A Medical alley-Exclusive Interview Series 

6 Questions is a new interview series with Medical Alley leaders on the future of healthcare. Medical Alley Association’s membership includes leaders in healthcare delivery, payment, technology, and policy, which gives us – and in turn, you – access to diverse perspectives on how healthcare is changing and what lies ahead.

Medical Alley is the global epicenter of health innovation and care; 6 Questions, is meant to share insights and spark discussion. If you have a perspective on the future of healthcare, feel free to share it by reaching out to Frank Jaskulke, Vice President of Intelligence at fjaskulke@medicalalley.org

Q&A With Pinar Karaca-mandic OF

The University of Minnesota

Associate Professor Pinar Karaca-Mandic teaches healthcare marketplace and healthcare finance. She is the Academic Director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) in the Department of Finance.

She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), in Health Economics and Healthcare programs. She also serves as an Associate Editor of Forum for Health Economics and Policy, and an Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Health Economics and Management.

Q&A With marcia miller OF

StoneArch Creative

Marcia brings more than 30 years of marketing experience to StoneArch, ranging from start-up brands to Fortune 10companies. She’s spent the last 12 years committed to the healthcare industry. Before joining the agency, she was Senior VP of Corporate Marketing at Optum, a technology-based health services company owned by UnitedHealthGroup. Prior to that, she’s held senior positions at UnitedHealthcare and a disruptive start-up health company called Carol.com. Marcia’s expertise and proven leadership in the healthcare and agency space are grounded in a results-oriented style that help both companies and teams reach their full potential.

Q&A With Matt Arens OF

First Light Asset Management

Matt Arens has been fortunate to combine two distinct passions in his career: investments and life sciences. Since entering the investments field in 1997, Arens has followed small-cap stocks, with a particular focus on identifying companies with high growth potential in the health care sector.

Arens graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science degree in financial planning. He has been a keynote speaker at the PricewaterhouseCoopers CFO Forum, and has been featured in publications, such as BusinessWeekBarron’sPensions & InvestmentsInvestment NewsMinneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Q&A With jodi hubler OF

Lemhi Ventures

Jodi Hubler is widely recognized for her keen insight, direct style of communication, and skillful stewardship of organizations from incubated startups to multibillion dollar corporations. She delivers a unique combination of executive leadership and venture capital investing expertise with direct experience in operations, governance, human capital, strategic planning and execution, culture change, and negotiations. As a strategic advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs and CEOs, she is especially adept at leading and governing in industries facing transformative change.

Q&A With katherine kumar OF

4C Medical

Dr. Kumar specializes in regulatory and clinical operations as well as science and marketing functional areas of the business. Prior to 4C Medical, she was VP of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at TVA Medical, Inc., VP of Clinical Affairs at Monteris Medical, Inc. and Sr. Director of Science & Clinical Affairs at Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (CSI) where she led clinical study development and execution, all scientific activities and the bridge between clinical and marketing activities. Prior to CSI, Dr. Kumar led clinical efforts at MEDRAD Interventional/PossisMedical (a business of Bayer HealthCare), American Medical Systems and several start-up companies. 

Q&A With The Leadership team OF


Ōmcare is a health technology company that delivers remote care and real medication adherence. We do this by extending the reach of the caregiver thru a proprietary interactive IoT technology – promising right pill, right time, right person. By partnering with pharmacies, payers, providers and family caregivers, Ōmcare helps people live healthier, more vibrant, independent lives.

Q&A With Kyle rolfing OF

Bright Health

Bright Health believes that an individual's relationship with his or her doctor is one of the most critical, enduring, and profound personal bonds. A doctor is there at the very beginning of your life. And when each person comes to the end of their lives, who will be at the bedside? Family. Spouse. Children. And the doctor.

Q&A With mark walinske of

Revo Health

Mark Walinske has over 34 years of early-stage entrepreneurial experience with 15 years being in healthcare. Revo Health is a new business from Twin Cities Orthopedics and their Chief Growth Officer, Healthcare entrepreneur and executive, Mark Walinske, will participate in a panel on value-based care with Dr. Michael Tarnoff of Medtronic, during the November 6th Leading the Conversation: Value Based Care event from Medical Alley Association.

Q&A With Todd austin OF

MGC Diagnostics

Todd Austin has a career spanning 20 years and is a globally recognized clinical and medical device industry expert and leader with extensive experience in product development and marketing, strategic planning, business development, P&L responsibility, and clinical consulting. In recent years Mr. Austin has provided clinical, strategic and tactical consulting services to senior management for a number of domestic and international healthcare companies, including MGC Diagnostics.

Q&A With Dr. Jim Ehlen OF

Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care

Dr. Ehlen is a healthcare leader, executive and physician with deep experience in medical technology and healthcare system management. Dr. Ehlen has spent more than a decade leading medical device organizations including Halleland Health Consulting and RespirTech, which was acquired by Philips in 2017.

gBETA MedTech Minneapolis

gBETA is a program of nationally ranked startup accelerator gener8tor. gBETA is a free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity.  gBETA Medtech is sponsored by Boston Scientific with support from Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. The program works exclusively with startups focused on healthcare. 

Q&A With Dr. swarna balasubramaniam OF

Noleus Technologies

Noleus designs and develops a disposable device that mitigates postoperative bowel swelling to accelerate patient recovery after abdominal surgery. Noleus will provide better patient care by addressing 1) faster bowel recovery, which means patients will be able to eat and drink sooner, and 2) earlier hospital discharge, thereby reducing the risk of hospital-acquired conditions.

Q&A With jeff bennet of


Jeff is a proven medical device industry leader with over 20 years of sales and marketing experience with increasing levels of roles and responsibilities. During this time, Jeff has worked with Vysis/Abbott, Medtronic, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific and IMRIS where he led the global launch of several high profile medical device product launches. Jeff has extensive global marketing experience in the medical device field as well as experience in direct to patient marketing campaigns.

Q&A With Dr. Gil Ungab of

Lucia Health Guidelines

Lucia Health Guidelines has created a clinical decision support tool that leverages machine learning and the power of cloud computing to help maintain clinical guidelines at the point of care. Lucia is initially focused on Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and ensuring proper treatment in the Emergency Department.

Q&A With marja and jon engel of


SuraMedical takes the guesswork out of the treatment of chronic leg wounds by remotely monitoring the critical aspects of standard care: compression, elevation, and ambulation. SuraMedical’s solution improves treatment consistency and lowers costs for wound care centers, in-home nursing services, and long-term care facilities treating chronic wounds.

Q&A With Shrenik Jain of

Sunrise Health

Sunrise Health allows patients with substance use and mental health conditions to receive stigma-free support through small text-based peer support groups. 

Q&A With Harlee Sorkin of


InterShunt is building a minimally-invasive surgical device that helps relieve the shortness of breath experienced by millions of people suffering from heart failure. 

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