India’s leading healthcare summit to discuss business opportunities; few seats left
VCCircle Healthcare Investment Summit

India’s healthcare industry is growing at an unparalleled rate and presents business opportunities for entrepreneurs and industry leaders like never before. From customer-centric service delivery models to single speciality and tertiary care–the sector offers multiple opportunities to start and scale up. While the startup ecosystem has gauged as much and a plethora of ideas are discussed and launched every day, the question is what are the investors looking at? Also, apart from funding, the business model should be able to ensure that services delivered are efficient, affordable, accessible and reliable. Finally, delivery channels should also have feasibility to integrate with the latest technology.

The 8th annual edition of News Corp VCCircle Healthcare Investment summit will discuss these upcoming trends, challenges and solutions in the thriving Indian healthcare sector. With the theme, “Growth in Indian Healthcare - Where do the investment opportunities lie?”, this conference will see participation of VC and PE investors, health entrepreneurs, representatives of big hospitals and pharma ventures, and is poised to become the voice of Healthcare industry in the coming years.

8:30AM -9:45AM


09:45AM - 10:00AM

Opening Remarks: Nita Kapoor, Head, India - New Ventures, News Corp (VCCircle)

10:00AM - 10:10AM

Welcome Address: Sumit Nadgir, Director, India Value Fund Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

10:10AM - 10:15AM

Launch of Industry report : Alvarez & Marsal

10:15AM - 11:00AM

Inaugural panel: The Indian healthcare industry: Where is value creation happening?

Investments in healthcare have shown steady growth over the past few years. The number of deals and the deal size has grown significantly in pharmaceuticals and healthcare delivery space. Lately, there is a shift towards niche offerings such as single specialty formats, health tech, wearable’s and diagnostics. What will be the new frontiers that will be attracting investor interest in this sector?

Vishal Bali, Chairman, Medwell Ventures & Senior Advisor - Healthcare and Asia Head- Healthcare, TPG Capital

Aditya Sharma, Sr. Partner, Unitus Seed Fund

Sumit Nadgir, Director, India Value Fund Advisors Pvt. Ltd

Samonnoi Banerjee, Principal, Bain Capital

Vikram Utamsingh, Co-Head India & MD -Transactions Advisory Group, Alvarez & Marsal (Moderator)

11:00AM - 11:10AM

Roomwide discussion

11:10AM - 11:25AM

Networking break

11:25AM - 11:50AM

Special address on 'Trends and opportunities in emerging markets healthcare: an investor's perspective' by Chinta Bhagat, Executive Director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad

11:50AM - 12:35PM

Panel Discussion 2: Building customer- centric healthcare delivery model for a billion people: Levers for sustainable growth

An overview of current trends of the healthcare industry and how innovative business models, products and services are impacting its reach, efficiency, delivery, growth and progress in India

Velumani Arokiaswamy, CEO, Thyrocare

Vivek Desai, Founder & MD, Hosmac India Pvt Ltd

Kiran Anandampillai, Founder & CEO, Drishti

Prashant Jain, Director, o3 Capital

Om Manchanda, CEO, Dr Lal PathLabs (Moderator)

12:35PM - 12:45PM

Roomwide discussion

12:45PM - 1:45PM

Networking Lunch

1:45PM - 2:30PM

Reverse Pitch: Sectors that investors are closely watching

1:45PM - 2:00PM

Niche opportunities in healthcare investments

Right from single speciality, alternative medicines to diagnostics-at-home, the healthcare market is full of emerging trends. With a huge underserved population, there are multiple niche opportunities that are open for investments. What are some of these that investors are optimistic about? What constitutes as ROI and can some practices be geo-cloned from outside of India?

Tarun Sharma, MD, NEA

2:00PM - 2:15PM

Consumer - centric business models in healthcare

Current tech disruptions in healthcare are majorly consumer-centric offerings - services from online pharmacies, visual aids to booking an appointment with doctor. However, are start-ups planning to go beyond aggregator models and include back end services like ambulatory, paramedical, secondary & tertiary care as well?  This would require acquiring new capabilities, adapting established channels & practices as well as experimenting with new business models for which all its stakeholders - hospitals, practitioners, pharma companies, and insurance companies will need to work together. Looking at the scale of collaboration this would require, will startups venture into backend services? What are the healthcare models that attract investors?

