Biotech Showcase in San Francisco

 #BiotechShowcase in San Francisco. 



There are so many participants at Hilton Union Square, and Parc 55.


Digital health startup CEO’s pitching for 10mins. Many innovative startups.

There are the business matching booth, which connecting startups, investors,  and business consultants.

John Kojiro Moriwaka was invited to Biotech Showcase in San Francisco  from 8 to 10th of January in 2018.  He received many meeting requests from variety of potential strategic partners, including VC, investment bankers, startups, and so on.

#StartupFire team appreciates to the further collaboration to provide innovation together. See you next year  at #BTS18  

Global Networking Night – Silicon Valley

Global Networking Night – Silicon Valley    

Date: Tuesday, January 9th

Place: University Club,    3277 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto

The Harvard Alumni Association invites you to join fellow local alumni for Global Networking Night on January 9, 2018. Global Networking Night is a great opportunity to explore and expand your Harvard Network; the last event drew more than 8,000 alumni in over 100 cities!

The Harvard Club of Silicon Valley, with the support of its sponsors, will be hosting hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages for our guests. Cash bar is available for beer, wine, and cocktails.

#StartupFire team met many old and new friends in the event tonight.

Blockchain and the Potential in Healthcare: HealthTech Women, Annual JP Morgan Event

6th Annual Event’Blockchain -The Potential In Healthcare’ at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference – by HEALTHTECH WOMEN (8th of January, 2018)

There are a number of emerging use cases and applications across various sectors, predominantly in FinTech. Healthcare, based on the need for extreme security and tracking of information, has emerged as an industry where there can be incredible impact. As applications and technology are becoming more widely discussed, this area is emerging and we will hear more about the impact overtime.

HealthTech Women has brought together some leading female influencers in the blockchain and healthcare industries to discuss the basics of blockchain. We will dive deep into various applications in healthcare such as data exchange and interoperability, claims and billing management as well as Population health.



Toni Lane Casserly is Founder of CULTU.RE. Toni  is an entrepreneur in the Digital Currency and Blockchain Industry who co-founded CoinTelegraph and the virtual blockchain nation movement. She has been affectionately entitled, “The Joan of Arc of Blockchain” and “Young Star of Bitcoin” by her peers and various publications.  Miss. Lane ​serves as an advisor to several notable companies, funds and family offices, including, but not limited to: SingularityU, Factom, The United Nations, Lykke, HSBC, Cicso, P&G, Institute for the Future and St. Gallen Symposium.

Jennifer Hinkel is Partner at McGivney Global Advisors since 2014, specializing in healthcare policy, value, and pharmaceutical economics. Her current area of focus is innovative risk sharing contracts for biopharma and health insurers using a novel blockchain platform. Previously, Ms. Hinkel led financial impact assessment for the Affordable Care Act and Medicare reimbursement in Genentech’s Industry Analytics group. She has also held roles with Roche and Genentech in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Ms. Hinkel previously managed programs in the non-profit sector at National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and was a health policy legislative assistant in UK Parliament. She has lectured in Health Systems and Health Economics at Penn State University and Arcadia University, holds a MSc from the London School of Economics in International Health Policy, and is a DPhil candidate in Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford. She has a special interest in oncology innovation as an 18-year survivor of Hodgkin Lymphoma and the founder of the cancer survivor sailing team Resilience Racing.

Emily Vaughn is Product Development Director at Change Healthcare. Emily Vaughn is the foremost subject matter expert on blockchain for healthcare. She directs blockchain product development at Change Healthcare, a market-leading Health IT company HQ’d in Nashville, TN. Emily has been an active force in marketing and business development for blockchain startups since 2013. Emily is perhaps most well-known for her contributions to blockchain and healthcare, spearheading the first global marketing campaign for healthcare at Gem, launching and co-chairing the Hyperledger Healthcare Working Group, and penning thought leadership pieces that serve as the conceptual basis for applying blockchain to healthcare. She began her career in blockchain at BitPay, the world leading bitcoin payment processor, and moved to LA to work with Gem in 2015. She recently joined Change Healthcare as a product leader and is passionate about getting applications into production in 2018.

Andy Coravos (@andreacoravos) is the CEO and cofounder of Elektra Labs, a digital biomarker platform democratizing clinical trials by supporting remote, at-home research. She was software engineer at Akili Interactive, a leading digital medicine company. She previously worked at KKR Capstone and McKinsey & Company, where she focused on healthcare. Andy is a digital rights advocate and has published pieces for STAT News, NeuroTechX, and HuffPo.


Here is such an amazing blog about blockchains in healthcare written by Andrea.  You may like to click to read more.

Where are the healthcare blockchains?      

Myth Busting: Can a blockchain save healthcare?       


You might want to read more

How does blockchain actually work for healthcare?       


Today’s Memos by #StatupFire team

Fundamental knowledge

  • A blockchain is a digital ledger in which transactions are recorded chronologically and openly
  • The ledger is decentralized, with multiple copies stored across a wide network, it does not reply upon a central intermediary, like a bank or broker, to verify transactions.
  • Participants who update the ledger are paid for their work using a digital currency or ‘token’, like Bitcoin or Ethereum.
  • An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is a means of crowdfunding centered around cryptocurrency.

    Initiating blockchain exploration at your company

  • Determine what kind of stakeholder you are: network infrastructure, enterprise, software, enterprise end-user, consumer application, or consumer end-user
  • Identify a use case that directly impacts your line of business. Ask your blockchain solution, is there a company better suited to sell this?
  • Ask for resources- be prepared to explain why now is the right time to invest in this solution
  • Demonstrate value and function quickly. Avoid idealism.
  • Focus on developing the critical components to your solution. Use existing resources to fill gaps.
  • Stay current on blockchain technology.

    Blockchain for healthcare

  • Blockchain for healthcare: ‘Data exchange’ is the key
  • Healthcare data is very important and need to be careful
  • Accounting framework for information   1.chronology  2. integrity  3. speed  4. independence



3 tips for growing your startups

We are thrilled to announce that we will invite Ms. Sylvia Flores, who is Founder & CEO of Manos Accelerator. She will give a talk about 3 important tips for growing your startups from her experiences as a successful accelerator in Silicon Valley.

Manos Accelerator is a mentorship-driven accelerator program that provides “hands-on” education, business resources, infrastructure, capital, and guidance for promising Latino-led startup companies, moving them towards a fast track to success.


Special speaker

Dr. Gregory K. Tanaka, Ph.D, MBA, JD
Author, Angel, Social ActivistFormerly a law school associate dean and acting dean, Gregory K. Tanaka is an author, social activist and angel investor in Silicon Valley. Dr Tanaka holds from Williams College, an MBA from Harvard, a JD from Georgetown, and PhDs in education and anthropology from UCLA. Currently a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at Instituto McLaren de Pedagogia Critica y Educacion Popular, he teaches at the University of San Francisco and Pacific Oaks College in San Jose. His forthcoming book is entitled, “Systemic Collapse and Renewal: A Narrative Account of How Race and Capital Came to Destroy Meaning and Civility in America and Foreshadow the Coming Economic Depression” (March, 2018).

Startup Fire New Year Party in Silicon Valley