Forsyth dentech 2021 will feature a diverse panel of experts in the oral health innovation ecosystem representing government, industry, academia, venture capital, and more. The panel was hand-selected and will be moderated by Forsyth’s CEO and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Wenyuan Shi. Learn more about each panelist below.
Dr. Rena D’Souza is the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. She oversees a budget of nearly $500 million for dental research. To bring a product to market, most innovators will need government support at some point during their scientific and technology development process. Dr. D’Souza will share insights into how government can be a driver of dental innovation and play a more active role in tech development.
Stanley Bergman is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and the world’s largest provider of dental health care products and services. As the leader of the biggest dental distribution channel in the world, Stanley sees new dental products come and go, and has unparallel perspective on the entire dental field. He will share his vision and predictions for the most disruptive new technologies on the horizon.
Dr. Jeremy Krell is a Managing Partner at Revere Partners, one of the only dentistry-focused investment funds in the world. Most medical venture capital firms won’t touch dentistry. Dr. Krell will explain his investment strategy and rationale behind investing in this space.
Stephanie Hsieh is the Executive Director of Biocom California, an organization dedicated to ensuring the success of life science biotech startups. Biocom California has served as a central engine to create a thriving tech ecosystem in one of the most competitive markets in the world. She will share her experiences in building that ecosystem, and how dentistry can build a similar pipeline.
Dr. Laurie McCauley is the Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan, which has the strongest dental program in the country. Michigan is leading the field of dental training and education. Dr. McCauley will share her ideas on how to prepare dental students for the everchanging field of dentistry and oral health innovation.
Stephen Thorne is the Founder and CEO of Pacific Dental Services, the oldest and largest
dental service organization in the United States. Stephen came from the private sector, having run hundreds of private dental clinics simultaneously. He will provide insights into the types of new technologies that have significantly improved efficiency for his industry, and the solutions he hopes to see come to fruition in the near future.
Dr. Benjamin Wu is a Harvard-trained dentist, MIT-trained engineer, and chair of bioengineering and orthodontics at UCLA. He has also found time to create a spinoff company called Gradient Orthodontics. He will share his journey turning research into technology development, including the pros and cons to working across these sectors.