Women’s Health: Building Businesses to Break Boundaries

Thursday, September 19th 2019

Weill Cornell Medical College - 1300 York Ave, Room A-250, New York, NY 10021

18:00 – 21:00 (GMT)

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Women's Health: Building Businesses to Break Boundaries brings together prominent leaders in the New York City startup community to create a discussion for professionals at all levels of their career. The dialogue will focus around discussing successful approaches, areas in need of improvement, current opportunities, and future challenges facing entrepreneurs entering today’s market from a non-profit and profit perspective. Four successful entrepreneurs, Marissa Fayer, Fran Strauss, Janice Schacter Lintz, and Amy Fan, will lead the event with Ashlee Wisdom as moderator. With key companies in the Women's Health startup space, they provide an abundance of first-hand experience to guide the conversations with event attendees. The event will be a prime setting to build important connections for budding entrepreneurs. See you there!


6:00 - 6:30 pm


6:30 - 6:35pm

Welcoming remarks by IFNY 

6:35 - 7:15pm

Introductory talks by panelists:

1) Fran Strauss. Head of Market Access and Reimbursement, HealthMark Strategies LLC.

2) Marissa Fayer. CEO and Founder HERHealthEQ.

3) Amy Fan. Co-Founder of Twentyeight Health.

4) Janice Lintz. CEO at Hearing Access & Innovations, Inc.


7:15 - 8:00pm

Panel Discussion

8:00 - 9:00pm

Networking reception with invited speakers and other guests from biotech industry 



Fran is a consultant with deep roots in biotech-entrepreneurship who loves working with the life science industry. She is a proven Reimbursement & Payer Commercialization strategist and Market Access executive with expertise in genetic testing, molecular diagnostics, medical/mobile devices, personalized medicine and diagnostic laboratories. She works with commercial and government payers, employers, unions and advocacy groups. Prior to her consulting career, Ms. Strauss led the Provider Relations and Network Department at Aetna Inc. She also led Market Access departments at Digene Corporation (now Qiagen), Adeza Biomedical (now Hologic) and Perlegen Sciences.

Marissa is a New York City-based entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is the Founder and President of Fayer Consulting LLC, COO at a direct investment advisory firm. In 2016 she launched the non-profit HERHealthEQ where she serves as the CEO, with the mission to drive health equity among women by providing medical devices and equipment to developing nations for women's health issues. HERHealthEQ focuses on the top non-communicable diseases (NCD's) - cancers affecting women, maternal health, diabetes, and heart disease. Marissa has been listed as one of the Top 100 Women in Medtech, a Top Woman Activist to Watch, awarded the 2018/9 Africa Development Award, and a Wonder Women in Medtech.

Janice is the mother of a child with hearing loss who is now an investment banker in London. Janice is an experienced strategist and problem solver who has worked successfully across industries on local, national, and global platforms to influence outcomes and lead change in hearing innovation and technology. She is the CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations, which is the only company dedicated to helping the world’s businesses, cultural and entertainment institutions, government agencies, and mass transit organizations improve their accessibility for people with hearing loss.

Recipient of 2016 Aspen Institute Spotlight on Health Scholar. She has served as a members of various committees including the US Access Board’s Rail and Passenger Vessel Committee, NYS Interagency Council for the Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing committee where she was appointed twice by former Governor Paterson. In 2015, Mayor Bloomberg appointed her to the NYC Taxi of Tomorrow Committee. Chairman Martin of the FCC appointed her twice to the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee. She approached Senator Warren about the hearing aid monopoly who then introduced and passed an Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid bill with Senator Grassley.

Amy Fan is the cofounder of Twentyeight Health. She is inspired by her experience leading a DTC skincare & makeup startup and wants to bring a human-centric approach to healthcare, putting the needs of the patient first. She is passionate about women’s equity, in healthcare, the workplace, and beyond.

Previously, Amy was the general manager of Onomie Beauty, a direct to consumer beauty startup that combines clinically-proven skincare efficacy with immediate makeup impact. She translated meaningful consumer insights into new product development and led successful launches by combining creative social engagement, brand partnerships and digital marketing campaigns. Prior to Onomie, Amy was a consultant at Bain & Company.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and is completing her MBA & MPH at UC Berkeley.

Ashlee Wisdom is an experienced public health and research professional. She is currently the Program Director of the Strategic Ventures Group at Junto Health where she manages a consortium of 15 health system members including, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and Mount Sinai Ventures. She also supports the development and implementation of strategic projects that support Junto Health’s mission to enable commercial innovation that moves the healthcare ecosystem forward and improves human well-being. Ashlee is also the Founder of Health In Her HUE, a digital platform that connects Black women to the healthcare providers, services and resources that are committed to their health & well-being. The platform empowers Black women, and their allies, to share, learn and innovate around the health issues that disproportionately affect them. Prior to these roles, Ashlee worked at community health and academic medical centers including NYC Health + Hospitals, and Weill Cornell Medicine where she managed grant funds, clinical trial activities and provided administrative support.

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