Open Health: The Citizen’s Revolution

Exploring the citizen’s role in shaping new health services, products and business models.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


June 04, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)


This event will explore the citizen’s essential role in shaping new health services, products and business models, to address the increasing health-related challenges many countries now face.

The Zurich and San Francisco areas are poised to deliver new solutions via health innovation products and services built on world class scientific and commercial research and development – at the intersections of health, digital technology, devices and data. The event will be a forum to discuss emerging trends and deepen collaboration opportunities among entrepreneurs, investors, university researchers and other thought leaders from these regions.

This event is hosted by swissnex San Francisco and the City of Zurich, in partnership with the Canton of Zurich, the Life Science Zurich Business Network, and the San Francisco Zurich Sister City Committee. The event is organized by RollSpeed and Greg Tutton, with support from Genentech and PwC.


2:00 pm


2:15 pm

 part one

 hello – Michael Dillhyon, Host

 welcome remarks – Zurich Mayor Corine Mauch

 program overview – Michael Dillhyon

 keynote – Roni Zeiger

 featured speaker – Ernst Hafen

4:00 pm

 coffee break, Participant Discussions, and Poster Display

4:30 pm

 part two

 featured speaker – Christine Lemke

 featured speaker – Felix Frueh

 moderated panel discussion – Michael Dillhyon (Moderator),
Indu   Subaiya, Roni Zeiger, Ernst Hafen, Christine Lemke, Felix Frueh

5:45 pm

 apéro, participant discussions and poster display


Corine Mauch

Corine Mauch is the Mayor of Zurich, elected in 2009, after serving in the Zurich City Parliament for 10 years. She is a graduate of ETH Zurich and the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration.


Michael Dillhyon

Michael Dillhyon is an American serial entrepreneur who has lived in the Zurich area for the past 8 years. Currently, he is the CEO of HealthBank, which is undertaking the development and deployment of an open standard, citizen-owned global healthcare data platform. He also serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the SystemsX systems biology program, Switzerland’s largest ever public research initiative. Michael is also Chairman of the Board of GeneBio, a Swiss bioinformatics software company. He has founded, led and successfully exited two U.S. telephony firms, Netelligent and ActiveObjects.


Roni Zeiger, MD

Roni Zeiger, former Chief Health Strategist at Google, works at the cutting edge of technology, information, and healthcare. His experience in digital medicine makes him one of the foremost speakers on how the internet is transforming modern healthcare. At Google, he developed innovative digital medical services like online medical records, Google Flu Trends and Symptom Search. Roni now leads a new company called Smart Patients, which leverages the expertise and networks developed by patients. He is also a practicing physician, having received his MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine.


Ernst Hafen, PhD

Ernst Hafen is a Professor of Systems Genetics at ETH Zurich and former President of ETH. In addition to 26 years of academic research, he has founded and advised several biotechnology companies. He is the Chief Scientific Officer of HealthBank, which is undertaking the development and deployment of an open standard, citizen-owned global healthcare data platform. Ernst endeavors to assist scientific discovery and its efficient translation into products that help society and the economy. He has a PhD in developmental genetics from the University of Basel.


Christine Lemke

Christine Lemke is a serial entrepreneur in the data analytics space. She is currently the co-founder of AchieveMint, a rewards and insight platform for the digital health industry, where she leads product and operations. Christine was previously the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Sense Networks, developers of the first machine learning platform for mobile activity data. She’s also held roles at 3iGroup (Paris), Microsoft XBOX and co-founded product analytics firm Channel Velocity/IQ.


Felix Frueh, PhD

Felix Frueh is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Third Rock Ventures, where he provides strategic input on new and existing portfolio companies with a particular focus on personalized medicine. He is also Executive Partner at Opus Three LLC, a consulting firm specializing in scientific, regulatory and reimbursement strategies for the clinical application of personalized medicine. Previously, Felix was President of the Medco Research Institute, leading Medco’s real-world, outcomes-oriented research initiatives and collaborations. He was the first Associate Director for Genomics at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Felix received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Basel, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.


Indu Subaiya, MD

Indu Subaiya is a co-founder, Co-Chairman and CEO of Health 2.0, which promotes new technologies in health care through conferences, code-a-thons and prize challenges. Previously, she was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Physic Ventures, a consumer health and wellness investment fund. She has also served as President of Etude Scientific, a biotech and consumer health care consulting firm, Vice President of Healthcare and Biomedical Research at Gerson Lehrman Group, and Director of Outcomes Research at Quorum Consulting. Indu received her MD from Stony Brook University, and an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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