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Jay Kunin, PhD

Managing Director of Professional Health Technologies (USA) LLC

Jay Kunin, PhD, has over 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, consultant and investor, has founded or co-founded seven companies and served as executive officer of multiple other entrepreneurial ventures. Two of his startups were acquired by Fortune 500 companies, and one did an IPO. He is managing director of Professional Health Technologies (USA) LLC, a strategic consulting firm that assists early-stage healthcare and healthtech companies with U.S. market entry. Kunin & Associates, founded in 1998, has provided consulting and advisory services in all areas of pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and healthcare software and systems.

He currently serves on the boards of PharmaSecure, Inc. (drug anti-counterfeiting systems) and Sironis, Inc. (anesthesiology systems) and is the strategic alliance officer for The Diary Corp., managing business development in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the U.S. He has been an investor, director and advisor of numerous entrepreneurial companies in markets including digital health, pharmacy & health IT, medical devices, tissue engineering, wound healing and protein translation engineering, as well as software companies in the bioengineering, education, financial, legal and internet industries. He was a founding board member of the Life Sciences I.T. Global Institute, which was merged into the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Dr. Kunin is a member of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investing group in the U.S., and served on the Board of Governors as well as vice president of Life Sciences for six years. He has been a consultant on angel investing to the government of New Zealand and Incubators New Zealand, and a visiting fellow with the Australian Institute for Commercialisation.

He earned a PhD in computer science from MIT, where he contributed to the first electronic health record system, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital. He has taught in the engineering schools at MIT and U.C. San Diego, and in the business schools at the University of Denver, San Diego State University and Loyola Marymount University.