Keynote Speakers
4 Exciting Keynotes

Georgia Bio strives to provide Summit attendees with new and exciting keynote speakers each year.  This year we will welcome three keynote speakers on October 16, 2014.

Stephen Oesterle, M.D., Sr. Vice President for Medicine & Technology, Medtronic, Inc.

Speaking Time 9:30am
Stephen N. Oesterle, M.D., joined the company in 2002 as Senior Vice President for Medicine and Technology. In this role, Steve provides executive leadership for Medtronic scientific research, formation of technological strategies and continued development of strong cooperative relationships with the world's medical communities, technical universities, financial institutions and emerging medical device companies.

Previously, Steve served as Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard University Medical School and as Director of Invasive Cardiology Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. A teacher and innovator in the field of cardiac catheterization, he has also developed and directed interventional cardiology programs at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles; at Georgetown University; and at Stanford University.

Steve is a 1973 summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College and received his medical doctorate from Yale University in 1977. He completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and also served a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Stanford.

Lieutenant Colonel Rich Clifford, NASA Astronaut, Parkinson’s Disease Advocate

Speaking Time 12:00pm

Rich Clifford is a passionate advocate and activist for Parkinson’s Disease. He is also a patient since he was first diagnosed with the disease after completing his second spaceflight in 1994. Subsequent to the diagnosis he was assigned to a third  space shuttle mission.


He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (BS) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (MS). A Master Army Aviator and graduate of the US Naval Test Pilot School, he has over 3,400 hours in a wide variety of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He was selected as a NASA Astronaut in 1990. He is a veteran of three space shuttle missions STS-53 (DEC 1992), STS-59 (APR 1994) and STS-76 (MAR 1996) for a total of over 27 days orbiting the earth. He was diagnosed with Early Parkinson’s Disease after his second mission. His third mission, STS-76, docked with the Russian space station MIR. During this mission he performed a six hour spacewalk from the space shuttle, while docked to the MIR, to install experiment packages on MIR.


Clifford retired from the US Army and left NASA to join the Boeing Defense and Space  Group as the Director of Operations and Utilization for the design, production, and assembly of the International Space Station.  Upon completion of this program he became the Deputy Program Manager for the Space Shuttle Program until the last flight of the Space Shuttle. He is married and has two sons.


Jay Yadav, M.D. Founder and Former CEO, CardioMEMS

Speaking Time 12:30pm
AJay S. Yadav, M.D., is the Founder and former Chief Executive of CardioMEMS which was acquired by St. Jude Medical. While at The Cleveland Clinic in the late 1990’s, Dr. Yadav realized that much of the expense and inefficiency healthcare is due to its reactive nature.  This insight led him to create a proactive approach to prevent hospitalizations for heart failure, the leading cause of hospitalizations: there are 1.1 million heart failure hospitalizations per year at a cost of over $20 billion.  Once patients are hospitalized, they often get an invasive heart catheterization to guide their management.  Dr. Yadav founded CardioMEMS to create a way to get heart catheterization type of information on a daily basis from the patient’s home in order to prevent hospitalizations. CardioMEMS combines cutting edge advances in micro-electronics, wireless communication and information technology. CardioMEMS is a pioneer in the creation of medical devices that provide critical and timely information to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. CardioMEMS has received FDA approval as well as Medicare reimbursement.

Dr. Yadav’s research career has spanned over 20 years with a focus on the treatment of complex cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease that was not treatable by current therapies. He has authored over 200 scientific articles and two books and his work was recognized by the American Heart Association as one of the Top Ten Scientific Advances of 2003. In 2004, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his contributions to medicine. In 2011, he was named one of the 50 best doctors in the history of the Cleveland Clinic.  Also in 2011, the treatment he developed for the treatment of carotid artery disease became a Class I recommendation of the National Guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Yadav was the founder of Angioguard (acquired by JNJ) and initial investor and director of SMART Therapeutics (acquired by Boston Scientific).  Dr. Yadav is a director of several private medical device and technology companies.  He is Chairman of the Southeast Medical Device Association (SEMDA), Co-Chair of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Bioscience Leadership Council, Chairman of the Medical Device Committee and a Director of Georgia Bio, The Indus Entrepreneurs and the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI).  His entrepreneurial contributions have been recognized by a number of awards including the Southeast Medical Device Association Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2010, Phoenix Award for Medical Devices 2011, Association of Telecom Professionals Award 2011, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Healthcare (Southeast Region) for 2011 and the Intel Innovation Award for 2012.  

Dr. Yadav is a graduate of Yale College and the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and did his post graduate training in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Duke and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Ryan Olohan, National Industry Director, Healthcare, Google Inc.

Speaking Time 4:45pm - Kickoff for the Shark Tank & Closing Reception
As the National Industry Director for Healthcare at Google, Ryan Olohan leads the teams responsible for developing and managing Google's relationships with pharmaceutical and consumer health companies. Ryan's teams partner with the largest advertisers in the world to build their brands through utilizing Google's vast search, display, mobile, online video, and other platforms. As head of the Healthcare industry, Ryan is also responsible for driving the teams' strategy, industry and consumer insights, operational excellence, and thought leadership.

Before Healthcare, Ryan spent the majority of his 7.5 years at Google overseeing the CPG industry as the Head of Consumer Packaged Goods. Outside of his day job, Ryan is a frequent speaker at industry events and is a Board member for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Digital Health Coalition, and the founder of the Google Healthcare Advisory Board.

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