Esther Dyson is chairman of EDventure Holdings and founder of HICCup.co, for Health Initiative Coordinating Council. HICCup has just launched The Way to Wellville (@WaytoWellville), an open-source, evidence-generating project devoted to defining and testing models for producing community health (not health care) that will return profits to investors and health to the participants. HICCup is working with the five Way to Wellville communities to accelerate their own efforts to produce health; they are Lake County, CA; Niagara Falls, NY; Clatsop County, OR; Spartanburg. SC…. and greater Muskegon, MI, just a few hundred miles west of Detroit on the shores of Lake Michigan.
HICCup’s motto is “Don’t rent your health. Invest in it!” Its long-term goal is to spur the development of health as a new asset class that investors can invest in, much as they invest in portfolios of mortgages.
Aside from HICCup, Dyson spends her time investing in and nurturing start-ups, with a recent focus on health care and aerospace. On the health side, she is an investor in 23andMe (also a director), Applied Proteomics, Crohnology, Eligible API, Genomera, GeriJoy, Health Loop, HealthTap, i2Dx, Keas (also an advisor), Medivo, mEquilibrium, Omada Health, Organized Wisdom, PatientsLikeMe, PatientsKnowBest (UK), Resilient, Sleepio (UK), StartupHealth, Tocagen, Valkee (Finland), VitaPortal (Russia, also an advisor) and Voxiva (also a director). She recently served on the selection panel for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Awards and is active on the “health not healthcare” speaker circuit.
From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut.
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