The intersection of today's and tomorrow's digital healthcare.

Founded in 2015 by HITLAB and NYC/EDC with the vision of catalyzing and accelerating emerging digital healthcare technologies.

Catalyzing change for early-stage startups

Breakthrough bridges the gap between industry-leading companies and promising digital health startups that will shape our tomorrow. Selected startups receive:

Opportunities to develop strategic relationships with industry leading brands.

Zero cost to apply, zero cost to participate, no equity taken by HITLAB.

Refinement of key concepts and prototypes from healthcare professionals.

Design and implementation of a study to rapidly verify the core innovation.

We partner with innovative startups to spark change in digital healthcare delivery.

Through an annual application, as well as a wealth of unique networking opportunities, we open our doors to promising startups, with the aim of helping them overcome the hurdle of research and fostering connections with global healthcare brands who could benefit from innovative technologies. 

Sponsoring Members Include:

Breakthrough bridges the gap between industry-leading healthcare companies and the promising digital health startups that will help shape our tomorrow.

Amplify Your Impact on Global Healthcare.

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  • Expand your influence and grow your network through exclusive events.

  • Access insight, industry trends and breaking news.

  • Receive clean transcripts and slides from all live events.

  • Accelerate your networking with VIP introductions each month.

  • Stay informed on the latest trends in global digital health investments.

  • Private monthly salons and exclusive digital ​health book author Q&As.

Our board members are from industry-leading companies

William (Bill) Taranto
Founder & President

Jonathan Hahn
Chief Information Officer

Laurent van Lerberghe
Angel Investor, Digital Health & Chair of Breakthrough Alliance Europe

Mikko Baylosis
Project Manager


Wayne Talleur
Chief Financial Officer

Fernando Gomez-Baquero
Director of Runway and Spinouts

Patrick Pilch
Co-Founder & Director 
Healthcare Excellence & Innovation

Jim McGough    

Guy Eiferman

Judith Dunn
Executive in Residence (EIR)

Sean Dowling
Managing Director, Strategic Ventures

Amy West
Head of US Digital
Health & Innovation Strategy

Harsha Murthy
Managing Partner

Lauren Schafer
Venture Operations

Dr. Sheldon Elman, MD
Chairman & Co-Founder

Robin Roberts
Co-Founder, Managing Director – Head of Strategy  

Emily Kagen
VP, Digital & Innovation Strategy

Wen Dombrowski
Founding Principal & Chief
Convergence Officer

Chrysanthi Dori
Vice President, Tech Services

David Berger

April Smith Hirak
Regional Health Administrator

Olivier Rabenschlag
Founding Partner

Michael Peterson Managing Director

Dr. Glennis Mehra
Director (NYU Langone)

Check out what our previous startups have gone on to do!

Over-subscribed venture capital raise of $2.4 million.

Expanding to include new services and audiences.

Doubled funding and tripled size of team after the study.

Secured a commercial partnership with Goretex.

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