AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Announces Judges, Coaches for April 27 Event

Industry Experts Support and Evaluate 10 Finalist Health Tech Startups Focused on Caregiving; Judges from Cambia Health Solutions, Comcast Ventures, GE Ventures, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Asset Management

AARP today announced the judges and coaches for its fifth Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event which will be held Wednesday, April 27 at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA. Ten startup health tech companies focused on caregiving will pitch their businesses at this unique one day dual-pitch event. The judges from Cambia Health Solutions, Comcast Ventures, GE Ventures, Johnson & Johnson and JP Morgan Asset Management will evaluate the pitches, and the coaches will help the companies prepare. For more information and to register to attend, please visit

“The industry power brought together in our coaches and judges is awe inspiring. These are leaders in our industry today, giving their time to support the companies who will be leaders tomorrow,” said Jody Holtzman, senior vice president, Enterprise Strategy and Innovation, AARP. “With the event only two weeks away and filling up fast, I encourage anyone in the health tech community focused on solutions for people 50 and over, or their caregivers, to register now and join us for an amazing day April 27.”

AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch is a one day pitch competition for emerging startups in the healthy living space with a focus on caregiving. The event will begin with speaking sessions on caregiving, and then a keynote with Nancy LeaMond, chief advocacy and engagement officer, AARP.

More than two hundred companies submitted their application to the fifth annual AARP Health Innovation@50+ Live Pitch. The ten finalists will present their business focus on stage before a panel of industry leader judges and an audience filled with actual intended end users of these solutions, i.e. AARP members and consumers

The judges who will evaluate the 10 finalists and ultimately select a winner, include:

  • Leslie Bottorff, managing director, GE Ventures, who specializes in investments in digital health, healthcare IT, medical device technology and emerging business models. Leslie brings nearly 20 years venture investing experience, and 19 years serving in operating roles at both large and venture backed companies. @bottorffleslie
  • Rob Coppedge, president, Direct Health Solutions, Cambia Health Solutions, leads Cambia’s health solutions businesses, including the portfolio of wholly-owned companies and strategic investments. In this role, Rob accelerates Cambia’s work in investing in and building companies that enable and deliver a transformed experience to health care consumers nationwide. @coppedge
  • Stacy Feld, senior director, Consumer Scientific Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, leads efforts to establish a high-value consumer innovation portfolio. For nearly two decades, Stacy has been a leader in translating innovative science into commercial solutions for the health consumer. Her experience includes venture capital investing, intellectual property licensing and strategic partnering, and business strategy and incubation, across the life sciences, healthcare, diagnostics, digital health, nutrition and consumer product industries. @stacyamityfeld
  • Amanda Wilson, portfolio manager, Private Equity Group, JP Morgan Asset Management, manages a diverse portfolio of corporate finance partnerships, venture capital partnerships, direct investments and secondary transactions.
  • Michael Yang, managing director, Comcast Ventures, focuses on consumer Internet applications and services. Prior to this he was Vice President/General Manager at Yahoo! @yangbness1

The coaches who will support the finalists before and at the event include:

  • Sivaram Arabandi, MD, MS, Clinical Informatics, ONTOPRO, @ontomd
  • Dana Abramovitz, PhD, Business Development lead, Health and Medtech, SXSW, @DanaAbramovitz
  • Kim Bond Evans, CEO Seremedi, @kimbondevans
  • Dorit Donoviel, PhD, director, Biomedical Innovation Laboratory, Deputy Chief Scientist, The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), @DoritD
  • Benjamin Glenn, partner, patent attorney, Shay Glenn LLP, @BenjaminGlenn87
  • Alicia Heazlitt, director of Corporate Development & Innovation, Signature HealthCARE, @AliciaHeazlitt
  • Deborah Mansfield, director, Life Sciences Accelerator, Houston Technology Center, @dotconnecter
  • Laura Mitchell, founder, Laura Mitchell Consulting, @laurahmitchell
  • Hubert Zajicek, MD, CEO & co-founder, Health Wildcatters, @HubertZajicek

Previous AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch events have been held in Boston, Las Vegas and New Orleans, with last year’s event in Miami showcasing technology innovation across Florida.

Please mark your calendar now to join us Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA to see the most exciting startup companies in the “50 and over” health technology sector. Register to attend the event at

The finalists are:


Boston, MA

Cake is the easiest way to do end-of-life planning. We break down a daunting and difficult task into simple, bite-size chunks, and provide experts who can answer your questions. Your online CAKE profile is a living document of your end-of-life preferences that is easy to access, update, and share.

Ramat Gan, Israel

Medivizor provides people with serious or chronic medical conditions, or their medical teams, all the cutting edge information they need know – personalized just for them.

Penrose Senior Care Auditors

Dallas, TX

Penrose provides the first and only app-enabled senior care auditing service, called Penrose Check-Ins, to ensure seniors are okay and provide families peace-of-mind. During the Penrose Care-Check, an auditor visits the senior and using the app, assesses 150-items related to their well-being and reports back to the family. Other auditing services include the Penrose Pre-Check, Quick-Check, Inventory-Check, and Safety-Check. @penrosecheckin

San Francisco, CA

PicnicHealth helps patients and their families manage their medical records. We collect records on a patient’s behalf, maintain a single up-to-date medical chart, and coordinate between providers.
Savor Health

New York, NY

For people with cancer whose nutritional issues cause poor clinical and quality of life outcomes, Savor Health is a technology-enabled provider of cost effective, personalized nutrition solutions. Through its smart, personalized recommendation engine and a network of distribution partners, Savor empowers cancer patients and their caregivers to take control of their nutritional needs.
Senior Habitat

New York, NY

SeniorHabitat is the first centralized, tour booking, and informational website that simplifies care transitions while decreasing time, costs, and hospital readmission rates. SeniorHabitat facilitates healthcare decisions by helping seniors, caregivers and hospitals navigate the overwhelming process of senior care facility selection to improve care transitions.

New York, NY

SensaRx is an NYC-based startup, emanating from the Founder’s family struggles to care for his grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease. The company launched the SafeWander Button Sensor in November 2015, and is focused on patient safety and caregivers’ wellbeing in both assisted living facilities and the home.
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Los Angeles, CA

SingFit combines a growing body of scientific research on the health benefits of prescribed singing with a proprietary music platform in order to mass distribute the benefits of music as medicine. Focused on dementia care, our debut product SingFit PRIME is the winner of the USC Keck School of Medicine Body Computing Prize.

Austin, TX

Kanega Watch allows discreet support for falls, medication reminders, and a guard against wandering in a classically-styled watch with an easy-to-use speech interface rather than buttons. Works wherever you are, 24×7 – and doesn’t require a smart phone (because it’s built in). Artificial intelligence learns the wearer’s lifestyle to provide predictive, pre-emptive support.
Well Beyond Care
Well Beyond Care

Austin, TX

Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover, and at the same time offering a pathway to transitional care to help HHAs accomplish their Clinical Outcomes and Customer Service goals.