Time To Build – Why Now Is The Best Time To Found A Digital Health Startup

Please join us for our next Digital Irish event at Bank of Ireland NYC Hub, 2 Grand Central Tower New York, NY 10017, on Tuesday June 6th from 6:00pm, where we’ll discuss why now may be the right time to found and build a digital health startup.

Hosted by Dr. Alex Owens, we’ll discuss the current and future state of the healthcare landscape.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the vulnerabilities and inefficiencies in healthcare systems worldwide, creating a heightened demand for innovative solutions. The crisis has accelerated the adoption of telemedicine, digital health tools, and remote patient monitoring, opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the healthcare space. Additionally, advancements in technology, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics, have paved the way for more personalized and effective healthcare interventions. 

Moreover, there is an increasing focus on preventive care and wellness, creating a shift towards proactive and patient-centered healthcare models. The convergence of these factors provides a fertile ground for entrepreneurs to develop novel approaches that improve access, affordability, and overall quality of care, making it an opportune time to embark on a healthcare startup journey.

About The Panel

Dr. Omar Edward Njie, MD, MPH is a healthcare investor at AlleyCorp, one of the most active early-stage venture funds and incubators in New York. Prior to his work at AlleyCorp, he held positions at Deloitte Consulting, Clover Health, and Rock Health as well as advisory roles at some of digital health’s most transformative startups such as Cityblock, Equip, and RubiconMD. In 2019 he co-founded the Mount Sinai Diversity Innovation Hub, a nationally recognized venture working to address social determinants of health and improve minority representation in healthcare innovation.

Omar is a recipient of the 2021 Genentech Diversity Innovation Fellowship, the 2020 National Medical Fellowships/Wayne Anthony Butts Scholarship, and 2018 Mount Sinai Leaders as Scholars Merit Scholarship.

He received his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and received his B.A. in Global Affairs and M.P.H. in Health Policy & management both from Yale University.

In his spare time Omar can be found biking around Brooklyn, exploring new NYC restaurants, or volunteering with ExpandEd Schools, an education nonprofit dedicated to closing the learning gap by increasing access to enriched education experiences.

Kyloon Chuah, PhD is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Veriteos, a care navigation company bringing coordinated, culturally relevant and dignifying mental healthcare to everyone living in underserved communities.

He was part of the founding team at Elemental Machines, data-driven lab operations platform used by leading pharmaceutical companies and has since raised more than $60M.

Prior to that, he founded Valar Lab – a startup that developed a robotic lab automation platform to make point-of-care clinical diagnostic tests more accessible to patients, and also worked briefly as a researcher in a quantum computing lab.

He holds a PhD in Biosensors and Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia.


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