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Health 2.0 Advisors Announce 10 Industry Leaders Seeking Health Care Innovation Partnerships

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Health2.0 Advisors announced today the ten leading health care organizations that will be participating in the third series of Matchpointmeetings, October 10th at the Cooley LLP offices in San Francisco. At Matchpoint, leading health care organizations (Matchpoint Hosts) meet face to face with the most promising early-stage companies (Matchpoint Innovators) in 15 minute, focused meetings to discuss potential partnerships, pilots, and acquisitions. The Industry Leaders are Aetna, United Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Medtronic, Cigna, Premera Blue Cross, Cooley LLP, Ziegler, and The Packard Foundation.

"The quality of the companies we met exceeded our expectations and we have initiated follow-up conversations with more companies than we had anticipated. Hosting the Matchpoint sessions was very valuable [to UnitedHealthcare]," said previous Matchpoint Host Vidya Raman-Tangella, Vice President, Product Innovation and Innovation Resource Group at UnitedHealth Group.

Health 2.0 Advisors uses a proprietary database and unique industry insights to identify the best matches between young companies and established industry leaders. In its first year, Matchpoint has already facilitated more than 250 highly curated meetings.

"Health 2.0 Advisors recognizes which potential partnerships have the best chances of success in a rapidly evolving market," said Marco Smit, Senior VP of Health 2.0 and President of Health 2.0 Advisors. "Our ability to make assessments of fit -- based on technology needs, clinical benefits, business objectives, and cultural match -- between established and start-up companies has been a great asset for the Matchpoint participants."

Matchpoint San Francisco marks the first time a series of educational workshops will be offered to participants. Innovators will learn how to broker business partnerships and make their startups both financially and technologically viable.

The next Matchpoint meetings will be in New York on November 28th. Pharmaceutical companies, providers, and payers are expected to be among those taking advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with selected innovators from New York's burgeoning health technology ecosystem.

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SOURCE Health 2.0