• Groundbreaking 'Health Tech '14: Fueling Innovation in Westchester' Conference May 7-8 Underscores Westchester's Place in Northeast's Growing Health Tech Economy and Showcases New Opportunities in Health Tech, Biotech, and Medtech

  • APRIL 23, 2014 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • The WCA’s BLUEPRINT for Westchester Event Convenes Leaders in Innovation, Business, Entrepreneurship, Scientific Research, Healthcare, Technology, Academia, and Commercial Real Estate as Westchester County Provides an Eye-Opening Glimpse of the Future

  • Day One of Conference Encourages Entrepreneurs to Present Their “Big Idea” ... Winning Pitch Will Receive a $10,000 Cash Grant + Acceptance Into The BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network

    The Westchester County Association today released details about this year’s metro New York premiere health tech event –HealthTech’14: Fueling Innovation in Westchester, a groundbreaking, two-day conference that brings together leading innovators in biotech, medtech, and health tech to showcase the innovation culture that has taken root in Westchester County, New York, which has become a vital link in a thriving northeast health tech economic hub...


    “HealthTech’14: Fueling Innovation in Westchester features 30 experts in healthcare, biotechnology, medical technology, technology transfer, law, finance, and funding who will share their experience and insights, enabling conference participants to learn, brainstorm, strategize, and network.

    The conference will give attendees a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most innovative healthcare companies today, including Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Histogenetics, and Profectus BioSciences, among many others. Entrepreneurs, healthcare executives, venture capitalists, and technology whizzes will gain valuable insight from expert panels on technology transfer, the mobile health app explosion, commercial space now designed for health and tech companies, and how healthcare institutions are embracing technology to tackle complex health issues.

    Day One of the conference is designed to help entrepreneurs take their ideas to the next level. It begins with “Entrepreneurs’ Edge,” a workshop featuring experts in law, banking, venture capital, and crowdfunding. That session is followed by “Pitch to the Pros,” which gives companies a chance to present their “Big Idea” to a panel of judges. The winner will receive a $10K cash grant and automatic acceptance into Westchester’s BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network. For more information about applications, please visit http://www.healthtech2014.com/enter-the-10k-pitch-contest/. Applications will be accepted through April 28, 5 p.m.

    Day Two includes an in-depth look at “IBM Watson and the Future of Medicine” led by Watson Technologies Master Inventor William Murdock. Day Two also features two compelling keynote addresses, by Brian Kolonick, the director of the Healthcare Innovation Alliance at the Cleveland Clinic, and by Steven Safyer, MD, the CEO of Montefiore Health System, the University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which has rapidly expanded into Westchester County from New York City, as have New York Presbyterian and Memorial Sloan Kettering, further enhancing Westchester’s strong healthcare providers’ medical expertise; and news of breakthroughs from Regeneron, Profectus BioSciences, Histogenetics, and others, as well as discussions about technology transfer from lab to market and mobile apps.

    HealthTech ’14 will take place May 7-8, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, New York.

    Why Westchester?

    HealthTech’14 is the first conference to underscore the sizable footprint of the health tech industry in Westchester County and to fuel the county’s emerging health tech innovation culture.

    “Westchester is home to a $15+ billion healthcare industry, as well as tech giant IBM, and a growing roster of global biotech companies such as Regeneron and Acorda,” explained Marissa Brett, Executive Director of Economic Development at the Westchester County Association. She noted that the conference also will highlight developments such as New York Medical College’s recently launched multi-million dollar biotech incubator. “Projects such as this and the BLUEPRINT Accelerator will breed the health tech giants of tomorrow.”

    Ms. Brett called the conference an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders and innovators. “The conference is attracting the best minds and strategic thinkers in health tech, biotech and medtech – and the astute business executives who are accelerating growth in Westchester’s Innovation economy and spurring economic development in the region.”

    Sponsors of HealthTech’14 are: Montefiore Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian, White Plains Hospital, Histogenetics, Inc., M&T Bank, Reckson, A Division of SL Green, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Simone Development Companies, Sterling National Bank, Westchester Medical Center, C.W. Brown, Con Edison, Cushman & Wakefield, ENT & Allergy Associates, Fareri Associates, Iona College, JDS Therapeutics, Lawrence Hospital, Mercy College, Purchase College State University of New York, RPW Group, United Hebrew, VNSNY, Bleakley Platt & Schmidt LLP, Citrin Cooperman, Entergy, Greenberg Traurig, Key Bank N.A., Lightpath, New York Medical College, O'Connor Davies LLP, Pace University, PepsiCo, Inc., Verizon. Media sponsors include The Fairfield County Business Journal, The Journal News Media Group, WCBS News Radio 880, The Westchester County Business Journal, and WNYCExecutive Producers, HealthTech ’14: Harrison Edwards PR & Marketing.

    Tickets are: one day only: $225; full conference $425. For a full conference agenda and to register, please visit http://www.healthtech2014.com