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  • Pandemic Pressures on Corporate Innovation

    A few days before California mandated a lockdown, I was meeting with a corporate innovation team who had travelled from the Mid-West. We sat comfortably together in a closed-door conference room, anticipating in-person meetings in the not-too-distant future, yet jokingly expressed concern about shaking hands. This would be my last in-person meeting in 2020 and in the days that followed, businesses nationwide shifted entire work forces to work from home. Priorities were rapidly reassessed, and…

  • The Twenty Minute VC featuring Jeff Immelt

    Listen HERE. In This Episode with Jeff Immelt You Will Learn: 1.) How did it feel when Jeff was told he was going to be CEO at GE? How did that come about? Did he feel the weight of responsibility when it was announced? 2.) When it comes to incumbents embracing innovation, what strategies work? Why do they work? What lessons does Jeff take from his time at GE on what worked? What strategies do not work? What are the biggest mistakes large incumbents make when adopting new…

  • “Adversity and diversity are gifts…”

    NEA's Q&A series is focused on the company building journey and the impactful work of leaders across NEA’s portfolio. Our goal is to shed light on unique perspectives, guiding principles, defining moments, and lessons learned. Responses have been lightly edited for clarity and length. What led you to join Nkarta? Nkarta was on my radar long before I joined—before it was even a company, in fact. In late 2014 or early 2015, I got a call from a friend, Simeon George, out of the blue. He said,…

  • Spiras Health: Personalized Care and Better Outcomes for People Living with Chronic Disease

    In the United States, 150 million patients have chronic disease. Unsurprisingly, this patient population has a significantly elevated risk of hospitalizations and emergency events—resulting in $2.5T of annual associated costs. This has resulted in a tremendous opportunity to improve care for those living with chronic disease and also drive down costs for patients and providers alike. At NEA, we pay precise attention to the niches of healthcare delivery that represent both unmet needs and…

  • Taking the Pain out of Musculoskeletal Care: Our Investment in Vori Health

    Musculoskeletal care can be a pain in the neck (or back)—quite literally! We’ve all experienced or know someone who has suffered from back or neck pain at some point—many of us have also experienced the pain of ineffective and expensive treatment. At NEA, we believe that everyone’s conditions and discomforts are unique and need to be treated holistically and humanely, which is why we are thrilled to announce our Series A investment in Vori Health. Vori is a virtual and in-person…