Aging2.0 | Washington, DC – May 2013

Aging2.0 | Washington, DC – May 2013
Event on 2013-05-20 18:00:00

Aging2.0 (@Agingtoo#Aging2) is a global network of innovators working in the 50+ market. We are creating an interdisciplinary, collaborative community drawn from business, research, policy, design and technology, together with older adults themselves. Our mission is to accelerate innovation to improve the quality of life for older adults around the world.

Our events bring a diverse collection of people together informally over snacks, drinks and good discussions to grow the "connective tissue" that supports an ecosystem of innovation. Our events generally start off with some 'big picture' perspectives from researchers, novel thinkers or industry veterans and are followed by pitches from startup companies.

Details: 6-9 pm, Monday May 20 @ Arent Fox LLP, 1717 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Hosted by: 


  • Adam Darkins, Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services, Veterans Health Administration
  • John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers in Aging
  • Ian N. Kremer, Executive Director, Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease
  • Kevin Kothari, Director of Corporate Development, GE-Intel CareInnovations
  • Alvaro Fernandez, Founder, Sharp Brains
  • Gail Embt, CEO, Kinergy Health
  • Stephen Johnston, Founder, Aging2.0 (Moderator)

Speaker / Company Info

Adam Darkins, Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services, Veterans Health Administration

Adam Darkins leads the National Telehealth Programs for US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Successful implementation of Telehealth within VA involves the use of health Informatics,  telehealth and disease management technologies to enhance and extend care and case management. Under his leadership VA has developed the clinical,  technology and business underpinnings to successfully implement and sustain enterprise-wide telehealth-based services that have demonstrably improved access to care for patients,  reduced utilization of health care resources and are associated with very high levels of patient satisfaction., VA’s is seen as a national/international leader in telehealth with over 480, 000 patients receiving care annually via 1.4 million episodes of care.

On any given day 77, 000 Veteran patients are using home telehealth technologies that enable them to live independently at home. The mission of these programs is to provide the right care,  in the right place,  at the right time to the appropriate patient. The associated aim is that of providing care for patients in the most convenient setting whenever safe,  appropriate,  effective and cost-effective. The VA experience shows telehealth can bring about transformative change in the management of high incidence chronic diseases in the population,  ones that pose an ever-increasing challenge for all health care systems., Adam Darkins has worked in health services development,  transitioning care from hospitals into home and community settings,  and implementing enterprise information technology systems in the US and UK since 1991. He has a previous clinical background in neurosurgery.

John Feather, Chief Executive, Grantmakers in Aging

 John Feather, PhD is Chief Executive Officer of Grantmakers in Aging, the national association of grantmaking foundations and other organizations that work to improve the lives of older people. 

An organizational sociologist by training, Dr. Feather has deep experience in the challenges of aging.  He served as Executive Director and CEO of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the national membership organization of pharmacists who specialize in care of older persons, and prior to that as Director of the AARP Andrus Foundation, the research and education charity of AARP.

Dr. Feather is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging, along with volunteer service on boards of 12 other organizations.

Ian Kremer, Executive Director, Leaders Against Alzheimer's Disease

Ian Kremer has worked for nearly two decades to build a national Alzheimer’s movement.  Ian now serves as Executive Director of Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD), a diverse and growing national coalition of 57 member organizations including patient advocacy and voluntary health non-profits, philanthropies and foundations, trade and professional associations, academic research and clinical institutions, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.  The coalition works collaboratively to focus the nation’s strategic attention on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and to accelerate transformational progress in care and support, detection and diagnosis, and research leading to prevention, effective treatment and eventual cure.  Ian holds degrees from Washington University and the University of Michigan School of Law.  He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the American Bar Association.

Kevin Kothari, Director, Corporate Development, Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC

 Kevon Kothari is the Director of Corporate Development with Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC.  Kevon is responsible for Corporate Venturing activities, Mergers, Acquisition, & Divestitures as well as corporate partnerships and helps to formulate the companies near term and long term corporate strategy.  Kevon has 15 years of experience delivering innovative solutions within the technology space, the last 8 years focused on Home Healthcare & Independent Living technologies and services.

Alvaro Fernandex, CEO, Sharp Brains

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, is the CEO of Sharp­Brains, a lead­ing inde­pen­dent market research and think tank track­ing health and pro­duc­tiv­ity appli­ca­tions of neu­ro­science. He has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, CNN, Reuters, and Asso­ci­ated Press, among oth­ers. Mr. Fer­nan­dez is the editor-in-chief of the mar­ket report “The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Mar­ket 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain func­tion­ing,” and the co-author of “The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness,” rec­og­nized as a “Best Book” by AARP. He started his career at McK­in­sey & Co, and led the launch and turn-around of sev­eral education-related start-ups. Alvaro has an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and a BA in Eco­nom­ics from Uni­ver­si­dad de Deusto.

Gail Embt, CEO, Kinergy Health

A serial entrepreneur, Gail Foster Embt has delivered a variety of ground-breaking services over her career in both consumer Internet technology (during her time at AOL) and managing complex distributed data networks. Gail's personal and professional experiences drove her to build the vision for cost effective care delivery that drives KinergyTM Health today.

KinergyTM Health reduces the cost and complexity of care management for seniors and chronic disease sufferers. KinergyTM Health's  patient-centered collaborative healthspaceSM  connects the disparate members of a patient’s care team, providing everyone with up-to-date information on the patient, and the ability to communicate with one another and the patient/family caregiver.  KinergyTM Navigators provide personalized support to patients and care teams to overcome delays and enable patient self-management.


Stephen Johnston, Founder, Aging2.0 (Moderator)

Stephen Johnston, MBA is Founder of Aging2.0 and of Fordcastle LLC, an innovation consulting firm. Recent clients of Fordcastle include Vodafone,  Roche Diagnostics,  Intercontinental Hotels Group and the Tau Consortium,  a research group on the frontier of neuroscience and personalized medicine. He is co-author of Growth Champions,  published by Wiley in April 2012. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School,  where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Stephen can be reached at @agingtoo and @sdbj.


Thanks to our hosts: Arent Fox LLP

Practicing law since 1942, Arent Fox is a dynamic, diversified firm with more than 350 lawyers across its three offices. @arentfox



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