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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. You can find out more at venturevalkyrie.com.

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Tech Tonics: While Designing the Clinic of the Future In New York, Joel Dudley Remains a Cheesehead at Heart

August 14th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: While Designing the Clinic of the Future In New York, Joel Dudley Remains a Cheesehead at Heart

From the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, to the desert of Arizona, to the Eden that is Palo Alto, to his current home in the greatest city on earth, Joel Dudley has followed his interests and instincts to become a pioneer ...
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Tech Tonics: Jeff Reid and the Impassioned Pursuit Of Bad Music and Great Science

Tech Tonics: Jeff Reid and the Impassioned Pursuit Of Bad Music and Great Science

From tinkering with computers as a kid, to matriculating at Johns Hopkins while his peers were entering 11th grade, to his PhD in physics, to his current work at drug discovery at Regeneron, Jeff Reid has always embraced his inner ...
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Tech Tonics: Margaret Laws, Where Non-Profit & For-Profit Healthcare Innovation Collide

July 10th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Margaret Laws, Where Non-Profit & For-Profit Healthcare Innovation Collide

Margaret Laws has been working at the intersection of the for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare world for many years. This world has had an explosion of activity to find solutions to major public health and personal health challenges; according to ...
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Tech Tonics: Deneen Vojta – Skating to Where the Healthcare Puck is Going

June 19th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Deneen Vojta – Skating to Where the Healthcare Puck is Going

Deneen Vojta has played virtually every possible position in the healthcare world. She has at various times been a physician, an entrepreneur and a payer. Today it’s a hat trick, bringing all three of these roles together to ...
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Tech Tonics: Zak Kohane On Medicine and Computers

June 5th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Zak Kohane On Medicine and Computers

The son of Eastern European immigrants, Zak Kohane was born and raised in Switzerland; he then came to the United States where he’s nurtured a passion for medicine and computers to become one of the nation’s leading thinkers, innovators, and ...
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Tech Tonics: Glen de Vries – A Series Of Quite Fortunate Events

May 23rd, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Glen de Vries – A Series Of Quite Fortunate Events

Glen de Vries grew up in Manhattan, a nerdy kid who admired Richard Feynman, loved his TRS-80, and went to Carnegie Mellon University planning to study chemistry and computer science. A summer of molecular biology inspired him to switch ...
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Tech Tonics: iRhythm’s Uday Kumar… What Makes Him Tick

May 8th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: iRhythm’s Uday Kumar… What Makes Him Tick

The medical device company iRhythm has been described as that rarest of all breeds – a digital health company with an actual, viable business model behind it. On today’s Tech Tonics podcast, we’re delighted to welcome Uday Kumar, the ...
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Tech Tonics: Data Scientist Eric Perakslis, “I Build Stuff.”

April 24th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Data Scientist Eric Perakslis, “I Build Stuff.”

“I build stuff” is how data scientist Eric Perakslis modestly describes his breathless career, a journey that’s taken him from industry to academia and back again, with a brief stop at the FDA.

Eric’s first job after college was at a ...
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Tech Tonics: Jan Bruce and the Science of Resilience

Tech Tonics: Jan Bruce and the Science of Resilience

When you ask Jan Bruce where she grew up, she says “in the media business.” Jan worked early on in the magazine and then digital media sectors, backing into the health and wellness category through opportunity. She planned a ...
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Tech Tonics: Jess Mega of Verily Actually Is Making the World a Better Place

March 27th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Jess Mega of Verily Actually Is Making the World a Better Place

Jessica Mega, an accomplished cardiologist and now Chief Medical Officer at Alphabet’s Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), says she joined the venerable Silicon Valley company to help patients. According to Jess, physicians who love patients need to lean into ...
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Tech Tonics: Deborah Kilpatrick – Calling Audibles

March 6th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Deborah Kilpatrick – Calling Audibles

Deborah Kilpatrick grew up on a family farm in rural Georgia; her dad was a teacher and football coach; she describes life in her town as “very Friday Night Lights.”

With a passion for math and science, Deb decided to becoming ...
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Tech Tonics: The Intersection of Medicine and Marijuana

February 20th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: The Intersection of Medicine and Marijuana

Reports suggest that today there are between 1.2 to 2.6 million legal medical marijuana users in the U.S. But as we know, there is great controversy about medical marijuana as a “legitimate” medical intervention due to its history as an ...
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Tech Tonics: Chris Benko, From Fortune 100 to Fortune Seeker

February 6th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Chris Benko, From Fortune 100 to Fortune Seeker

Chris Benko first joined Merck when he was but a lad of eighteen, rising through the ranks in HR and talent management to become one of the youngest VPs in the history of the organization, at the age of 34.

