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Dr. Susan Nicholas with Qnova Health, Inc.

Susan Nicholas, MD, MBA/Qnova Health, Inc.

Dr. Susan Nicholas is the Founder and CEO of Qnova Health, Inc. Dr. Nicholas is a former clinical fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford Medical Center and a former resident and research fellow at University California San Francisco. She was the first named Scholar from Emory’s Goizueta Executive MBA program. Dr. Nicholas is an avid runner and aspiring gourmet cook. She resides in the Atlanta area with her spouse and young son.





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Lynn Hood with Crackerjack Marketing

Lynn Hood/Crackerjack Marketing

Lynn Hood is the Top Kernel at Crackerjack Marketing, an integrated marketing firm that helps medical device, bioscience, high tech and business-to-business companies strategically position themselves and increase sales. Crackerjack is the answer for businesses that need a right-sized solution for their marketing, branding or public relations needs.

Lynn has more than 25 years of experience working with agencies and corporations in marketing and communications. Before founding Crackerjack Marketing, she was President of Hood Marketing Solutions for 20 years. Prior to that, Lynn was a senior writer for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and served as Communications Manager for Oglethorpe Power Corporation. She has also worked with Liberty Life Insurance/Liberty Corporation, Southern Vital Record Center, Pearl River Basin Development District and the Appalachia Health Council, and began her career as a reporter for the Augusta Chronicle-Herald.

Lynn is active in a number of organizations that support Atlanta’s growth:

• Founding member of SEMDA (Southeastern Medical Device Association) and remains on the Board of Directors after eight years. This is the seventh SEMDA Conference she has worked with.

• Chair of the Marketing Committee for three years for the Health IT Leadership Summit, and served as Director of the inaugural Intel Innovation Award program for the 2011 Summit.

• Board of Advisors – TAG Health Society

• Board of Advisors – Metro Atlanta Chamber, involved with HIT and Medical Device subcommittees

• Board of Directors – Women in Bio – Atlanta Chapter

• Marketing Chair – Clinical Trials in Georgia Conference



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Ortez Gude with Corvado and Michael Cadger with Monocle Health Data

Ortez Gude/Corvado

A Georgia native, Ortez Gude has served as Corvado’s chairman and CEO of Corvado since 2007. In this role he chairs the board of directors and is responsible for managing the company’s development, formulating and executing long-term strategies; and directing relationships with customers, employees, partners, investors and other stakeholders.

Prior to Corvado, Ortez served as Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Strategy & Development for GMG, a leading Atlanta-based construction consulting firm. During his service GMG was named the 6th fastest growing private company in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and was awarded prominent projects including the internationally recognized Center for Civil and Human Rights, a noise abatement contract for the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International, and Metropolitan Atalnta Rapid Transit Authority among others.

Prior to GMG, Ortez was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for The Haskell Company, one of America’s leading Design-Build companies. At Haskell, he led a business-technology transformation that resulted in Haskell being named the construction industry’s most highly performing and innovative company in the US.

Prior to The Haskell Company, Ortez served in various technology leadership roles for Skanska AB, a $17 Billion Fortune Global 500 construction services firm. Ortez’s roles included Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer for Beers Skanska, and General Manager of Skanska IT Solutions’ Hub Operation for North and South America. During his tenure, Ortez led Skanska to the top ranks of Information Week’s list of most innovative companies five consecutive years.

Ortez has been a featured speaker at business and technology conferences around the world.

Michael  Cadger/Monocle Health Data

Mike Cadger is the Founder and CEO of Monocle Health Data.  Mike’s executive leadership includes roles as a PWC Partner as well as CEO/CFO of insurers and health systems. Throughout his career, he’s been a healthcare innovator including developing the first hospital rate placement/product line profitability software, the first Centers of Excellence networks, the first custom PPO networks for large employers and now the first comprehensive, truly independent healthcare price and quality transparency solution. He served many Fortune 500 companies and is a noted leader in developing innovative products that ultimately become industry-leading standards.

Mike holds a BS with Honors in Finance from the University of Tennessee and an MBA in Health Care Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He served as Vice-Chair of the Grady Health Foundation and on the Finance and Development Committees during the recent turnaround of the Henry W. Grady Health System. He is also active in healthcare IT work force economic development initiatives for the state of Georgia and is the Chair of the Public Policy Subcommittee, Bioscience Leadership Council at the Metro Atlanta Chamber.


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Stuart Bracken with Bioscape Digital

Stuart Bracken/Bioscape Digital

Bioscape Digital has developed a proprietary platform that leverages the power of customizable 3D graphics to educate patients about their health. Bioscape illustrates complex medical concepts, such as heart disease, through an easy-to-understand, interactive platform.




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Arnaud Viviers with OrcaTec and Clint Crosby with Baker Donelson

Arnaud Viviers/OrcaTec

Arnaud Viviers is President, CEO and co-founder of Atlanta-based OrcaTec, which provides technology and services for categorizing, analyzing and retrieving information from huge data sets, especially in the areas of eDiscovery, risk management and regulatory compliance.

Arnaud’s specialty is in helping mad scientists commercialize their cutting-edge science by finding practical applications for it, building a business around it and bringing it to market.

Arnaud is a serial entrepreneur, originally from South Africa, who has been in the United States since 1996. Besides OrcaTec, he has founded such technology companies as Samech Technology, PriceCompete and Strategic Data Retention.

A former Officer in the South African Airforce (Air Defense Unit), Arnaud is a trained computer programmer with a distinguished sales career at Burroughs. Sperry, Unisys, Prime Computer and Sybase.

He is a regular speaker on issues related to eDiscovery and corporate storage of Big Data, particularly concerning archiving, search, categorization, advanced analytics and predictive coding.

Clint Crosby/Baker Donelson

Clint Crosby is a shareholder in the Atlanta Office of Baker Donelson. Clint focuses his practice on intellectual property and the procurement and protection of intellectual property assets for his clients. Clint also works with entrepreneurs and emerging companies to guide them through business issues including formation, business agreements, employment agreements, joint- development agreements, intellectual property agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and related matters. Clint acts as outside general counsel for many of his clients.

Clint provides insight on the firm’s support of entrepreneurs and emerging companies. The highlight of Baker Donelson’s platform is their Emerging Companies Institute which provides fixed-cost legal solutions for startup businesses including entity formation, stockholder and business agreements, mentoring on legal issues, access to all Baker Donelson training and education programs and document hosting on the firm’s extranet.

CLICK HERE to link to Clint’s Entrepreneur Minute mentioned in the show.