Polina HaninAcademy Director at StartUp Health, StartUp Health

    Polina Hanin is the Academy Director at StartUp Health, which was founded in 2011 to organize, support, and invest in a global army of Health Transformers to embark on one extraordinary mission: to achieve 11 Health Moonshots, each of which can improve the lives of at least one billion people.

    Polina leads the Moonshot Academy, a lifetime program designed to help entrepreneurs succeed at every stage of their business by combining the power of moonshot thinking, a transformer mindset, and collaborative communities. She is the lead relationship manager for the world’s largest portfolio of health innovation companies, now nearly 300 companies across 22 countries and six continents.

    Prior to joining StartUp Health in 2012, Polina was at Viscogliosi Bros., a merchant bank focused on the orthopedic industry, where she held multiple interim roles within the firm’s portfolio companies. At Centinel Spine, she led M&A deals for the company’s spinal stabilization device portfolio, corporate development and distribution-related operations. She also launched Musculoskeletal Clinical and Regulatory Advisers, a consulting firm for commercializing orthopedic technologies, where she focused on client relations, marketing and corporate finance.

    Polina received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.