The Leader – September 2016

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Health Care Innovation

By Alexandria Felton, Senior Director Health Policy

bigstock-medicine-doctor-working-with-m-43167979In Silicon Valley and around the state we have seen the rapid emergence of new health-tech companies. We believe that California has the competitive advantage to foster this emerging health-tech industry. Last year, investments in digital health alone reached nearly $6 billion and California-based companies were able to draw most of that funding.

In addition, the region’s biotech and pharmaceutical companies continue to develop life-saving treatments and cures while forming new partnerships with tech companies like Google and Apple. It is also important to recognize the unique role that biotech and health-tech companies play in making Silicon Valley a better region for employers and workers to create jobs, including funding startups and leading efforts to help diversify the STEM workforce pipeline.

An increasingly diverse ecosystem of health care providers, bio-pharma and technology companies presents both opportunities and challenges as patients become more engaged health care consumers. New strategies are needed to promote innovation while providing affordable health care and advancing health equity and access.

The Internet of Things, or the vast system of interrelated computing devices, is dramatically changing every industry, including health care – from tele-medicine to clinical trials managed through a phone app. Consumers now have expanded access afforded through new technologies, however critical issues related to privacy, security and regulatory compliance still remain.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is committed to promoting innovation and advocating for policies that help health care providers, biotech companies, genomics companies and research institutions bring transformative technologies to the community. To advance this effort, executives, elected officials and community leaders will convene on September 13 for a morning of robust policy discussions during the Leadership Group’s “Health Care Innovation Tour” co-hosted by Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and featuring visits to Amgen, Johnson & Johnson’s JLABS and Gilead.

Contact Alexandria Felton at to learn more about the Health Care Innovation Tour.


Thanksgiving in September – Committing to Help Families in Need

By Rob Chang, Foundation Marketing Manager

TurkeyTrotStartLinThe goal for year 12 of the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” is to raise $1 million for families in need – and we need your help. Over the last 11 years the Turkey Trot has raised nearly $6 million for its five beneficiaries providing our communities in need with health, hope and a home.

Register at to help the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation accomplish its goal for these beneficiaries that help provide essential services for local families in need:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties: The Food Bank sources millions of pounds of fresh produce – a genuine gift for the kids, families and seniors being fed each month.

Housing Trust Silicon Valley: Help make Silicon Valley a more affordable place by supporting multifamily lending, homebuyer assistance programs, homeless prevention and neighborhood stabilization.

Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County: Funds support the VisionFirst program to provide vision screenings and access to corrective services.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County: Contributions support the Food Bank with food distribution for working poor families, children and seniors in Santa Cruz County.

The Health Trust: Promotes the advancement of wellness through health educational programs to teach people to prevent and manage diabetic conditions.

The Turkey Trot has become a must-attend annual tradition for Silicon Valley where families, friends and colleagues come together on Thanksgiving morning for a 5K or 10K run/walk through downtown San Jose.

Join your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues to help those less fortunate by registering for the Turkey Trot today at

Don’t forget to check out all the new registration features such as the new referral rewards program and a new platform for Fittest Firm. If your organization is interested in the Marvell Semiconductor “Fittest Firm Competition,” contact Heather Miranda at

The Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot” was founded and is produced by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation.


On September 1st, 2016, posted in: The Leader by