Steven Collens

Chief Executive Officer, MATTER

Steven Collens is CEO of MATTER, the healthcare technology incubator and innovation center. MATTER opened in February 2015 and nurtures entrepreneurs and innovators building next-generation health IT, medical device, diagnostic and biopharma technologies. MATTER works with 200 healthcare technology ventures and the company partners with 10 hospitals and health systems, 5 universities and more than 50 industry-leading companies. Steven is also a senior advisor at Pritzker Group Venture Capital.

Prior to assuming his current role, Steven was senior vice president at Pritzker Group, the investment firm led by Tony and J.B. Pritzker. In that capacity, he led the team that created 1871, Chicago’s center for digital startups that now houses more than 400 early-stage companies. He previously worked at Abbott in a variety of domestic and international functions, including product management, policy and public affairs. In 2005, Steven helped found ConstantWellness.com to give patients control over their health data and allow healthcare providers to coordinate care of their patients. Prior to Abbott, Steven served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun.

Steven holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis. He serves on the boards of 1871, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Chicago High School for the Arts and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and is a member of ChicagoNEXT, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s council on technology and innovation. He is also a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago.

Speaker Sessions

25 – Toward Proactive, Predictive, and Personalized Care: How Startups Are Using Data Science to Build a Better Future for Healthcare (innovation, AI)

The healthcare system is moving from one where patients interact with care episodically and reactively, toward a future where healthcare is proactive, predictive, and personalized. Currently, patients wait to see a doctor when they are sick—soon, healthcare will come to the patient before they even realize they have a medical problem. The technology and analytics capabilities needed to make this future happen are rapidly advancing as innovative healthcare startups work toward a new healthcare model where proactive, predictive, and personalized care is a reality for all patients.

Join Steven Collens, CEO of MATTER, to learn about trends in healthcare startup innovations, current focuses of healthcare digital entrepreneurs, and examples of how cutting-edge companies are harnessing healthcare data in new and novel ways. MATTER is the premier health technology collaborative that includes more than 200 start-ups and 70 industry partners committed to improving health and care for every patient. MATTER start-ups have raised $528 million in financing and their solutions have thus far benefited 76 million patients.

This presentation will provide attendees with:

  • Insight into how healthcare entrepreneurs are leveraging data and digital technology to build the future of healthcare.
  • Tips for working effectively with startups and building internal innovation capacity to create real value for patients.

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