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WiBD ONLINE Event: AI-powered Healthcare Solutions Against COVID-19

May 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am PDT

Hosted by Stella Mashkevitch and Renee Yao.

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8:00-8:05am PDT – Welcome
8:05-9:20am PDT – Discussion
9:20-9:30am PDT- Q&A

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, leading experts from medical imaging, medical instruments, drug discovery, genomics, and analytics are coming together to help understand, treat, diagnose, and prevent the disease. In this quick overview, we will share how AI is used in the healthcare and life science industry to solve the challenges and problems are facing during COVID.


Renee Yao
Global Healthcare AI Startups Lead, NVIDIA
Renee Yao leads global healthcare AI startups at NVIDIA, managing 800+ healthcare startups in digital health, medical instrument, medical imaging, genomics, and drug discovery segments. Previously she worked as a senior product manager and product marketing manager for AI Systems at NVIDIA. She graduated from Haas School of Business at the UC Berkeley, with a focus in economics and IT.

Dr. Avantika Lal
NVIDIA Deep Learning and Genomics Scientist
Dr. Avantika Lal is a Deep Learning and Genomics Scientist at NVIDIA and was previously a researcher at Stanford University. She holds a PhD in genomics and has spent ten years studying the genomics of infectious diseases and cancer. She applies machine learning and deep learning methods to analyze the genome sequences of humans and the pathogens that infect them, and to help develop new and targeted medical treatments.

Monica Berrondo
CEO, Macromoltek, Inc.
Monica Berrondo, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur, scientist, and software engineer. Her expertise lies in using computational approaches to complex scientific problems, in particular, using algorithms for drug discovery and protein design. She is the founder and CEO of Macromoltek, a biotech company using innovative methods to improve research outcomes and reducing the cost associated with drug discovery through computational modeling. Dr. Berrondo began working on the drug discovery process in high school, when she used computational modeling to predict biological processes. She completed her doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, where she received the NIH’s prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein fellowship to conduct her doctoral research studying the effects of mutations on protein structure and function. Dr. Berrondo has authored peer-reviewed scientific articles in journals such as Proteins, JMB, and PLoS One. She has led Macromoltek through Phase I and II SBIR grants from the NSF and the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator in Winter 2018. Dr. Berrondo strives to build a better world by bringing together a multi-disciplinary team to work on big problems.

Sahar Arshad
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, CloudMedx
Sahar Arshad is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of CloudMedx, the company that turns data and AI insights into the delivery of personalized healthcare. CloudMedx works with some of the top health systems in the U.S. including UCSF, Dignity Health, and Mount Sinai, and has won many awards in the space including GITEX 2019 Most Connected Healthcare Solution, Exponential Medicine 2018 Most Convergent company, and Cisco Global Disruptors award among others. As a recognized global leader in healthcare AI, CloudMedx has been featured in numerous industry reports including Forbes, CB Insights AI 100, MedGadget, Medical Futurist, Beckers Hospital Review etc. Sahar has over 15 years of experience in technology development and management for software, hardware, and health-tech companies. She has provided mentorship for the YC Fellowship program and is one of the early representatives of PWiC Silicon Valley Chapter – a global community of women in technology fields. At CloudMedx, she has been instrumental in large-scale enterprise deployments and partnerships with leading health systems, payers, and technology companies.



May 13, 2020
8:00 am - 9:30 am PDT