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Marc Lara, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, MicroHealth, New York, NY. Marc Lara, a digital health entrepreneur and scientist, is the co-founder and chief scientific officer at MicroHealth, a Y Combinator-funded startup that grew out of his research at Columbia University Medical Center. Marc is currently leading the development of a digital therapeutic candidate to improve arthritis outcomes and implement cutting-edge, scalable interventions to lower bleeding rates for hemophilia patients. Prior to founding MicroHealth, Marc published some of the first randomized-controlled trials demonstrating that mobile technologies can improve health outcomes among low-income populations. In collaboration with researchers at Columbia’s School of Public Health, he co-founded GrandMentor, an initiative that connects underprivileged children with senior citizens to read and discuss high quality books over Skype. Marc earned a PharmD from the University of Barcelona and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University. He was awarded a USPTO patent for his original methods to improve patient adherence, and the King of Spain awarded him a “la Caixa” Fellowship to study in the United States. Marc also won the Global Social Venture Competition. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.