Meet the leaders who are working to make quality mental health care accessible to all.
Andrew Ng, PhD
Dr. Andrew Ng, a globally recognized leader in AI, is a General Partner at AI Fund and CEO of Landing AI. As the former Chief Scientist at Baidu and the founding lead of Google Brain, he led the AI transformation of two of the world’s leading technology companies. A longtime advocate of accessible education, Dr. Ng is the Co-founder of Coursera, an online learning platform, and founder of deeplearning.ai, an AI education platform. Dr. Ng is also an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University’s Computer Science Department.
Chief Executive Officer
Michael is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years experience driving growth for some of the world’s top consumer technology and digital health companies, including AOL Inc., Motorola, TomTom, PatientsLikeMe and The Learning Corp. A champion of solutions-driven consumer and health technology, Michael was previously CEO of The Learning Corp, where he led the digital therapeutics company as it scaled operations, achieved double digit growth, and delivered an expanded set of advanced software solutions for people living with neurological conditions. Before that Michael was the Global Executive Vice President of Marketing, Operations and Product for PatientsLikeMe. In that position he led teams across marketing, UX/Design, product management, strategic partnerships and business intelligence. Under his leadership the company expanded from a 30-person startup into a 180-person industry leader, tripled its member base, and strengthened its global impact with strategic business partnerships. Before joining PatientsLikeMe, Michael was President of BroadMap, a provider of industry-leading geographic data products. His geospatial industry experience started at TomTom in 2005, where he was the Global Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the company’s Tele Atlas business unit. Michael has also held senior marketing positions at Motorola and AOL Time Warner.
Alison Darcy, PhD
Founder & President
Alison is a clinical research psychologist and health tech visionary dedicated to creating smart, scalable and accessible mental healthcare solutions. Her work to explore how digital treatments can help solve human problems began more than 20 years ago, when she created one of the first online support groups for people with eating disorders. That work led to PhD level studies in psychology at University College Dublin and post-doctoral training at Stanford School of Medicine and with the American Psychiatric Association. At Stanford, Alison also worked with AI pioneer Andrew Ng to explore the intersection of AI and healthcare, leading his Health Innovation Lab in Computer Science. A frequent speaker on digital therapeutics design and development, barriers to care, engagement, and issues of gender in clinical settings, Alison has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and been awarded research grants and contracts from the NIH, NIMH and APA. She is also currently an Adjunct Faculty member of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department of Stanford’s School of Medicine. Alison holds a PhD, an MLitt and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from University College Dublin.
Andrew has led numerous venture capital investments and has helped many early stage companies become successful market leaders. During more than a decade in the healthcare profession, he published more than 50 medical articles and was co-editor of a book about cerebrovascular surgery. His scientific work has been presented at many international conferences and he holds numerous patents for his inventions. As a board certified neurosurgeon, he served as clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at Yale School of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine. He has served on innovation advisory boards at Yale University, Cleveland Clinic, and Cornell University. Andrew earned his MD from Weill Cornell Medicine and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh after studying neuroscience at Cornell (AB) and Oxford University.
Carmen Chang joined NEA in 2012 and serves as a General Partner and Chairman and Head, Asia. In this role, she is focused on building NEA’s global organization and portfolio in China and other emerging markets in Asia. Prior to joining NEA, Carmen was a partner at a major Silicon Valley law firm, where she specialized in corporate and securities law and led that firm’s China practice. She has been involved with many of the seminal technology transactions and companies in China, and numerous acquisitions and mergers. Carmen is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and a fellow for the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, a joint initiative of Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Carmen holds a MA degree in Modern Chinese History from Stanford University, and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Ross Jaffe is a managing director specializing in early stage investing in medical devices, bringing significant clinical insight to each venture. Ross co-founded Versant Ventures in 1999 after spending nine years at Brentwood Venture Capital where, as a general partner, he led investments in medical devices, drug delivery and healthcare information systems companies. What initially drew Ross to venture capital was the daily opportunity to integrate his medical training and business background. Ross completed his residency training in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at the University of California, San Francisco. He remained a part-time physician there until 1995. Before and during medical school he was an Analyst for Lewin and Associates, a healthcare consulting firm, and a Research Associate at Dartmouth Medical School.