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Scale Your Solution in Partnership with Leading Healthcare Companies

Disparities in health and access to care remain stubbornly intact, and in many ways, are widening. New solutions are needed that accelerate improvements in health, potentially through new models of care, and improve health outcomes at the population/community-level. To help accelerate these solutions to market, we created the ADAPT program. Through ADAPT, we support and bring together health technology startups and healthcare systems.

ADAPT awardees are selected from a pool of finalists and receive $100,000 non-dilutive funding, executive mentorship, and the opportunity to partner with Blue Shield of California, Cigna Healthcare, Evernorth Health Services, OptumLabs, and UnitedHealth Group, which together have over 200 million members.

All ADAPT finalists are invited to attend exclusive program events featuring leaders from across the healthcare ecosystem, including investors, payers, and employers. ADAPT finalists are also invited to join the UCSF community of Rosenman Founders.


How It Works

Who Can Apply


Examples of Areas of Interest


The ADAPT program will be held virtually.

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2023 Program Events

Offered exclusively to ADAPT finalists, these events provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with and learn from leaders across the healthcare ecosystem. This series of virtual sessions provides companies with guidance that will help inform their design and integration of technology into the healthcare ecosystem.

All sessions will be held remotely on Zoom. Times below are for Pacific Time zone.

December 5

Introduction & kickoff

Christine Winoto & Carly Grant, UCSF Rosenman Institute



12:00 – 1:00 PM

December 12

Insights on partnering with payers

Colin Carpenter, Siris Medical
Sam Holliday, Oshi Health


12:00 – 1:30 PM

December 19

Peer-to-peer lessons learned

2023 ADAPT Cohort



12:00 – 1:30 PM

January 9

Insights on partnering with employers

Antonio Moraes, XP Health
Dan Miller, Spora Health



12:00 – 1:30 PM

January 16

Partnering with the San Francisco VA

Antonia Bernhardt, San Francisco VA Health Care System
Kimberlie Cerrone, Tiatros


12:00 – 1:30 PM

January 23

Building relationships & working with payers & care providers

Drew Hobby, Blue Cross of Idaho

Moderated by Larry Leisure, Chicago Pacific Founders

12:00 – 1:30 PM

January 30

Setting your price and value for payers

Joe Connolly, Visana Health
Yoni Shtein, Laguna Health

12:00 – 1:30 PM

February 6

Approaching & executing pilots with Evernorth Health Services/Cigna

Glen Stettin, MD, Evernorth

Moderated by Mark Stryker, Leverage Health Solutions

12:00 – 1:30 PM

February 13

Tips & tricks for working with benefit consultants

Ron Fontanetta, RJF Strategic Advisory Consulting, Willis Towers Watson

12:00 – 1:30 PM

February 20

Insights on partnering with regional payers

Harsh Vathsangam, Movn Health
Thomas Tsang, MD, Valera Health

12:00 – 1:30 PM

February 27

Approaching & executing pilots with UnitedHealth Group

David Cook, MD, UnitedHealth Group


12:00 – 1:30 PM

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Our company is at a later stage with a product on the market. Are we eligible?

I am working on technology without a formalized/incorporated company. Can I apply to ADAPT?

We are not officially formed as a company and have a proposal that would be under proof of concept. In addition, all of us have full-time jobs in different companies. Would this prevent us from being able to work in our roles as well as this concept in the case that our concept is picked?

My company is based outside the United States. Are we eligible to be selected?

Must the area of implementation be in the USA?

If selected, will the small company still own all of the intellectual property rights?