Dr. Bill Frist

Co-Founder & Board Chair

Dr. Bill Frist

Co-Founder & Board Chair

Doctor and Senator Bill Frist is both a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. Senator Frist is one of only two individuals to rank in the top ten of each of the five inaugural Modern Healthcare Magazine annual surveys of the most powerful people in healthcare in the United States.

Brad Smith

Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Executive Officer

Brad Smith

Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Executive Officer

Brad Smith serves as Chief Executive Officer responsible for strategic vision and leadership of the organization. Brad most recently served as chief-of-staff at the Tennessee Department of Economic Development, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the $220 million, 140-person organization. Prior to his time in state government, Brad was the founding executive director of the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a statewide education initiative. Brad, who has also spent time at McKinsey & Company, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University and received an M.Phil from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Matt Downs

Board Member

Matt Downs

Board Member

Matt Downs is a Managing Director of Sandbox Industries. He is a member of the Sandbox healthcare team and is passionate about helping Sandbox portfolio companies grow. Prior to joining Sandbox he worked at Highland Capital Partners and Morgan Stanley. He received his BA from BYU and MBA from Stanford. Sandbox Industries provides the investment management services for the BCBS Venture Funds.

Gene Fleming

Board Member

Gene Fleming

Board Member

Gene Fleming is the former CEO of Cogent Healthcare, a leading hospitalist company. Prior to his time at Cogent, Gene held management roles with Surgical Alliance, HCA and Quorum Health Group. He served as a member of the United States Air Force, where he served in the Medical Services Corps, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ann Lamont

Board Member

Ann Lamont

Board Member

Ann Lamont is the Managing Partner of Oak HC/FT, a healthcare venture capital firm. She currently serves on the boards of Castlight Health, Independent Living Systems and several other leading healthcare companies. She has previously been involved with athenahealth and Odyssey Healthcare. Ann is ranked on the Forbes Midas List as the top healthcare services investor in the country.

Ben Robbins

Board Member

Ben Robbins

Board Member

Ben Robbins is a Venture Partner with GV (formerly Google Ventures). He previously co-founded a company to improve drug adherence at a community health center in Boston and a non-profit to operate a school for AIDS orphans in Tanzania. Ben has been recognized multiple times for his social impact work, including receiving the Harvard Medical School Dean’s community service award, Harvard Medical School’s Agents of Change seed grant, Harvard Medical School’s Master Scholar scholarship, and Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise fellowship.

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