental in growing the business from a two-person start-up to a successful products company that ships over 15 FDA-cleared products, as well as loads of biosensors and glucose meters. At Misfit, Sonny is leveraging talent in Vietnam to build a world class team of over 30 software engineers and data science PhD’s. He is working to establish one of the first advanced computer science R&D centers (by industry) based in Vietnam. The Misfit team is doing cutting edge work on machine learning and sensor algorithms in Ho Chi Minh City. Sonny studied math (BS) at UIUC and linguistics (PhD) under Noam Chomsky at MIT. He has since been pursuing his unrequited love for product design, now as a patron of good design.


Kristiana Raube - Executive Director, Graduate Program in Health Management, UC Berkeley

Kristiana Raube, PhD is an Adjunct Professor at the Haas School of Business and the Executive Director of the International Business Development Program, a global management consulting program at Berkeley-Haas. She is also the Executive Director of the Graduate Program in Health Management at the University of California Berkeley, a program that prepares students for leadership roles in all aspects of healthcare, including care delivery and financing, biotechnology and medical devices, information technology, and consulting. Dr. Raube has worked to increase health management capacity through executive education and program development in the US and around the world, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Her research focuses on the delivery and financing of health services and she has evaluated a large number of health programs, including ones focused on physician payment, quality of care, access to care, infant mortality, and community-based health care. Dr. Raube received her doctorate in public policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies, her masters in public health from UCLA, and her bachelors of arts degree in biology from the University of Colorado.

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