I’m a 46-year-old high school teacher who underwent a triple bypass on May 24th, 2018. I was also diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes after my surgery. Diabetes is generational and I hoped to fly under the radar, with no luck. I have been able to manage my levels with diet and exercise, with two tri-athletes as my mentors I accept their challenges willingly. I look forward to sharing my journey and how my family’s medical history was the catalysts that lead to my heart attack and my type 2 diagnosis.

Liz was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic in 2014 at the age of 23. With a passion for all things insulin, Liz had just begun graduate school to pursue a PhD in cellular and molecular biology to study insulin signaling in insects. The struggle of balancing the stress of grad school and being a newly diagnosed diabetic, Liz learned the obstacles that many diabetics face first hand. From dealing with insurances to get medications to the mental health issues around stigmas, she knew that she needed to be her own advocate. Through her own health journey and diabetes management, Liz fell in love with connecting with other people, both diabetic and non-diabetic, to take back control of their own health and helping them becoming their own advocates too. Liz began coaching others on their health journey through a partnership with Beachbody and is working on building her own mentorship business.

Vanessa lives in Brazil and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 17 years ago. She is a journalist specialised in Health and works to bring awareness around diabetes in the media, scheduling interviews for doctors, nutritionists and people with diabetes, especially on the occasion of World Diabetes Day. Vanessa is a member of the Council of Associação de Diabetes Juvenil (ADJ), Member of IDF’s Blue Circle Voices and coordinator of an advocacy programme with 30 Brazilian Diabetes Associations. In her capacity as a journalist she has written 14 articles about diabetes for ‘De Bem com a Vida’ site and is a blogger for Convivência com Diabetes. She helps ADJ to fundraise and to organise events, and is a speaker on behalf of 30 Diabetes Associations in Brazil for improving diabetes treatment.

Dr. Shaukat M. Sadikot from India is the President of the International Diabetes Federation 2016-2017, and President of DiabetesIndia. Presently working as a Consultant in Endocrinology at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai, he has been actively involved with the cause of diabetes and associated metabolic disorders for the past 30 years.

He has been closely associated with the activities of IDF for many years and is a member of the IDF Task Force on Insulin, Test strips and Other Diabetes Supplies, the IDF Consensus Group on the Prevention of Prediabetes, Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome, and the IDF Consensus group on Diabetes and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Presently, he is working on the interactions between phytochemicals and chemokines on the endothelium.

Dr. Sadikot is the editor of the International Scientific Journal “Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews”. He has written four books and has 87 publications to his credit.

Shilo is CEO and co-founder of Smartzyme Biopharma. The company’s Provolution™ technology combines some of the most advanced scientific tools for protein engineering, computational biology and electrochemistry. Smartzyme aims to develop a novel biosensor for subcutaneous continuous glucose reading – The Go Patch GO ™. This device will be more accurate and more cost-effective than current technologies on the market. Shilo was co-founder of LabStyle Innovation, where he served as President and COO. He was responsible for propelling the company’s flagship product “Dario” from inception to reality and led the company’s evolution to a public American company (NASDAQ). He is also co-founder of Emendo Biotherapeutics, developing next generation gene editing tools for genetic disorders, and addressing the current technological gaps for realizing the promise of gene therapy. Finally, Mr. Ben Zeev is Chairman of Mybiotics Pharma, a life science company developing live bacteria-based probiotic products to improve health and quality of life. The company has developed MyCrobe TM – a proprietary innovative live bacteria delivery system.

Liz Sacco is the proud owner and founder of Diabetic Dabs® Inc.. Liz developed the concept of Diabetic Dabs® after her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As a member of the diabetes community, Sacco is passionate about helping to simplify and improve the lives of families like her own by getting involved with helping to educate people on diabetes with speaking engagements and her commitment to giving a portion of all profits to help with diabetes research. Liz launched her business through phases of conceptualization, product development, and commercialization into marketplace. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations from Syracuse University and landed her first career position at Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor. Leaving her position as a financial advisor, her
attention went to caring for her four boys and dealing with her son who had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Dabs® can be found on several online stores and a handful of brick and mortar retail businesses. Liz looks forward to the growth of the dabs® and is determined to make it a household name!


Dave Acosta is the Co-founder of EDC Solutions T1. Together with his wife Laura, EDC Solutions T1 was created in March, 2019. With a background in the firearms industry designing custom gun holsters, EDC stood for Every Day Carry.  Today, it is even more appropriate for T1D.

Approached by a close family friend with T1D about creating a custom holster for his insulin pump, Dave was inspired to start creating personalized pump holsters for more T1D patients.  It has given his family an opportunity to not only work hard, but to be a part of something bigger – opening their eyes to a whole community of people who fight for their health each day.  It is an honor to be able to give individuals creative license to express themselves through customizing something so personal. Dave and his family put heart and soul into every aspect of what they do.

Hearing customers’ stories inspires them to continue to grow every single day.  Dave and his family love what they do, and love customizing something that is unique as the individual wearing it.  They are continually looking into the future and how they can continue to create and make life managing this disease less cumbersome for those with T1D and other challenges.

Lonny Stormo is CEO and co-founder of POPS! Diabetes Care. After a thirty-year career at Medtronic, where he was honored to serve as an executive and business leader, Lonny resigned his position to lead POPS! Diabetes Care. Significant portions of Lonny’s career include business leadership and sales for both devices and data. He serves the community through positions in Rotary International and the American Diabetes Association. Lonny holds a BSEE degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Uwe Diegel is a specialist in various forms of medical diagnostics such as blood pressure and diabetes. He is the holder of several patents relating to these pathologies. Until the age of 26 he was a concert pianist. Following an accident that restricted movement in in right arm, he started a new career in medical diagnostics.

In 2009, Uwe got interested in connected health as a means of providing better patient management and was CEO of iHealthLabs Europe until 2016. In 2017, Uwe created Lifeina following an incident when his brother nearly died when a hotel froze his insulin by mistake. Lifeina is developing the world’s smallest fridge for the safe transport of insulin and other fragile medications.

Uwe is today considered to be a foremost expert in the manufacturing of medical devices and has been at the forefront of international changes in healthcare technology for the last 30 years. His drive and passion for innovative technology have driven major changes in perception about healthcare.

I have been CEO of different projects (from medical school to my own ideas) and thus, I have formed and guided teams to solve complex tasks through lean startup and scientific R&D. I founded Medicsen (team of 20) because a little girl with diabetes rejected the treatment in consult. I raised funds, successfully completed 3 individual R&D projects (algorithm for predicting glucose, user interface to increase adherence and non invasive drug delivery system), filed a patent and negotiated with pharma and tech companies in different countries. My goal is to help shape the use of technology in medicine, and I keep looking forward for new opportunities to keep learning and improving in business, technology, science and innovation.