Ramesh B Byrapaneni, MD, Endiya Partners

2:15PM - 2:30PM

Telemedicine - tool for inclusive healthcare

Healthcare industry has been discussing the role of telemedicine since past few years now. However, the reach or the impact through telemedicine is limited especially in India. While few argue that telemedicine is the way of future, what do the investors think?

Prem Pavoor, Partner, Eight Roads Ventures

2:30PM - 3:30PM

Panel Discussion 3: Single speciality space: Opportunities and challenges

Single specialty hospitals and clinics market in India has been witnessing double digit growth rates over the last few years and can be predicted as changing the facade of the healthcare sector in the coming years. The past few years have witnessed a growing interest from investors prompting both mature players and new organizations starting such facilities in India. What is attracting them to this segment and what can go wrong while investing or starting out a single speciality unit. We will hear it from industry stalwarts about how to seize an opportunity of this boom.

Mahipal Sachdev, CMD, Centre for Sight

Vikram Vora, CEO, Mydentist

Dr. Bhupendra S. Avasthi, Co- founder & MD, Surya Mother & Childcare

Nitish Agrawal, MD, Indium Capital

Ajai Kumar, Chairman & CEO, HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd.

Rohit MA, MD, Cloudnine Hospitals

Sohil Chand, MD, Norwest Venture Partners (Moderator)

3:30PM - 3:40PM

Room wide discussion

3:40PM - 3:55PM

Networking break

3:55PM - 4:35PM

Panel 4: Secrets of success and future of tertiary care

Multiple investors from past couple of years has been tertiary care, more so in the regional areas with multi-speciality ambit. What are the learning's that can be derived from ventures which exceeded expectations and what is the future of investments in tertiary space?

Anupam Verma, President, Wockhardt Hospitals

Madhur Verma, MD, Sahyadri hospitals Ltd

Monika Sood, Co-founder and Partner, Arete Advisors LLP

Vamesh Chovatia, Partner, Tata Capital Healthcare Fund (Moderator)

4:35PM - 4:45PM

Roomwide discussion

4:45PM - 5:15PM

Showcase Session - Healthcare startups

A platform curated for few innovative companies in the healthcare space to showcase and present their ideas, solutions or business models to relevant audience.

Jury Members

Aditya Sharma, Sr. Partner, Unitus Capital

Ramesh B Byrapaneni, MD, Endiya Partners

Tarun Sharma, MD, NEA

5:15PM onwards

VCCircle Unwind

This session will provide more networking time with entrepreneurs and investors over cocktails.

Day 2

9:45AM - 10:05AM

Special address on 'Healthcare and the Indian consumer – ill-informed and under prepared' by Manish Shah - Co-founder and CEO,

10:05AM - 10:50AM

Panel 1: Affordability, Accessibility, Awareness and Availability – Impact of the 4As on the evolution of healthcare in India

The universal and most important goal for the healthcare industry in India right now is to provide healthcare to its billion .This can be made possible by ensuring that the 4 As mentioned are achieved. It will take the government, corporate players, insurance sector, healthcare investors and practitioners to work together to ensure the same becomes a reality. Our panelists include stalwarts from each of these arms of the industry and will help us understand how each are working towards this goal with focus on insurance, corporate ideation, role of trust, transparency & medical ethics.

Dhruv Suyamprakasam, Founder & CEO, iCliniq

Arjun Rao, Founder & CEO, Syncremedies Healthcare Pvt Ltd

Amit Gupta, COO, Jupiter Capital

Ratan Jalan, Founder & Principal Consultant, Medium Healthcare Consulting

Mukesh Sharma, Co-founder and MD, Menterra Venture Advisors Private Limited

Kaustav Ganguli, Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal (Moderator)

10:50PM - 11:00PM

Roomwide discussion

11:00AM - 11:15AM

Networking Break

11:15AM - 12:00PM

Panel 2: Is consolidation & diversification the way forward for mature healthcare players?

