• Healthcare Innovation Series : a night with healthcare entrepreneurs

    UVM Medical Center Davis Auditorium

    Please join Vermont Healthcare Innovators, EMBOLDIA and guest moderator Dr. Barry Finette, Founder, Chairman, and CEO at Thinkmd for an evening of conversation and networking with Dr. Scott Gridley SVP of Organ-Chip developer, Emulate, Inc. as they discuss Entrepreneurship, Technology, and the Healthcare Revolution! Also featuring Shameless Plugs, an around the room no-holds-barred 2-minute opportunity for attendees to share current business concepts, garner interest for investment opportunities, seek collaboration, or engage with potential employees or employers. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emboldia-healthcare-innovation-series-part-one-tickets-62844925865 About Scott Gridley Dr. Scott Gridley received his Ph.D. from Dartmouth Medical School studying retroviral replication. His postdoc with Dr. Gus Lienhard, also at Dartmouth, focused on phosphoproteomic approaches to mapping insulin signaling. Scott worked in the Diabetes group at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in assay development and high-throughput screening for five years. Scott was a founder of Blue Sky Biotech, an innovative Contract Research Organization (CRO) based in Worcester, MA. Blue Sky was acquired by Lake Pharma in 2016. Most recently, Scott has been a leader in business development for Organovo, a San Diego-based company using 3D printing to create human tissues, and Emulate, a Boston-based company pioneering the industry in Organ-Chip systems. About Barry Finette Barry Finette, MD, Ph.D. - Co-founder of THINKMD. Dr. Finette is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and an attending and teaching physician in the Pediatric Inpatient and Critical Care Division at Vermont’s Children’s Hospital. He has 25 years of experience as a pediatrician in the areas of emergency, critical and acute care medicine, with an additional 30 years of experience as a basic, clinical and translational research scientist. He has been the principal investigator on over 28 government and non-government peer-reviewed research grants and has participated in numerous clinical, research, medical and humanitarian capacity building and disaster relief missions in Uganda, Ethiopia, Peru, Jamaica, Bhutan, South Africa, Ecuador, Philippines, Congo, Cameroon, Togo, Benin, Bangladesh and Burkina Faso. He is the Co-Founder of THINKMD, a for-profit benefit corporation whose mission is to develop solutions that increase healthcare access and capacity for anyone, anywhere.

  • Device Manufacturing: From 3d printing to products helping patients

    Come and discuss 3D printing and additive manufacturing in healthcare and discuss some of the challenges of what will happen in the future. And it's Pi(e) day so bring a pie or have a slice as well. Special guests will be Eric Roy (https://generatorvt.com/meet-eric-roy/) and David Cole ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-cole-58610115/) . The discussion will cover tools, methods and just how devices are made. If you have questions on how devices get manufactured, please bring them.

  • Talks + Q&A with 2 local healthcare start-ups - Nimble and Pictal Health

    Happy post-Thanksgiving everyone! Kerry and I have been missing you, and we are excited to invite you to our next event in a few weeks. Get ready for some brief presentations and lively Q&A with two local, early-stage healthcare startups: Nimble and Pictal Health. Nimble provides hospitals with non-emergency medical transportation. This service includes medically trained drivers and software to manage patient pick-ups and drop-offs. Pictal Health (https://www.pictalhealth.com/) helps patients tell their health stories visually. We help people put together detailed timelines, symptom maps, and a neat and organized summary of their health history so that they can see and understand what happened, tell their story with confidence, and work together better with their doctors. (Full disclosure: Pictal Health was founded by me, Katie.) I encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about what early-stage healthcare companies are up to, ask questions, and give us your feedback. As usual, there will be copious snacks and chatting. Hope to see you there! - Katie and Kerry SCHEDULE 6:00-6:30 networking (with snacks and beverages) 6:30-7:30 presentations and Q&A 7:30-8:30 networking

  • Healthcare Happy Hour (H3) at Waterworks


    Escape from the summer heat riverside at Waterworks; it's time for another rousing edition of H3 (Healthcare Happy Hour). For those of you who are new to H3: this is a great chance to catch up with healthcare enthusiasts from diverse domains and specialties. Come enjoy casual conversation, happy hour beverages, delicious snacks, and general good times. Hope to see you all there! Katie and Kerry

  • Safety Connection: How technology & human support enable independent living

    This month, we are very excited to hear from Howard Center employees Cathie Buscaglia, Director of Innovation, and Kevin Hutt, Safety Connection Senior Manager. They will tell us about Safety Connection, an innovative program which combines health and wellness monitoring technologies with in-person support to help people live independently in the community of their choice. For over a decade, Safety Connection has provided overnight support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who wish to pursue the goal of living on their own. This unique combination of state-of-the-art monitoring technology, clinically trained operators, and a compassionate Community of Care team provides a flexible framework which supports independent living. Nightly check-ins by Safety Connection operators provide participants with a sense of connection to a larger community, and daily activity reporting provides case managers with crucial information to help participants achieve their goals. Due to its success, Safety Connection is poised to expand outside of the developmental disability community to help older adults and individuals with chronic conditions to age in place and/or live safely at home. The aging of the US population has tremendous implications for the health care industry, both as employers of an older workforce and as providers of services to a growing number of older Americans. How we address these challenges locally will be critical to what it means for Vermonters who wish to age in place and remain active and engaged in their communities. About Our Speakers Cathie Buscaglia is the Director of Innovation for Howard Center in Burlington, Vermont. She has twenty plus years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities creating innovative programs that meet the diverse needs of people with disabilities. She has been involved with Safety Connection since its inception and works every day to challenge the status quo and bring new ideas to action. Kevin Hutt is the Senior Manager of Safety Connection Services at Howard Center. Kevin began his career in disability services over twenty-five years ago as a classroom teacher at the Baird Center in Burlington. In 2006, he joined the newly formed Safety Connection program as a central station operator. In his current role, Kevin manages Safety Connection operations at Howard Center and is working to bring this exciting program to the general public. You won’t want to miss this inspiring presentation and Q&A! Looking forward to seeing you there. Katie and Kerry SCHEDULE 6:00-6:30 networking (we'll have some snacks and beverages for you) 6:30-7:30 presentation and Q&A 7:30-8:30 networking

