Startup Showcase #inventhealth Future of Behavioral and Mental Health @UCSF

Kristin Karaoglu · June 7, 2019 · Short URL:

Startups are: Ellipsis Health, Lucid Care and Palo Alto Health Sciences

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Vator and UCSF Health Hub held the first salon of 2019 called The Future of Mental and Behavioral Health, where VCs, innovators, and adopters (payers/providers) discussed how mental and behavioral health startups are creating solutions to help those suffering from mental health conditions. 

This segment was emceed by Mark Goldstein (Chairman, UCSF Health Hub), it featured three companies, all of which are developing new and innovative solutions for how to help people deal with their mental health problems. 

Presenters were: Mainul I. Mondal (Founder & CEO, Ellipsis Health), Rebecca Mandel (Co-Founder and CEO, Lucid Care), Christopher Lento (Chief Commercial Officer, Palo Alto Health Sciences)

Thanks to UCSF Health Hub and Vator for hosting the event and to our sponsors: BetterHelpAdvsrAvison YoungScrubbedHP and Stratpoint.

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