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David Katz named Executive Director of Smart Valley Initiative

Will direct Smart Health Program


San Jose, CA, January 3, 2006 - David Katz, Silicon Valley executive and entrepreneur, has been appointed Executive Director of Smart Health, a Joint Venture initiative targeted at utilizing technology to transform local healthcare, Joint Venture president Russell Hancock announced today.

“We’re very pleased to add David to the Joint Venture team,” Mr. Hancock said of the appointment. “David is an innovative change agent who conceives and manages complex alliances. He has a history of getting results.”

Mr. Katz’s principal responsibility will be to direct Smart Health, a project of Joint Venture’s Smart Valley initiative. Smart Valley promotes pervasive public access to information technologies by exploring applications that significantly improve the lives of the people who live here, and by encouraging the rapid deployment of next generation communications infrastructure. Smart Health is bringing together the region’s healthcare providers, doctors, pharmacies, insurers, employers and healthcare consumers. The initiative’s aim is to utilize technology to expand access to the healthcare system, reduce costs, and improve outcomes in the Silicon Valley region.

"Joint Venture has scored a coup in bringing David on board, “ said Eric Benhamou, Chairman of the Smart Valley Board and CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures in Palo Alto. “The technology to link all elements of the healthcare system is readily available. What is required now is to bring together all the stakeholders of the healthcare environment to get it done. David excels in forming alliances that span the public and private sectors.”

“The power of technology to transform the healthcare environment is tremendous,” said Mark Zielazinski, CIO of El Camino Hospital and Smart Valley Board member. “Enabling anytime, anywhere access to providers and their patients can elevate the quality and efficiency of care, and bring healthcare to people who don’t have access today. David’s success in building technology alliances coupled with his varied community experience will help us get it done.”

Dick Levy, co-chairman of the Smart Health Board and chairman of Varian Medical Systems said, "We need to feel tremendous urgency to reduce the cost and variability of healthcare. The U.S. spends more than any other industrialized nation on health care, yet 45 million people are uninsured and many others have mixed access to universally accepted medical procedures. Joint Venture Silicon Valley and David Katz bring unique capabilities to establish a model for how these issues may be addressed.”

Mr. Katz has broad experience in building collaborative partnerships to produce results. He was Executive Director of the San Jose Education Network (SJEN), an initiative created by San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer. SJEN partnered with Smart Valley in the 1990’s to raise millions of dollars and recruit thousands of volunteers to network Silicon Valley schools and train teachers to use technology. He also served as Vice President of Strategic Alliances at 3Com Corporation, where he led multi-company alliances that developed new products in streaming media, call centers, and wireless technology, including constructing the first-ever wireless network at an outdoor stadium at Candlestick Park. He and his wife Anne Moses have lived in Silicon Valley for 28 years and have three sons.

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