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Tech Tonics: Susannah Fox, Learning from MacGyver Patients

January 16th, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Susannah Fox, Learning from MacGyver Patients

Susannah Fox eloquently described her job as U.S. HHS Chief Technology Officer – a role which just came to an end in the transition to a new administration – as “helping Health and Human Service (HHS) leadership harness the power ...
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Tech Tonics: Sridhar Iyengar on IoT Meets Life Science Research

January 2nd, 2017 |
Tech Tonics: Sridhar Iyengar on IoT Meets Life Science Research

Many entrepreneurs and investors on our podcast advise would-be innovators to focus on the problem to be solved, rather than become wrapped up in a particular technology. “Your solution,” VC Dave McClure famously warned entrepreneurs, “Is not my problem.”

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Tech Tonics: Rasu Shrestha – Living Inside the Culture Clash

December 12th, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Rasu Shrestha – Living Inside the Culture Clash

Rasu Shrestha, MD, is one of those doctors who found his way from medicine to technology. As he puts it, he rolled downhill from his birthplace in Kathmandu, Nepal, across many continents and into medical school in India. But ...
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Tech Tonics: Vishal Gulati, VC and Agitator By Nature

November 28th, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Vishal Gulati, VC and Agitator By Nature

Vishal Gulati says he was “genetically predisposed to be a doctor.” But as it turns out, he was born to be a pioneer in open data, digital health and global venture capital.

During his medical training, Vishal realized that the practice ...
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Tech Tonics: Taha Kass-Hout – OpenFDA, Open Mind, Open Heart

November 14th, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Taha Kass-Hout – OpenFDA, Open Mind, Open Heart

A cardiologist by training and a data scientist long before it was sexy, Dr. Taha Kass-Hout demonstrates the outsized impact possible when heart, vision, and passion meet commitment to government service, and beyond. Originally from Syria, Taha discovered his love ...
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Tech Tonics: The Most Interesting Man in Silicon Valley

October 31st, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: The Most Interesting Man in Silicon Valley

Jazz musician, cardiologist, geneticist, engineer, entrepreneur, referee of kids soccer: our guest today, Stanford’s Euan Ashley, does it all, and just might be the most interesting man in Silicon Valley.

Scotsman by birth, doctor by destiny, and a technologist by choice, ...
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Tech Tonics: Jody Holtzman of AARP – Innovation is Not Only for the Young

October 17th, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Jody Holtzman of AARP – Innovation is Not Only for the Young

Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President of Market Innovation at AARP, has a favorite quote, which is Thomas Edison’s, “…there are no rules here – – we’re trying to accomplish something.” He has certainly brought that idea to life as he ...
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Tech Tonics: Speaking Health Care in Spanish with Abner Mason

October 3rd, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Speaking Health Care in Spanish with Abner Mason

The U.S. healthcare system was designed primarily based on our understanding of the biological and social needs of white men. Of course, our current experience tells us that society is far more complex and that the system must recognize and ...
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Tech Tonics: Dorit Donoviel, To Infinity and Beyond

September 19th, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Dorit Donoviel, To Infinity and Beyond

A self-described geek, Dorit Donoviel was happily pursuing a career in molecular biology until a chance encountered diverted her course to space medicine. Today, Dorit directs the Biomedical Innovations Lab, Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in ...
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Tech Tonics: Jessica Rousset – Today’s Kids Are Tomorrow’s Adults

September 6th, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Jessica Rousset – Today’s Kids Are Tomorrow’s Adults

While determining what to do with college and her career, Jessica Rousset struggled to decide – go with the right brain and be an artist or go with the left brain and pursue engineering. In a way she has managed ...
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Tech Tonics: Diego Miralles – Physician, Scientist, Drug Developer, Humanist

August 22nd, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Diego Miralles – Physician, Scientist, Drug Developer, Humanist

Infectious disease physician, entrepreneur, and life-long innovator, Diego Miralles has pursued the frontiers of medicine on three continents, and in at least three distinct settings: academia, biotech startups, and the largest pharma company on earth, J&J. There, he founded both ...
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Tech Tonics: Our Favorite Bioethicist, Michelle Meyer