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Health Tech '16 Shares Medical, Biotech Innovations Across County

Healthcare professionals will gather this month at the Westchester County Association's "Health Tech ’16: Fueling Innovation in Westchester" conference.
Healthcare professionals will gather this month at the Westchester County Association's "Health Tech ’16: Fueling Innovation in Westchester" conference. Photo Credit: WCA

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Association's "Health Tech ’16: Fueling Innovation in Westchester," conference will be held later this month, and examine the surging healthcare, health tech and biotech sectors within the county.

Recognized as the premier healthcare business conference in the New York metro area, Health Tech ’16 brings together hundreds of the region’s top healthcare executives, researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, professionals, investors, academicians, and commercial real estate developers to discover brand new opportunities and catch an eye-opening glimpse of the research and discoveries that are unfolding.

Health Tech ’16 will take place Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown.

The WCA has assembled a roster of speakers, including former U.S. Senator Dr. Tom Coburn, an advisor to the Manhattan Institute’s Project FDA and a three-time cancer survivor. He will explain four ways the nation can usher in a new Golden Age of medicine in “Race Against Time: Why We Need a National Health Innovation Strategy.”

Luncheon keynote speaker Michael J. Dowling is the President and CEO of Northwell Health, formerly known as North Shore-LIJ Health System, which has entered the unchartered waters of commercial insurance, venture capital, and joint ventures with non-healthcare players. Dowling will discuss “Think Differently: Writing a New Prescription for Healthcare.” Conference attendees also will hear from the leading strategists from Memorial Sloan Kettering, IBM Healthcare, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence, WMCHealth, Burke Medical Research Institute, Addicaid, and GNS Healthcare.

In addition, the conference includes the exciting WCA Innovation Panel and Pitch Contest, in which entrepreneurs seek advice and pitch new products and services to the pros. This year’s Innovation Panel features experts representing some of the biggest names in the digital health startup world, including Dreamit Health, BioLabs New York, Blueprint Health, and NewYork-Presbyterian Innovation Center. WESTMED Medical Group and Northwell Ventures will join the panel to judge the pitch contest.

“The WCA’s Health Tech conferences have attracted the best and the brightest minds in the region because healthcare and life sciences is a $15+ billion industry and a major economic engine in Westchester County,” said William M. Mooney, Jr., President and CEO of the WCA. “We have become a major hub for healthcare/health tech/biotech innovation, and that is creating opportunities for everyone who does business in Westchester.”

“Health tech has spawned a digital economy in the Hudson Valley, and we at the WCA want to take it to the next level through our smart growth initiatives,” said William V. Cuddy, Jr., chairman of the WCA’s Smart Growth Initiative. “We are leading the effort to build the infrastructure—including gigabit broadband—upon which an innovation economy depends, to attract more talent by turning Westchester cities into exciting and affordable places to live.”

The full conference cost is $275 for WCA members; $275 for young professionals, and $325 for non-members. Admission to the Healthcare Innovation Panel and pitch contest only is $75 for members and $100 for non-members.

For additional information and to register online, click here . Inquiries can also be made by contacting Lauren Randall at lrandall@westchester.org or 914-948- 6444.

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