Houston’s wealth has contributed to the success of world-renowned health care systems and academic medical centers in the Texas Medical Center and throughout the metropolitan area. Yet many other cities surpass Houston in fostering startup health IT, biotech and other health technology companies that will drive future progress in both human health and financial growth. At this event, Lisa Suennen, senior managing director at GE Ventures — the firm’s health care venture fund — participated in a conversation with Vivian Ho, director of the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences, to explore the economic benefits that investing in health care can bring to cities. They also discussed trends in health care venture capital and what lessons from Silicon Valley are transferable to other locations, as well as what strategies Houston needs to be successful in the rapidly growing sector of health care venture capital.
This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences, the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce IGNITE and TMC Innovation.
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5:30 pm — Reception
6:15 pm — Presentation
Lisa Suennen is the senior managing director at GE Ventures, leading General Electric’s health care venture fund that invests in early-to-growth stage health care investments across health IT, health services and medical devices. She is also managing partner at Venture Valkyrie, LLC, a media and publishing firm, and founder of CSweetener, a not-for-profit company focused on matching women new to the health care C-suite with experienced mentors. She is on faculty at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches classes on health care venture capital. Previously, Suennen was a partner at Psilos Group, a health care venture capital firm, and an executive at Merit Behavioral Care Corporation from startup through an IPO and successful exit. Suennen is a board member of Evidation Health, Health Reveal, Gravie, the Dignity Health Foundation and Heart To Heart International. She is an advisor to the CHCF Innovation Fund, the American Heart Association Innovation Think Tank, HealthXL and NASA’s Translational Research Institute. She is also an Aspen Institute Health Innovation Fellow and was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Advisory Council of State of California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine. Suennen writes a blog on health care and investing at http://venturevalkyrie.com and hosts the podcast Tech Tonics.