Elliot Menschik
Life Sciences
Amazon

I''m a physician/scientist/engineer turned repeat founder/operator and startup investor. At Amazon Web Services I''m responsible for our relationships with healthcare and life science investors and their portfolio companies.

Earlier I founded and led the healthcare arm of DreamIt Ventures where I sourced, seeded and worked alongside 40+ healthtech startups (health IT, diagnostics, devices), getting them off the starting blocks and to market with first customers and strategic partners. This work was a close collaboration with industry leaders including Johns Hopkins, Penn Medicine, Independence Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente and Northrop Grumman.

I was previously the founder/CEO of HxTechnologies, an early player in health information exchange (think BitTorrent or Napster for medical images and records) which we sold to Health Care Service Corporation, the largest payer you''ve likely never heard of. HCSC owns and operates Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Montana. Post-acquisition, I served as general manager at their health IT subsidiary, MEDecision, with responsibility for launching and running its provider-facing business including care coordination, health information exchange, electronic health records, personal health records and telemedicine. I also co-founded and ran Venturef0rth, one of the first coworking spaces in Philadelphia, which we successfully grew and sold in 2014. At Penn I''ve spent several years teaching engineering students how to launch and run tech startups.

I''ve spent way too much time in school. I went to Penn Med where I earned MD and PhD degrees doing computational research on Alzheimer''s disease and memory function.  Earlier I attended Johns Hopkins where I learned a thing or two about chip design on the way to MSEE and BSE degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering.