Chris Kommatas is currently the Head of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at the Health Round Table, and is the co-founder and Director of the Melbourne Health Accelerator at the The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is also the founder of the largest early-stage healthtech startup community, Startup HealthTech.
Chris' former life included clinical roles in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, the Reebok Sports Club and in primary care settings in his native New York City. His commercial experience includes over 20 years in pharmaceutical and medical technology leadership roles with global companies such as GSK, Merck, Pfizer and ConvaTec in the US, UK and across Asia Pacific.
Chris’ entrepreneurial journey began in 2013, as a social venture in Melbourne’s emerging digital health sector. The result was the establishment of StartUp HealthTech, Australia’s largest early-stage digital health community with over 2500 members. Through the success of what is currently one of the top health technology Meetup networks in the world, he co-founded LanewayLabs, Australia’s first dedicated digital health incubator and the Melbourne Health Accelerator in partnership with the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Through his latest initiative, the Global Health Innovation Exchange, launched in collaboration with the City of Melbourne and Osaka City University Hospital, he focuses on building an international network of hospital-led innovation programs leveraging the startup ecosystem and tapping into world-class hospitals and universities.
In his spare time, Chris is father (and soccer coach) to Gabriella and Lincoln and also the lead for the Health 2.0 Melbourne chapter and regular presenter on all things digital health innovation for organisations such as the Australian Diabetes Society, Deloitte, Pitcher Partners and emerging technology conferences such as Future Assembly, Social Innovation and the Convergence Science Network.
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