Tech Tonics show

Tech Tonics

Summary: 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. Lisa Suennen is the Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie Consulting, LLC, a firm that provides advisory services to corporate and independent venture capital funds and to large and small companies around investment and product strategy, innovation spin-outs, market development, partnerships and financing. She is currently a member of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board, the Sanofi Integrated Care Advisory Board, the Dignity Health Foundation Board, and an Advisor to the California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund and a member of several private company Boards of Directors. Dr. David Shaywitz is the Chief Medical Officer of DNAnexus, a company that makes it easier to work with genomic data using advanced bioinformatics and scalable compute systems based on the cloud. He received his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Science, and Technology at Harvard Medical School, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at MIT. He trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and conducted his post-doctoral research in Doug Melton’s lab at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Tech Tonics, the Podcast is produced by Jason Lopez and syndicated by Connected Social Media. You can also find out more at and

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 Tech Tonics: Dorit Donoviel, To Infinity and Beyond | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 Houston, TX. She also serves as Deputy Chief Scientist at The National Space Biomedical Research […]

 Tech Tonics: Jessica Rousset – Today’s Kids Are Tomorrow’s Adults | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 to do both, though her current canvas is companies and her palette is the health […]

 Tech Tonics: Diego Miralles – Physician, Scientist, Drug Developer, Humanist | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 the J-Labs incubator and the J&J Innovation Network, which has offices around the world, including […]

 Tech Tonics: Our Favorite Bioethicist, Michelle Meyer | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

Emerging technologies bring not just profound opportunities but also vexing ethical dilemmas, involving issues such as privacy, consent, and access. Today’s guest, Michelle Meyer, is a bioethicist and legal scholar who seeks to bring clarity and structure to this important and ever-more-complicated space. Whether discussing the ethics of A/B testing at Facebook, the roles and […]

 Tech Tonics: When Companies Go Awry | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

The success of Silicon Valley is often attributed to the ability of the entrepreneurial community to embrace setbacks rather than punishing those who experience them. Celebrating these setbacks has become an art form of it own as a recent NYT op-ed suggested, “telling the story of what went wrong is a way to wring insight […]

 Tech Tonics: Whoop Founder, Will Ahmed | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

So much emphasis has been placed on fitness and wearables over the last five years and much has been made of whether these trackers can translate to better health or are just there to make people feel a sense of accomplishment. In their quest to be taken seriously, most of the focus has been on […]

 Tech Tonics: Kara Dennis and the Development of New Therapies | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

The gap between the promise and practice of technology has been especially vivid in the area of pharmaceutical clinical trials, where even switching from paper to electronic data capture has proved too radical for some sponsors. Today’s guest, Kara Dennis, who is the managing director of digital health at Medidata, seeks to change all this […]

 Tech Tonics: Jim Joyce, A Man of Genius Makes No Mistakes | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

James Joyce, the famous Irish author once said, “A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portraits of discovery.” His namesake, entrepreneur Jim Joyce, could not agree more. An entrepreneur many times over and twice in healthcare, Jim says the kind of failure matters greatly as does one’s capacity […]

 Tech Tonics: Merck’s Robert Plenge on Human Biology and Social Media | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

For years, medical research seemed focused on understanding disease processes primarily through model organisms such as yeast, flies, and mice. Today’s guest, Merck’s Robert Plenge, offers the radical suggestion that with the help of emerging technology “humans serve as the best model organism for understanding human health and disease.” As a physician-scientist, trained as a […]

 Tech Tonics: Martin Kelly, Conductor of a Global Orchestra of Entrepreneurship | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

One of the most significant challenges faced by the healthcare community is that the biggest companies want to innovate but can’t get out of their own way, while the smallest companies want to have an impact, but can’t get any meaningful access to the broad global market. These two communities need each other to deliver […]

 Tech Tonics: 2016 Preview | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

Tech Tonics started 2015 with a goal of featuring the people and passion at the intersection of technology and health. We had 24 great shows featuring the perspectives of consumers and physicians, technologists and investors and others who represent the best and brightest from the digital health community. In five short years the sector has […]

 Tech Tonics: John Hixson, From Aggie To Techie | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

John Hixson’s career has taken him from a small town near Waco, Texas to the Johns Hopkins Medical School, a neurology residency at the University of Pennyslvannia, and ultimately to his current role at neurologist at UCSF and the San Francisco VA, where he focuses on the application of digital health tools to clinical trials […]

 Tech Tonics: Alex Drane Talks about the Unmentionables | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

Alexandra “Alex” Drane has been talking about the Unmentionables like end of life, sex, loneliness and empathy long before it was cool to address these topics as core healthcare issues. Always the brightest light in any room, Alex draws people to her with her fresh and honest take on serious issues and her vivaciousness and […]

 Tech Tonics: Thomas Goetz, Bridging the Analog Divide | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

Writer, editor, entrepreneur, visionary – Thomas Goetz has always combined a sophisticated understanding of emerging technologies with a profound sense of humanism. This was evident in his work at Wired (where he served as executive editor for eleven years), in his wonderful book, The Remedy (Lisa’s comments here and David’s comments here), and through the […]

 Tech Tonics: Dr. Sachin Jain… Professional Culture, Patient Focused | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

When Dr. Sachin Jain got the call to become Chief Medical Officer of Anthem’s highly-regarded CareMore Unit, he could hardly have feigned surprise. It must have seemed like the role to which he was destined: a physician leader in an innovative delivery system The challenge, he says, was finding one. The son of a physician, […]


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