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TechCheck: Accelerating Innovation in Health

The intersection of health and technology is creating opportunity across the healthcare industry now more than ever before. From testing to big data; prevention to treatments and innovation, health tech is yielding new opportunities and investment ideas and is leading the way to a more vibrant and healthier future.

With the health and safety of our attendees, speakers & staff in mind, CNBC has decided to postpone the TechCheck event that was scheduled for 1/6/22.

We look forward to connecting with you later this year. Until then, please stay safe and healthy.

Speakers

Jon Fortt

Jon Fortt is co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk Alley" (M-F, 11AM-12PM ET) broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he was an on-air editor based at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC's Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. He also contributes to CNBC.com.

He came to CNBC from Fortune magazine, where as a senior writer he covered both large technology companies— such as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft—and trends, including cloud computing and the smartphone revolution.

Before joining Fortune in 2007, Fortt was a senior editor at Business 2.0magazine where he produced the "What Works" section.

From 1999 to 2006, Fortt wrote and edited at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's hometown newspaper. There he contributed to several efforts that won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

As a personal technology writer, his coverage duties included Apple, Palm and Adobe. He also served in roles outside the business department, covering education, editing local news and developing technology strategy. As the newspaper's senior Web editor, he helped develop a blog and podcast network, managed the creation of multimedia projects and served on the board of the Associated Press Managing Editors.

Fortt graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow, with a B.A. in English.

Follow Jon Fortt on Twitter @jonfortt. Listen to his podcast, Fortt Knox.

Eren Bali

Eren leads the Carbon team towards his vision to democratize healthcare and make quality healthcare accessible to all. Previously, Eren paved the way to make education accessible by founding Udemy, the world's largest marketplace for online courses, with over 50 million students worldwide.

In his youth, Eren was a star mathematician, winning awards in mathematics, physics, computer science and chess including the International Mathematical Olympiads. He still loves chess today and plays to unwind after a long day at the office.

Nate Gross, MD

Dr. Nate Gross is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Doximity (NYSE: DOCS), the leading digital platform for U.S. medical professionals. He is also co-founder of digital health venture capital fund Rock Health, and serves as affiliated faculty for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship at Stanford. Nate received his MBA from Harvard Business School and MD from the Emory University School of Medicine.

Deena Shakir

Deena Shakir is a Partner at Lux Capital, where she invests in transformative technologies improving lives and livelihoods. She is particularly interested in intersectional and underdog entrepreneurs building breakthrough companies to accelerate advances and equity in human and population health.

Since joining Lux in late 2019, Deena has led a number of investments and currently sits on the boards of Maven Clinic, SteadyMD, Alife Health, H1, Adyn, AllStripes, and Shiru.

Prior to joining Lux, Deena was a Partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures), previously led product partnerships at Google for early stage products in healthcare, AI/ML and search at Google, and directed social impact investments at Google.org.

Before tech and venture, Deena had diverse partnership-centric experiences as an aspiring anthropologist, journalist, diplomat, aid worker and technologist. She was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Clinton, where she helped launch President Obama’s first Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2010. Her non-traditional path has cultivated Deena’s deep conviction in the potential of breakthrough ventures to positively transform the future and garnered her unparalleled network to help them achieve it.

A Forbes contributor, Deena is a frequent commentator and has been profiled in print and featured in broadcast in publications such as Fortune, Techcrunch, Marie Claire, Business Insider, Bloomberg, CNBC, and the Wall Street Journal. She was named a "top 30 under 40 in healthcare" by Business Insider, "top 9 women to watch in venture capital" by The Wall Street Journal, and "Top 50 in Digital Health" by Rock Health. She is a member of Fortune's Most Powerful Women, Kauffman Fellows, Aspen Finance Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the Council on Foreign Relations, and All Raise.

Deena self-funded her education through a variety of merit scholarships and side hustles, including co-founding her first company while still in college. She earned a joint BA in Social Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard (where she delivered the graduation address) and an MA from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She is currently a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the Stanford Design School.

Robert B. Ford

Robert B. Ford is Abbott's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for all of the company's operating businesses; and Executive Vice President, Medical Devices, leading Abbott's Diabetes Care, Cardiovascular and Neuromodulation businesses.

He joined Abbott's Diagnostics division in 1996 as a Business Unit Manager in Diabetes Care. He subsequently held various positions of increasing responsibility for Abbott's Diagnostics, Nutrition and Diabetes Care businesses.

Mr. Ford earned a bachelor's degree from Boston College and a master's degree in business administration from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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