Medical Innovation Panel

The healthcare industry is rapidly changing due to a plethora of technological innovations. Come and hear from our panel of industry leaders how a once slow moving space is transitioning into one of the fastest growing and evolving of any out there.  Our expert panel will walk you through the medical landscape and its evolution through their personal experiences, stories and insight. They will give you a much better understanding of why Silicon Valley has become a major player in healthcare.


Erez Podoly, Chemist, Neurobiologist and Founder of Slive Inc.

Dr. Podoly is an ambassador for changing the diagnostics landscape by transitioning tests from blood to saliva, which contains content that mirrors many of the current tests in blood. Dr. Podoly has a BS in Chemistry and MS in Biochemistry, specifically focusing on the field of cancer research, and a combined Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Structural Biology focused on Alzheimer’s research, all from the Hebrew University. At Stanford University, with Dr. Roger Kornberg, the 2006 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Erez conducted postdoctoral research in nano-chemistry and electron microscopy and taught business and entrepreneurship at Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate Studies Program.

Catherine Shachaf, President and Chief Science Officer at Orlucent

Dr. Shachaf was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Orlucent and since 2012 has served as the President and Chief Science Officer. She is a well-known cell biologist and former instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine who has made ground-breaking discoveries in cancer research. Her life science career has included extensive work in preclinical cancer imaging, cancer biology and nanotechnology imaging. Dr. Shachaf has published more than 17 journal articles. Her education includes: Post doctorate fellow: Stanford University, Medical Oncology, Ph.D: Israel Institute of Technology, Molecular Medicine, M.Sc: Israel Institute of Technology, Genetics, and B.Sc.: University of Haifa, Israel, Biology.

Jonathan Sorger, Vice President of Research at Intuitive Surgical

After growing up in San Jose Jonathan Sorger attended UC San Diego and Johns Hopkins University where he studied biomedical engineering. He helped develop and teach the first-year bioengineering Ph.D. program at Stanford University and later worked at Varian Medical Systems. At Intuitive Surgical, headquartered in Sunnyvale and the maker of the da Vinci surgical system, Jonathan helps interpret clinical needs regarding the development of next-generation surgical robotic platforms.



Elina Lavit, Director of Project Management at MyoKardia

Elina Lavit is a Director of Program Management at Myokardia. Elina has been working in the Biotiech industry over the past 16 years holding cross functional roles in organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations, including JnJ and Abbvie. Elina had an opportunity to lead cross functional teams across the globe through the life cycle of Pharmaceutical and Medical device development and integration due M & A. Elina received her B Sc. in Biology and Economics and M Sc. in Medical Science from Tel Aviv University, Israel


Food and Beverages provided

Event Details

Tuesday, November 12th
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Oshman Family JCC, Room E104

3921 Fabian Way

Palo Alto, CA


$15 in advance

$25 at the door

Members always free