Napa Valley

Alpha Conference

January 5th - 6th 2018

The alternative investment conference focused on early stage healthcare technology.

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In the beautiful backdrop of Napa, CA, Alpha Conference is bringing together investors, healthcare and technology leaders and select startups for an invitation-only event designed to inspire, educate and foster increased investment in leading medical startups from around the world. In addition to the educational and investing portions of the agenda, attendees will be treated to amazing wine-centric experiences and networking.


A learning program focused on better understanding and capitalization of healthcare innovations, trends and opportunities while gaining insights on smart strategies in angel investing.


Learn and invest with the strength of numbers. The AngelMD community is designed to help everyone benefit from collective knowledge and investment leverage.


Put capital to work in a community and system designed to extract “alpha”.


Sharpen your vision for 2018 with superb speakers and industry leading attendees.

Hosted by AngelMD

Combining technology and the collaborative expertise of a growing physician network, angelMD is building the largest network of healthcare startups in the world. We are committed to transforming early stage healthcare investing while yielding superior returns for our investor members. Learn more


Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Fostering a Culture of Do-It-Yourself Medical Device Innovation: Billy Cohn, MD Cardiovascular Surgeon – VP of J&J Medical Devices Companies – Director of Center for Device Innovation at TMCx
  • Mental Performance Enhancement: David Elaimy Performance Coach, CEO of Beyond Par
  • Competition Finalist - Noninvasix
  • Best Practices in Corporate Governance & Board Leadership: Ana Dutra CEO – Executives’ Club of Chicago
  • Navigating the Maze of Medical Device Development: John Simpson, MD – Cardiologist, Founder & Executive Chairman, Avinger
  • Lunch
  • Catalyst Fund Syndicate Update - Fibralign
  • Exit Strategies Through the Investor Lens
  • Competition Finalist - Seal Rock Therapeutics
  • Leveraging Strategic Collaboration for Early Stage Innovation: Arjun ‘JJ’ Desai, MD COO of JLabs & CDI (Center for Device Innovation at TMCx)
  • Competition Finalist - Pharmajet
  • Coffee Break
  • The Telemedicine Explosion and Where It Is Headed, Moderated by Jens Francis, AngelMD CIO: Stephen Hochschuler, MD, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon & Co-Founder Texas Back Institute Wendy Whittington, MD, Medical Director for Telehealth at Dell and NTT DATA
  • Accelerator/Incubator Role in Healthcare Investing: Erik Halverson, Director of TMC Innovation Center
  • Championing the Biotechnology Revolution with Smarter Investing: Geoffrey Ling, MD Neurologist, CEO at Sun-Q & former Director of DARPA Biological Technologies Office
  • Historic Napa Valley Wine Train Dinner (5:00pm Boarding Time): Limited Release Wine Tasting with the Mondovi Family at Napa Valley’s Oldest Winery Charles Krug Estate
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Days Opening Remarks
  • A Matter of Semantics: Ted Dellavecchia CEO & Managing Partner, Symbotix
  • Focus is the Constant Decider: Sharon Dye, Manager of Business Performance, Insperity
  • Physician Association Executive Panel
  • The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine: Why Balance Matters To Angel Investors: Halee Fischer-Wright, MD President & CEO, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
  • Competition Finalist - Otomagnetics
  • Coffee Break
  • Physician Society Executive Panel, Moderated by Wendy Whittington, MD: Eric Muehlbaeur, CEO, North American Spine Society, John Rumsfeld, MD, CIO, American College of Cardiology, Michael Hodgkins, MD, CMIO, American Medical Association
  • Early Exits Workshop for Investors: Basil Peters CEO of Strategic Exits Corp. & author of “Early Exits”
  • Lunch
  • Catalyst Fund Syndicate Update - Aqueduct
  • The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine: Why Balance Matters To Angel Investors: Halee Fischer-Wright, MD President & CEO, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
  • Physician’s Important Seat at the Healthcare Innovation Table: Michael Hodgkins, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, American Medical Association
  • Competition Finalist - Beta Cat
  • Prescription Medicines: Balancing Innovation and Affordability: Robby Zirkelbach, SVP of Health Policy at PhRMA
  • Innovation as a Strategic Imperative: Rasu Shrestha, MD Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC
  • Competition Finalist - Sensulin
  • Coffee Break
  • A Conversation with Legends, Moderated by Tobin Arthur: Fireside Chat – Jack Gill & Larry Lawson
  • Disruptive Mobilization of Digital Health Strategy: Matthew Collier, Senior Managing Director of Global Health, Accenture
  • Awards Dinner Reception with Catalyst Fund Finalists: Local Reserve Wines, Cheese Tasting & Dinner with Entertainment


We are excited to bring together expert speakers and discussions on innovations, investing, micro trends, policy, data and entrepreneurship in the healthcare field.

Focused investment themes around Medical Device, Health IT and Bioscience. Along with expert speakers, Alpha Conference delivers high value panel discussions and presentations from the top startups on the AngelMD platform w/ immediate investment opportunities.


Located on the riverbank in downtown Napa, The Westin Verasa is conveniently located for your significant other to enjoy the surrounding during the conference. Our venue is across the street from the Napa Valley Wine Train which will take us on a Friday evening dinner ride through Napa Valley w/ a tasting of limited release wines at Charles Krug Winery.

The Westin Verasa Napa

1314 McKinstry Street
Napa, CA 94559
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River Terrace Inn

1600 Soscol Ave. Napa, CA 94559
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Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Kalex Ventures
Johnson & Johnson Innovation JLabs
TMC Innovation