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Recent Event: iLead Speaker Series with Ronald A. Williams, SF'84, Chairman and CEO, RW2 Enterprises
Monday, April 24, 2023 at the Wong Auditorium, Ronald A. Williams, SF'84, Chairman and CEO, RW2 Enterprises, LLC and Former Chairman and CEO, Aetna Inc., was the speaker for the iLead Speaker Series.
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Recent HSI and HSI related Events
When does investing in cell and gene therapy make good business sense?
Cell and gene therapies represent an exciting and complex new treatment type, with the potential to treat a vast range of indications, in some cases offering the possibility of a disease cure with a single treatment. This presentation will discuss the multi-disciplinary business environment required to bring these cutting-edge medicines to patients.
Delfi Krishna is currently the Vice President of Cell Therapy Portfolio Development at Immatics – a German biotech company with the mission to bring the power of T-cells to cancer patients. She has a Ph.D in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Tech and is currently an Executive MBA student at MIT Sloan.
Investing in Digital Healthcare Solutions from a Strategic Venture Perspective
Institutional and Strategic Venture investors both seek venture returns on their investments but are otherwise solving for different constraints. Gaye will discuss her venture capital experience investing in digital healthcare solutions for Mass General Brigham.
Gaye Bok, Partner, AI and Digital Innovation Fund, Mass General Brigham. Gaye heads up Mass General Brigham’s $30M AI and Digital Innovation Venture Fund (AIDIF) investing in commercial stage digital health companies working with the Mass General Brigham (MGB) system. Prior to joining MGB, Gaye was a venture partner at an institutional venture fund where she was an integral part of the investment team and served as board director on several portfolio companies. Prior to venture investing, Gaye was an experienced commercial and business development executive, focused mainly on developing products and strategic partnerships across several verticals: chemicals, genomics, biobased energy and biobased products.
Gaye received an M.B.A. in Finance and International Management from MIT’s Sloan School and an AB from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges.
Friday, February 24, 2023 at the MIT Media Lab. This year, the conference’s 21st, the theme was Frontiers of Health. Keynote speakers were Michael Baran, a Partner at Pfizer Ventures, and David Altshuler, Chief Scientific Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The four panels focused on Digital Innovations, Value-Based Care, Biotech Innovations, and Global Health. See the agenda details HERE.
Moving Health is a nonprofit that builds motorcycle ambulances to provide emergency transport networks in areas that do not have any. The organization finished its pilot in May of 2022 and is focusing on expansion and creating a sustainable business model that can help Moving Health grow across West Africa
Emily Young is the co-founder and CEO of Moving Health. She started Moving Health with the idea that every family should be connected to medical care when they need it most, after being introduced to a Tanzanian NGO Partner by MIT’s D-Lab. Over the past 6 years she has been using human centered design to redefine emergency healthcare, specifically for pregnant women and new mothers. Emily holds a bachelor of science degree from MIT in Mechanical Engineering, with a concentration on global product development.
The Sloan Physician Leadership Alumni Group is sponsored a webinar on 'Accelerating your Physician Leadership Career', featuring Rich Collins, Owner and President, RxREBOOT and Stefanie Pluschkell, EMBA '19, Founder & CEO, InScope Coaching & Consulting LLC. Past event page here
Coming out of the pandemic, employee physical and mental wellbeing is top of mind for business leaders. By investing in employee wellness, businesses can improve the lives and safety of employees. At the same time, these investments reduce healthcare costs and improve productivity—the types of gains that can spur more widespread adoption.
This convening introduced the HSI Lab on Employee Population Health, which organizes collaborative research opportunities for large, self-insured employers to work with MIT researchers to develop and test ideas that improve employee wellness. We emphasized rigorous research, not anecdotes, to validate evidence-based recommendations, so we can make true progress.
Practitioner Panel: The Post-Covid context: employee health realities, barriers, and needs for management research
Moderator: Paul Greenberg, Director of Analysis Group’s Healthcare practice, where he studies health and workplace performance
o Karen Singleton, PhD, Chief of Student Mental Health & Counseling Services at MIT
o Charles Lattarulo, PhD, Director of the Healthy Minds initiative at American Express
o Maren Fragala, PhD, Director of Scientific Affairs for HealthyQuest at Quest Diagnostics
Researcher Panel: Evidence, gaps, and opportunities for management research via the HSI Lab
· Moderator: Anne Quaadgras, Director of the MIT Sloan Health Systems Initiative
o Joseph Doyle, Professor, Applied Economics, MIT Sloan who leads clinical trials on healthcare delivery redesign
o David Molitor, Associate Professor of Finance and Economics University of Illinois, who helped lead a large-scale trial on workplace wellness
o Lisa Berkman, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population, Harvard, who is an expert on workplace practices
Topic: Scaling the Economy of Nutrition Science Responsibly
The economy of nutrition and wellness is booming into the trillions for entrepreneurs, influencers, and legacy corporations driven by breakthroughs in AI and “omic” sciences. However, a lack of FDA standards paired with a lack of nutrition science training for medical professionals leaves the public empty handed and adventuring independently onto the internet as citizen scientists. For many, the journey is expensive, and answers can be elusive. How does this emerging economy live up to its hype? How does the field gain accessibility for all incomes? What systems change is needed to add predictability and safety? And how do we create a better food system as a result?
Katie Stebbins is the Executive Director of the Tufts Food & Nutrition Innovation Institute and an Innovator in Residence at the MIT Innovation Initiative. Katie was the inaugural Secretary for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she led state investment in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, digital health, advanced materials, and robotics.
Beyond the Benefits Package: Tools for Cultivating a Trauma-Informed Workplace
This era of unprecedented chronic stress has impacted the entire healthcare industry, but managers are beginning to leave their jobs at a disproportionate rate. In this presentation, we will utilize a case study to illustrate this surprising trend, and we will consider the fact that a trauma-informed approach to workplace development can lead to better employee retention all around.
Reimagining the Patient Journey: Where Can Technology Lead us?
Reinventing Innovation: Strategic Models for the Common Good
Complex problems like health care and climate change can’t and won’t be solved by simple, single-sector solutions. But multi-sector initiatives and systems thinking require different management skills and mindsets. This presentation will describe three examples of multi-sector initiatives - Continua Alliance, the Gravity Project, and the Multi-Solving Institute – whose leadership combines diverse resources across non-profit, government, industry, and philanthropic to drive transformation and sustainable change.
Margo Edmunds is a health policy entrepreneur and strategist who works at the intersection of Health IT, health systems transformation, and public health. She specializes in multi-sector collaborations to improve interoperability and address social and economic risks to health. Currently, as Vice President at AcademyHealth, she leads two national strategic initiatives on workforce diversity and inclusion and serves on several advisory groups, including the Strategic Advisory Council for the Gravity Project, a national collaborative developing data standards for social determinants of health. She previously held positions at the University of California, San Francisco; the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and Booz Allen Hamilton. Her edited book on Consumer Informatics and Digital Health was published in February 2019 by Springer. Margo completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she formerly served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management.
An incomplete look at equity: one practitioner’s experience working towards health and human services transformation
Peter Eckart is an interdependent consultant based in Chicago, whose local, state and national work focuses on nonprofit social services, learning and organizational development, and equity-based measurement. He provides subject matter expertise as well as organizational and program development services to nonprofits, foundations, government, and social good enterprises. Peter led a national program supporting community-based data sharing for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation until 2020. He began his career working in community economic development and IT systems
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