October Founder Fridays

On October 8th, Google’s Developer Ecosystems will host a digital Founder Fridays for North American startups focused on Scaling and Tech Adoption in the Health Industry. 

With the role of technology in healthcare constantly evolving, how can startups continue to be change agents in terms of adoption of new technology and scaling access to innovation? In this session, we will explore recent progress we’ve seen in health tech and life sciences and the trends coming up in the industry. Whether you’re a founder or a team member, if your startup is focused on healthtech – this one’s for you! We’ll equip you with strategies on how to get in front of your potential customers and tackle barriers to entry.

Join us on October 8th for a rich discussion with Google Health experts, Verily, and startup founders to discuss the latest trends in health technology and how to scale adoption at your startup. 


Who Should Attend?

Founders, executives or employees of early-stage to series A funded startup companies who are focused on the healthtech industry and interested in scaling and tech adoption.


  • Founder Fridays lightning talks will go live on Friday, October 8 at 12:00pm EST
  • The live Q&A will begin right after the content at 12:45pm EST so be sure to stay tuned!


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Ashley Francisco

Head of Startup Developer Ecosystems,
Google Canada

Ashley Francisco currently serves as the Head of Startup Developer Ecosystems for Google Canada. She manages Google Canada's Accelerator programs, scaled startup ecosystem events, and Canadian partner engagement. Her goal is to bring the best of Google's people, programs, products and technology to startup teams across the country. Ashley is a professional marketer by trade with a diverse background in local and global brand building at Google, Visa, Mondelez and Kraft Foods. 

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Ilia Tulchinsky

Director of Software,

Ilia Tulchinksy is Director of Software, Verily Health Platforms & Site Lead, Verily Canada - a role he has been in since March 2021.

Ilia is a software developer with 20+ years of experience spanning medical devices in neurology and electrodiagnostic fields as well as mobile, media and data mining. In his 13 years at Google, Ilia had built scaled applications and infrastructure across enterprise and mobile applications, information retrieval and analytics systems.

For the past 4 years, Ilia led the development of Google Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences platform focusing on interoperability and AI. This included Google Cloud Healthcare APIs supporting FHIR, DICOM, Genomics pipelines as well as health records NLP and medical imaging AI.

Ilia has 2 teenage daughters and is an avid skier.  


Aashima Gupta

Director of Healthcare Solutions,
Google Canada

Aashima spearheads Healthcare solutions for Google Cloud. In this role, she sets the direction for the transformative Healthcare solutions and leads engagement with healthcare key executives in helping transform their business strategies that define new models for care, revenue generation and improved patient experiences. By incorporating strategic technology elements of artificial intelligence and Cloud technologies into the care regimen, she strongly believes that patient care and experience can be substantially improved.

She founded and led Healthcare vertical and interoperability efforts at Apigee and is a passionate advocate for Open Data and the use of APIs to overcome Healthcare data Silos. Previously, Aashima led Digital Health Incubations at Kaiser Permanente and brought several frameshifting opportunities to life including first-ever Kaiser Permanente API. She was responsible for driving innovation through the convergence of various digital technologies.

She has authored several Healthcare articles and is a frequent speaker at industry forums.Recently she was recognized as Most Influential Women in Healthcare IT by HIMSS and for the Top 100 Women in Fem Tech and Health Tech award.She is founder of GirlsInTek, an initiative with a purpose is to ignite girl’s innovative talent and interest in computer science.

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Lutz Finger

Group Project Manager,
Google Health 

Lutz is a senior guest lecturer at Cornell University and a Group Product Manager at Google Health. He is the author of the book “Ask Measure Learn.” Lutz thinks and talks about data and how machine learning and AI will change our world. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Fisheye Analytics, a media data-mining company, which supports governments and NGOs with data insights. 

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Petia Tchouk

Director of Health Ecosystem Development,

Petia Tchouk is the Director of Health Ecosystem Development at MaRS. She's responsible for building networks that connect MaRS' startups to the customers, investors, and partners they need to grow. Over the last 8 years Petia has supported the growth of early stage Canadian companies, helping them expand into international markets, connect with customers, and tap into different sources of funding.  

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Donny Cheung

Technical Lead and Engineering Manager,
Google Cloud

Donny is the engineering lead for Healthcare AI with Google Cloud AI and Industry Solutions, and works on building products that leverage cloud technology to apply advanced analytics and machine learning to healthcare data problems. Previously, he worked in Google's Display Ads team, building global-scale machine learning applications to improve the quality and relevance of users' display ad experiences. Prior to Google, he worked as a senior scientist at a medical device startup in Toronto, Canada, focusing on medical imaging device design and image reconstruction algorithms.

Donny holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary in the Quantum Information Science group. 

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Hassaan Ahmed

Co-Founder & CEO,

Hassaan is the founder and CEO of Phelix.ai. He has 10+ years of clinical and data science research experience, including a PhD in medical biophysics from the world renowned Robarts Research Institute at Western University. During his PhD, he was involved in the development of CT Perfusion, a leading workflow automation tool for processing dynamic perfusion imaging maps at the point of care. CT Perfusion is now licensed to GE Healthcare, and is deployed at over 10,000 hospital imaging sites worldwide.

These days - he and the Phelix team spend their time tackling some of healthcare’s biggest workflow and communication challenges. They are building an AI powered, omni-channel and low-code virtual agent for clinics, as well as an automation toolkit for healthcare and enterprise developers. 

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Questions? Contact us at founder-fridays@google.com