Founder and CEO, Heritage Group; Board Member, FasterCures
Richard Merkin is president, CEO and founder of the Heritage Provider Network, the nation's largest physician-owned and -operated integrated delivery system. With over 50 related health-care companies, Heritage encompasses patent, venture capital, private equity and insurance firms. Merkin serves on the boards of the California Institute of Technology, the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and the California NanoSystems Institute. He is co-founder of FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute. He established the Richard Merkin Foundation for Stem Cell Research at the Broad Institute at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Richard Merkin Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Brain Sciences Institute, the Richard Merkin Foundation for Neural Regeneration at UCLA and the Merkin Family Foundation Fund for Regenerative Medicine at the Keck School. Inspired by the XPRIZE Foundation, he launched the $3-million Heritage Health Prize, which seeks a breakthrough in the ability to predict hospitalization.