INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT: STEPHEN JOHNSTON, CO-FOUNDER, AGING2.0

Aging2.0 is a global innovation platform on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world.

Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports innovators through community building (including the Alliance and Chapter communities), events and programming. Over the past 3 years, Aging2.0 has hosted more than 200 events around the world, cultivating a robust ecosystem of entrepreneurs, technologists, designers, investors, senior care providers and seniors themselves.

Aging2.0 is run by a small, dedicated, mission-driven team out of San Francisco, California, and its 30 volunteer-run chapters extend from Australia and Brazil throughout Europe, Asia and the rest of the US.

Aging2.0 is a sister organization of Generator Ventures, which was launched in May 2014 in conjunction with Formation Capital, a $6bn private equity firm. Generator Ventures provides both capital and unprecedented access to leading long-term care organizations and distribution channels.

We sat down with d.health 2016 speaker Stephen Johnston, Co-Founder of Aging2.0 to learn more about his organization’s role in transforming care for Aging Americans.

 

Why are you and Aging2.0 participating in the d.health Summit 2016?

I was impressed at the caliber of the people and the agenda – combining policy and tech is fairly novel and important

Tell us your disruptive innovation story. What is Aging2.0 working on that will change the game for healthcare and Aging Americans?

We help startups connect with the aging and senior care world – there’s very little connection between the two worlds, so that’s already disruptive. The big breakthrough opportunity is to connect the silos, and there are many. We’re bringing in the best ideas from around the world and putting them to work in US healthcare.

What do you see as the single most untapped opportunity in healthcare today?

Loneliness – building an empowered community to keep people connected with their social network and engaged with society.

What do you see as the biggest obstacle to improving healthcare for Aging Americans?

Fragmentation, lack of information clarity and vested interests.

Paint us a picture of the healthcare delivery system for Aging Americans 5 years from today?

I see an integrated business system where health payers recognize and encourage lifestyle interventions that keep people out of acute care.


About Stephen Johnston

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Co-Founder, Aging2.0
Stephen Johnston MBA is co-founder of Aging2.0 a global innovation platform for aging and senior care, and of the Innovation Leaders Fund, a global equity fund focused on innovation. He is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. Stephen serves on the board of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), and Music and Memory, 501c3 nonprofits focused on improving the quality of life for older people. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

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