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November 5, 2020 – The Intersection of AI, Medical Imaging, and Venture Capital – When Innovation Meets Regulation

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Medical imaging is one of the most promising areas of research where advanced machine learning technologies can make a real difference in patient outcomes. Recent advances allow machine learning algorithms to correctly identify breast cancer from mammograms years before a radiologist can find the same cancers with the naked eye, as well as reduce the number of false positives that are costly for clinics and stressful for patients. But as with any new technology that deals with healthcare, there are regulations in place, designed to protect patients, which can slow the ability for innovative startups to bring their products to market. This field that is ripe for venture capital investment, but prospective investors should keep several things in mind as they evaluate investment opportunities. These include considerations around single-payer vs. multi-payer healthcare systems, variations in global regulatory environments, data privacy (HIPAA) laws, and more. In this presentation, we will discuss some of the most exciting advancements in medical imaging, as well as accelerators and inhibitors to bringing solutions to clinicians and their patients.

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Navid Alipour is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Analytics Ventures, a Venture Formation Fund focused on starting new ventures with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning at their core.  Prior to co-founding Analytics Ventures, he founded La Costa Investment Group, making investments in startups nationally. Through the founding of multiple AI-based companies like CureMetrix and CureMatch, Navid is a long-time entrepreneur in the AI space, and looks to address the need between angel investors and big venture capital funds. He has a passion for finding scientists and academics who are domain experts in their respective fields, and helping them turn their research into viable businesses, helping build companies from inception.

Navid serves on the Board of Tech San Diego helping build the thriving eco-system in San Diego. He is also on the Board of CureMetrix, AV Lab, Kazuhm, Dynam.AI & AlphaTrAI. Navid is a sought-after panelist, judge, speaker, and moderator on the topics of venture capital and entrepreneurship at forums such as UCSD, USD, SDSU, CyberHive, HeraHub, MIT Forum, RSNA, U.S. News STEM Conference, and CONNECT. Navid holds a BA from UC San Diego, and a JD/MBA from the University of San Diego.