Chronic Disease Management Panel

Innovative Solutions for Long-Term, Self-Empowered Health

Thursday (3/16) – 2 PM EDT

Managing chronic conditions has evolved beyond therapeutic intervention – research has shown that multiple components can play a role in successfully managing a chronic disease, including digital platforms, disease monitoring and interactive tools. Panelists may discuss the following topics:

  • What components are crucial to keeping patients engaged in chronic disease management?
  • How do you evaluate these tools?
  • Outside the technology, what is important for the company to consider?

These technologies can include components such as gamification, managing accompanying mental health challenges and even interactions with caregivers/family members to help the patient manage all aspects of chronic disease. Investors, doctors and insurance companies know that properly managing chronic conditions long-term can play a large role in improving patient quality of life, minimizing healthcare costs and, hopefully, preventing these conditions from spinning out of control.


Brenda Irwin, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Relentless Venture Fund (Moderator)

Brenda is a former life science venture capitalist for Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). While at BDC she had personal responsibility for the management of a $100M+ healthcare portfolio including private to publicly listed organizations. Prior to launching the Relentless Venture Fund in 2018, Brenda co-founded the angel investment group Relentless Pursuit Partners with Olympian, Simon Whitfield in 2015. Brenda specializes in both assessing and top grading the investment potential of early-stage companies. She has been a Board Director for 15 private and public for-profit life sciences and biotechnology corporations. Market sectors represented within her portfolio ranged from therapeutics, biotech, medtech, health technology & wellness organizations. Brenda is committed to inspiring young women to pursue careers in science and technology. Brenda is proud to have spent nearly a decade on the non-profit Board of Directors for Take A Hike – Youth at Risk Foundation, an organization enabling at-risk youth to positively change their lives. She was also a Director on the Providence Health Care Board of Directors for six years where she also chaired their Innovation Committee.

Nadav Shimoni, Head of Digital Health, Arkin Holdings Ltd

Dr. Nadav Shimoni joined Arkin Holdings in 2020 as head of Digital Health sector. He comes from a diverse background combining experience in medicine together with venture capital, business development, and deep technological project/product management.

Dr. Shimoni is a physician by training, previously the Director of Hospital Business Development at Clalit Health Services, Israel’s largest integrated payer-provider system, governing one of the world’s largest and richest longitudinal healthcare database. In parallel, he conducted research in public health focusing on implementation of data/AI-driven solutions in the clinical workflow.

Dr. Shimoni is the founder of 81 HealthTech Network, a 250-members community for IDF intelligence core technological unit alumni active in the HealthTech sector. In his prior positions he served as Head of Business Development at Rambam Medical Center while practicing internal medicine and as an Associate at Accelmed, VC & PE medical device investment firm.

He holds M.D. from Ben Gurion University, Magna Cum Laude.