SplashX Invent Health - Future of Behavioral and Mental Health

April 4th, 2019, UCSF Mission Bay, San Francisco

Welcome to Invent Health (#inventhealth), a quarterly twilight salon-styled tech talk and mixer produced by Vator and HP, where valuable lessons and insights are shared by investors, tech pioneers and adopters. Invent Health is designed to take a 360-degree view of one particular topic.

In this case, the topic is “Behavioral and Mental Health.” Behavioral health promotes well-being by preventing mental disorder, as common as stress and anxiety, which without being addressed appropriately can lead to more serious illnesses, such as chronic conditions, substance abuse and addictions. All of this falls under our mental well being. There’s a rise of mental illness across the country with one out of five Americans suffering from some sort of mental disorder.  In the case of depression, it’s become almost an epidemic from from being a rare condition 50 years ago. Critics argue the rise has a lot to do with pathologizing normal psychic and somatic behavior, meaning society’s idea of normal often means never feeling sad or hopeless. Some argue antidepressant drugmakers, who’ve seen their drug usage rise 400 percent in two decades are behind the pathologizing.

These pervasive conditions have behavioral health startups creating solutions and treatment modalities to help those across the spectrum from mindfulness-based therapies, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapies to digital therapeutics. What are these new technologies and services and are they effective? How are employers and health organizations incorporating them?  

HP’s Dr. Archana Dubey and Vator’s Bambi Francisco are hosting the Invent Health series.

Vator (short for innovator) is a vibrant startup and investor community, founded by veteran, award-winning business journalist, Bambi Francisco.





4:30pm – 5:30pm Registration; Cocktail time

5:30pm – 5:35pm Welcome Remarks

5:35pm – 6:15pm Mental health: defining, diagnosing, treating; Aydin Senkut (Partner, Felicis Ventures), Sonia Arrison (Author, 100 Plus), Dasha Maggio (Partner, Felicis Ventures), Bambi Francisco Roizen (Founder & CEO, Vator)

6:15pm – 6:55pm Top digital health VCs are investing heavily in technologies that address our emotional well-being. What’s working? Where’s is there over-investment? What are some emerging but unproven ideas? Panelists: Alex Morgan (Investor, Khosla Ventures), Lynee Chou O'Keefe (Founder and Managing Partner, Define Ventures)

6:55pm – 7:15pm Break

7:15pm – 7:35pm Startup Showcase emceed by Mark Goldstein (Chairman, UCSF Health Hub) Presenter: Mainul I. Mondal (Founder & CEO, Ellipsis Health)

7:35pm – 8:30pm Tech pioneers and adopters share new technologies that address our emotional well-being, from mild anxiety to comorbidities. What are these new tools? Are they diagnostics, screenings, treatments and how effective are they? Panelists: Eva Borden (Managing Director, Behavioral and Medical Solutions, Cinga), Offer Leidner (Co-Founder and President, Happify), Carolyn Bradner Jasik (VP Medical Affairs, Omada Health), Lynn Hamilton (Chief Commercial Officer, Talkspace - Online Therapy)

8:30pm – Good night!



UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

1825 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94158, USA


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