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Marta Gaia Zanchi

Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign
Director, Biodesign for Digital Health

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Marta Gaia Zanchi supports multidisciplinary teams at the intersection of high tech and health. 

Dr. Zanchi assists the investment team at Data Collective (DCVC) as equity partner for investments in entrepreneurs applying deep compute, big data and information technology infrastructure technologies to transform health care. She participates as member of the Screening Committee at Astia, a global nonprofit that invests in and supports high potential female entrepreneurs. And, she is a a long-time mentor at StartX MED, an educational non-profit that accelerates the development of Stanford's top entrepreneurs.

As faculty member at Stanford School of Medicine and director with the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, Dr. Zanchi founded the Center’s expanding activities in digital health. She founded the educational program "Biodesign for Digital Health" and the extension funding program “Biodesign NEXT,” is a member of the undergraduate committee, serves as a coach to fellows and faculty teams working on digital health projects, and participates in the Center’s strategic planning activities. At Stanford University, she is founding advisory board member for Stanford Health Innovations (SHIFT), an official association empowering students to move health care forward, with a number of initiatives to its name including Stanford’s first health-focused hackathon, healthplusplus. For UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), she is an instructor on the regulatory framework for digital health.

Dr. Zanchi provides consulting services on digital health strategy to large information technologies and healthcare companies by working with Orbees Medical, a global health care consulting firm. Previously for seven years under the umbrella of her single-member limited liability company, and now as an individual, Dr. Zanchi advises selected emerging health technology startups with emphasis on need and market identification, product, regulation, fundraising and growth. She was also founding chief executive officer of a medical device startup, entrepreneur in residence with an angel group, founding co-chair of a non-profit initiative in connected health, and started her career in Silicon Valley as a product management professional for a wireless communications company.

Dr. Zanchi holds degrees in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering from Politecnico Di Milano (B.S., M.S., Italy) and Stanford University (Ph.D.), where she developed new medical technologies. She holds a certificate in entrepreneurship from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was trained in the regulatory framework for medical devices at the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, MD and the White Oak Campus. She is the recipient of eight honors and awards, including 2016 Silicon Valley's Women of Influence and 2016 Silicon Valley's 40 Under 40.