  • Healthcare Happy Hour (H3) at Waterworks


    Let us reconvene in the twinkling lights of Waterworks for a cozy pre-St. Patrick's Day H3 (Healthcare Happy Hour). For those of you who are new to H3: this is a great chance to catch up with healthcare enthusiasts from diverse domains and specialties. Come enjoy casual conversation, happy hour beverages, delicious snacks, and general good times. Hope to see you all there! Katie and Kerry

  • "Engaging the Older Adult --- Making Vermont Work” - Dr. Michael LaMantia, MD

    Critical to Vermont's healthcare future will be how the system addresses the growing older population in our care, especially how we communicate and engage the older patient in their care. Join us for an interactive session with Dr. Michael LaMantia, MD, MPH, AGSF, Head of Geriatric Medicine at UVMMC to hear about this issue in Vermont and engage in a discussion about potential solutions. - - - - - SCHEDULE 6:00-6:30 networking (we'll have some snacks and beverages for you) 6:30-7:30 presentation 7:30-8:30 networking ABOUT OUR SPEAKER Dr. LaMantia is an NIH-supported clinician investigator whose medical practice specializes in the care of older adults, particularly those with cognitive impairment including Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. He is a board-certified internist and geriatrician as well as a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society. His research focuses on the coordination of care for older, vulnerable patients as they transition across sites of health care delivery. He has a special interest in the care of seniors in the emergency department, especially the care provided to persons with dementia and delirium. His work has been published in top journals in the field, including the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Health Affairs, the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Annals of Internal Medicine, among others. As head of geriatric medicine at the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Medical Center, he is working with community, university, state, and health care partners to provide high-value care that improves the lives of older adults across Vermont and the northern tier of New York State.

  • Blockchain: what is it, and how can we use it in healthcare?

    We are excited to announce our next meet-up on the much-requested topic of blockchain technology. What in the heck is blockchain technology? From wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain): "A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography…A blockchain can serve as "an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way." From Don & Alex Tapscott (https://blockgeeks.com/guides/what-is-blockchain-technology/), authors Blockchain Revolution (2016): “The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.” Don’t worry if you’re still not totally clear - you’re not alone. Fortunately, local developer Doug Krieger has agreed to come give us an overview about how blockchain works, help us imagine how it might be used in healthcare, and field our questions. Please BYOB (and a B to share if you’re so inclined) for this informational and casual discussion! Hope to see you there. Katie & Kerry -------- About our speaker Doug Krieger is an independent web application developer living and working in Burlington, VT. His work ranging from architecting B2B systems to making brochureware, Doug has recently moved from php and sass to specialize in React and the modern full-stack javascript ecosystem. Doug has been following the rise of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology for over 5 years, having written a paper on its politico-economic implications as a political science major at UVM. Doug sees currency as just the beginning of the story of blockchain and similar technologies, believing the technology will facilitate innovations in digital trust, data management, and IoT. -------- Schedule: 6:00-6:20 Networking, beveraging (BYOB) 6:20-7:30 Presentation and discussion 7:30-8:00 Networking, light banter

  • Show & Tell & Networking


    • Health Care Justice Voter Campaign; Jessica Early, Rights & Democracy Vermont Hi everyone! After a long hiatus we're very excited to invite you to another one of our popular Show & Tell & Networking events - with 5- to 7-minute lightning talks from an amazing and diverse group of local healthcare innovators, followed by casual mingling. It's always so inspiring to see the caliber of work that's happening right here in the BTV area. Speakers and topics include: • Mental Health Interventions: Ryan & Ellen McGinnis, UVM • hiCOlab Innovation Lab: Jeremy Beaudry and Abby Trutor-Mead, UVM Medical Center • Breast Cancer Risk Gene Signature: Nick Farina, UVM • ABCD Study: Hugh Garavan, UVM • Health Care Justice Voter Campaign; Jessica Early, Rights & Democracy Vermont • Lung Regeneration & Repair: Franziska Uhl, UVM ----- Schedule: 6:00-6:30 Networking, food & drink (we're still looking for food & drink sponsors!) 6:30-7:30 Lightning talks 7:30-8:30 Networking, light banter, more eating and drinking ---- Huge thanks in advance to Sam, David and the gang VCET for offering us meeting space at their classy Main St location for this event. Looking forward to seeing you all again very soon! Katie & Kerry