The 1st annual Healthcare Innovations Panel and Networking Dinner hosted by undergraduate organization Bruin Medical Entrepreneurs aims to create an ecosystem for innovative solutions to healthcare needs and surging technologies. Come meet healthcare professionals, founders, and academics, who will participate in active panels, and engage in discussions that we hope will make a lasting impact in your career. Share your thoughts and ideas and enjoy the complementary dinner. This is a fantastic learning experience for the motivated students and associated people of UCLA who want to make a difference in healthcare. This event is powered by Startup UCLA and Blackstone Launchpad.
Darla Brown, CEO, Intake.Me
Darla Brown is CEO of the company Intake.Me, Inc., which is a digital health company located in Los Angeles, California that is focused on empowering consumers to make the best decisions for their own health. They strive to empower patients and providers at each visit to improve communication and outcomes. Darla’s focus is developing Intake.Me into a leading digital health brand and she also advises a handful of leading companies in the media, wellness and healthcare industries.
Katherine Steinberg, MBA MPP, Director of Institute for Innovation in Health
“Katherine Steinberg serves as the Director for the Institute for Innovation in Health. She has more than 10 years of experience in health system project management, process improvement and strategic planning. Before joining the Institute in October 2011, Katherine was part of UCLA Health System’s Performance Excellence department, with the objective to deploy Lean principles throughout UCLA’s hospitals and clinics to continually improve patient care, patient service and physician and staff satisfaction. Katherine’s work included facilitating end-to-end value stream transformations, supporting focused operational improvements and building Lean capabilities across the organization through coaching and training. Prior to joining UCLA, Katherine was the strategic planner for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Public Policy from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration from NYU.”
Abhra Roy, MBA, Vice President, St. Jude Medical
“Abhra Roy is a Senior Executive with extensive experience in the Med Tech industry; proven expertise in defining strategy, leading development, execution and introduction of multiple winning breakthrough products in the Cardiac and Neuromodulation space. His broad ranging experience includes direct leadership of R&D, Operations, Program Management & Continuous Improvement. His key strength is in building organizations and leading, developing large multicultural, multi-zonal, global teams and building a strong pipeline of leaders. He is also responsible for a corporation wide global innovation program. He is also well known within the industries’ Key Opinion Leader circuit, driven by leading multiple customer facing initiatives and speaking assignments at multiple international conferences.”
Jennifer McCaney, PhD, Director, MedTech Innovator
“Jennifer McCaney, PhD is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Jennifer oversees the MedTech Innovation Program through the UCLA Business of Science Center, which supports the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as assists university faculty and physicians in commercializing their research. She holds a Lecturer position at the Anderson School of Management where she teaches a course on disruptive technologies in healthcare and medtech innovation. Jennifer is also the Director of MedTech Innovator, a global industry-driven medtech competition and accelerator that incubates early-stage start-ups in medical devices, diagnostics and digital health. While finishing her doctorate, Jennifer co-founded Hourglass Technologies, a medical device start-up in the obesity space and previously worked as a consultant to biotech and pharmaceutical companies in Boston. A Fulbright Scholar, she completed her PhD in mechanical engineering at Stanford and holds an MS and BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and a BS in finance from the Sloan School of Management. Jennifer also has an MS in biomedical engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.”
Kourosh Parsapour, MD MBA, CEO of personalRN
“Dr. Parsapour is the co-founder & CEO of personalRN. For nearly a decade, Dr. Parsapour has worked with clinicians, administrators and health policy makers to support the use and advancement of telemedicine. He was co-founder & co-chair of the ATAs’ Pediatric Telehealth Discussion Group and the Pediatric Telehealth Colloquium with experience in both academics and startups. His research and numerous publications in telemedicine culminated in his first startup, Telepeds. Specialists on Call, the leading provider of tele-stroke services, acquired Telepeds within its first year. Subsequent to his successful exit, he obtained his Healthcare Executive MBA from UC Irvine and remains very passionate about using innovative and relevant technology to improve the quality and accessibility to affordable healthcare.”
Moderated by Jeff Chen: MD/MBA candidate
“Jeff Chen is in the last year of a dual-degree MD/MBA program at UCLA, where he specialized in Entrepreneurship. He is the Founder and Director of NICER, the National Institute of Cannabis and Endocannabinoid Research, a nonprofit startup based at the UCLA Nanosystems Institute. NICER is leveraging smartphones to crowdsource health data from cannabis users across the country to accelerate research into the benefits and harms.”
Bruin Medical Entrepreneurs is a student-run network at UCLA. To promote entrepreneurship among UCLA undergraduates interested in healthcare, the organization seeks to provide education, networking, and mentorship in learning more about medical ventures. BME aims to expose students to entrepreneurial processes (i.e. founder experience, funding, identification of needs, patent laws, etc.) and to support healthcare innovation.
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