Mature healthcare companies are looking at new business models to expand their horizon. Decision makers from large healthcare firms will discuss what their strategies are for future expansion and how technology will play an important role in their strategy.

Shantanu Rastogi, Principal, General Atlantic

Sanjeev Vashishta, CEO, SRL Ltd.

Raghav Ramdev, Director, ChrysCapital Advisors LLP

Ratan Jalan, Founder & Principal Consultant, Medium Healthcare Consulting

Siddharth Dhondiyal, MD, IVFA (Moderator)

12:00PM - 12:10PM

Room wide discussion

12:10PM -1:10PM

Talks: Innovation & Trends to watch out for in 2016 - 2017

These will be brief presentations on upcoming innovations, trends in diagnostics and service delivery models that will shape the healthcare industry in the coming year.

Diagnostic Healthcare

Door step sample collections, x-rays, scans, sharing of documents online across geographies; innovation has opening new avenues to connect patients with doctors. What will be some future innovations that will bring healthcare within reach of every citizen?

Sanjeev Vashishta, CEO, SRL Ltd.

Healthcare Delivery

Innovation is not restricted to preventive healthcare & diagnostics alone but also in the way services are being delivered to patients/consumers. With hospitals, clinics and practitioners themselves looking at a whole new way of imparting their services, we will hear from an expert about the way forward for this sector.

Pradeep Dadha, CEO and founder,

Leveraging data: Identifying & targeting customers

In times when healthcare units are full of data - clinical and otherwise, how can startups make sense of this resource and leverage it to increase their customer base. Further, how can these services be used to deliver healthcare at home to those in need

Vikram Kumar, Founder & CEO, Multiplier Solutions

Innovation in pharma: R&D, delivery chains & investments

The Indian pharmaceutical industry is one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world. Since 2000, the drugs and pharma sector has attracted one of the highest foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows of approximately $12,689 million and investors continue to visit this industry for high returns and low risk. Considering the bright outlook, start-ups are entering the value chain with technologies disrupting R&D and delivery formats. There are also set of challenges like IPR, CL's, pricings, adherence to regulations etc. What are some challenges faced by start-ups? What are investors sentiments?

Chandru Chawla, Head - Corporate Strategy and New Ventures, Cipla Ltd

1:10PM – 2:00PM

Networking Lunch

2:00PM - 2:40PM

Panel 3: Smart hospitals: What will hospitals of future look like?

Patient-centricity is slowly gaining prominence in Indian healthcare giving rise to hospitals that are not only state-of-the-art health care facilities that satisfy the needs of patients today but also envision the trends in future. Smart hospitals mean innovation not only in design but also patient care and treatment. Considering what is latest technological advancement today will  be obsolete in the near future, how are hospitals and healthcare facilities gearing up to keep up with this dynamism?

Milind Godbole, MD, GeBBS Healthcare

Gautam Khanna, CEO, Hinduja Hospitals

Karthik Narayanaswamy, Co-Founder and Executive Director, SeaLink Capital Partners

Vijay Nallan Chakravarthi, Executive Director, Investments, Standard Chartered Private Equity (Moderator)

2:40PM - 2:50PM

Room wide discussion

2:50PM – 3:25PM

Panel 4: Healthcare Analytics: The net game-changer for the Indian healthcare industry

Corporatization of the Indian healthcare industry over the last few decades has led to the emergence of many national and regional private healthcare chains. These private players are largely concentrated in urban areas and there is greater competition amongst the private players on clinical equality, branding and pricing of services. In such an intensely competitive environment, is the future leadership contingent upon the organization's ability to leverage healthcare analytics?

Ravi Gaur, MD & COO, Oncquest Labs Ltd

Kanav Kahol, Founder, Swasthya Slate

Rahul Garg, Director, Medsurg Business, Boston Scientific

Mihir Shah, MD & Founder, UE LifeSciences Inc

3:25PM - 3:35PM

Roomwide discussion

3:35PM onwards

Tea & Networking

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