LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health (Wavemaker 360), the nation’s leading venture fund focused singularly on early-stage (primarily seed) healthcare disruptors, is continuing its mission for healthcare innovation with the announcement of its 2023 Council of Strategic Advisors. Comprised of a distinguished and diverse group of healthcare leaders representing different parts of the U.S. healthcare system, the Council will help guide Wavemaker 360’s partner group as the fund continues its strategic investing and growth trajectory.
“The new Council of Strategic Advisors will provide immense insight and guidance to the fund’s partner group, working with us to understand all aspects of the healthcare spectrum to support this next generation of promising healthcare startups,” said John Nackel, PhD, Founder and General Partner of Wavemaker 360. “The American healthcare system is incredibly complex to navigate. That’s precisely why we offer our portfolio companies the strategic industry connections and commercialization support in addition to capital. The Council will be invaluable guides on our journey as we work with these entrepreneurs to disrupt the healthcare industry.”
The Council includes eight healthcare leaders who serve as an integral part of Wavemaker 360’s extended network of 300 Limited Partners. Advisors are scheduled to meet approximately 10 times per year with Wavemaker 360’s partner team. Each member is committed to serving for one year, and the Council is re-constituted with new advisors on an annual basis. Ongoing, the Council will be focused on keeping Wavemaker 360’s partners informed about current and future industry challenges, paradigm shifts, innovation concepts, and observations of thought leaders.
The members of the 2023 Council of Strategic Advisors include:
Marc Alba is the former Senior Vice President of NTT and President of NTT Disruption. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in disruption, innovation and IT, and has authored several books focused on this specialty. His area of expertise for the Council is Information Technology.
Ravi Kumar is the Partner and U.S. West Region Market Leader at Connor Group. With more than two decades of extensive public accounting and capital markets experience, he has developed an international reputation for financial due diligence. He aids the Council as its Healthcare M&A advisor.
Harlan Levine, M.D. is the President of Health Innovation and Policy for City of Hope, and Chair of the Board of AccessHopeTM. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and licensed by the Medical Board of California, he has served in executive leadership positions for over 20 years, including United Healthcare and Anthem. The Council welcomes him as the Health Innovation and Policy advisor.
Tina Modi is the Managing Director at BDC Advisors. With more than 20 years of management consulting experience, she’s driven results in innovation, IT and business strategy across multiple sectors of the healthcare industry. She joins the Council as the Healthcare Strategy advisor.
Jason Sussman is Managing Director of Kaufman Hall and a leader in the firm’s Financial and Capital Planning practice. He’s supported healthcare providers for more than 40 years with strategic financial planning, capital allocation and M&A. He joins the Council as its Hospitals and Health Systems advisor.
Dan Hirschfeld currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Lifetime Vitality. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and renowned expert in the healthcare industry having spent more than two decades as President of a number of divisions of Genesis Healthcare. Highlights of his career in the world of startups include the success of his own company Hallmark Senior Communities and Bill Me Later (later sold to PayPal for $945M). He joins the Council as Post-Acute advisor.
Harry Nelson is the Founding and Managing Partner of Nelson Hardiman LLP, a healthcare and life science law firm. He is the author of The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain (2019) and co-author of From ObamaCare to TrumpCare: Why You Should Care (2017). For two decades, Harry has been a thought leader and leading voice focused on writing and speaking on topics related to the future of healthcare such as regulatory issues in telehealth, behavioral health, and direct-to-consumer healthcare models. Harry co-chaired Adaptive Health Capital, a healthcare investment fund, and has been a co-founder of several successful ventures related to healthcare compliance, licensing, and e-learning. He will serve as Regulatory advisor for the Council.
Tom Zenty is the Executive-in-Residence of Wavemaker 360. He has a distinguished and award-winning legacy with more than 40 years of experience, as a former health system CEO and working with publicly traded companies, nonprofit organizations, and private equity corporations. He is the Council’s Chairman and will continue to serve as a Health Systems advisor.
To learn more about Wavemaker 360 and its team, visit www.wavemaker360.com.
About Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health
Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health (Wavemaker 360) is the nation’s leading seed-stage healthcare pure-play venture fund in the U.S., focused singularly on early-stage healthcare disruptors in the areas of health-tech, digital health, medical device, telehealth, pharma-tech, science and marketplaces. Wavemaker 360 stands apart as one of the few venture funds in the U.S. that discovers, vets and invests solely in healthcare startups at the seed funding stage. The fund connects its portfolio companies to a network of 300 Limited Partners (LPs), comprised of healthcare entities and executives in virtually every area of healthcare. Headquartered in Pasadena, CA, Wavemaker 360 is led by a cross-functional, bi-coastal team of eight visionary partners with more than 200 years of combined healthcare industry and venture capital experience, with additional guidance from a distinguished Council of Strategic Advisors. For more information, follow on LinkedIn and visit www.wavemaker360.com.
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