Jodi is a healthcare executive, leader, innovator, and advisor. More than 25 years experience in clinical development, scientific and regulatory strategy, management and medtech market development. She is passionate about efficiencies in innovation and stakeholder experiences- most importantly, the patient. Jodi led seminal global clinical trials and approvals of transcatheter heart valve therapy at Edwards Lifesciences, LLC through 2014. She is a serial entrepreneur, most recently founding Hawthorne Effect, Inc., an innovative platform for revolutionizing patient follow-up.


Also a humanitarian, Jodi led multiple international healthcare initiatives in underserved geographies including Heart To Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance, The Heart Lung Institute of the East Bay, and The Nahapetov Friendship Foundation. Ms. Akin was also a co-founder the China Heart Group, a joint venture with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Ms. Akin holds an undergraduate degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Masters in Physiology and Nursing from Pace University, New York, 8 patents and kills it on the ukelele.