January 5

Go To Market Strategies in Global Health – Panel and Competition! Tuesday, February 24

By wgracie

The Global Health and Technology Meet-Up is a networking and informational event designed to connect engineers, public health professionals and business people. Our goal is to create stronger links between these communities in order to facilitate collaborations that could lead to new solutions for global health challenges.

Come to explore the pathways to commercialization for your global health innovation with the experts.  Invited speakers have been successful in bringing medical devices and mHealth products to market for improving global health.

We hope that you can join us and be part of the solution!.



3:30 Event Check-In/Poster Set-up Opens
4:00 Event Opens
4:15 Expert Panel – Go to Market Strategies for Global Health Innovations
5:15 Poster Viewing and Audience Voting
6:30 “Shark Tank” Pitch Sesssion
8:00 Event Closes

Panelists/ “Sharks”:

Haleh Armian, MS – Associate Director, International Programs, Joslin Innovation
Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston (speaking to “bottom up” commercialization)

Managing large international programs with focus in Middle East at Joslin Diabetes Center. Programs consist of supporting international client’s corporate social responsibility and marketing initiatives to implement diabetes wellness and disease management programs. Aspects of work entail improving clinical care processes, providing patient/provider education and training programs, developing resource and collateral materials, and supporting government/Ministry of Health advocacy efforts to help impact the lives of patients at risk and with diabetes.

Previous work at CIMIT/Partners HealthCare, TIAX and Arthur D. Little health care management and technology-based consulting. Professional experience and expertise include facilitating the implementation and commercialization of medical device innovations, assessing health care markets and technologies, preparing medical product development and strategic business plans and writing proposals/grants for foundations, public and private sectors.

Paul Chen – Director, Business Development at Cardinal Health Specialty Pharmacy and formerly Regional Director, North America for Vestergaard Frandsen

Paul has an extensive and diverse range of industry healthcare experience ranging from Fortune 100 bio-pharmaceuticals to privately held companies in both developed and developing markets. His broad breadth of experience in many cross-functional roles brings perspective through many lenses and enables him to identify and successfully communicate solutions that have firmly established him as a leader among senior executives and their respective teams. Prior to joining the private sector, his military experience as a naval officer imparted the foundation that has contributed to his many career accomplishments.

Erin Hasselberg, MS – Senior Technical Advisor, Center for Health Logistics, John Snow, Inc. (speaking to global health systems and supply chain)

International health and development professional with ten years of experience working for international non-governmental organizations and USAID-contractors. Experience consulting with Ministries of Health and local partners in over 12 countries in Africa and Latin America. Significant expertise in organizational strengthening, capacity-building, and health commodity supply chain management. Passionate about creating an wider expanse of practical, international opportunities in developing countries for college and graduate students.

Wolfgang Krull -Accelerator Executive, CIMIT

Wolfgang is a Senior Operations Management Professional in the Medical Device Industry with a proven track record of leading complex business, site, operations, supply chain, and product development organizations including two successful startups. His specialties include leading Operations, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, and Program Management to meet worldwide business, quality, and regulatory requirements.  Wolfgang spent 24 years with Hewlett Packard Medical (now Philips) in multiple functions including executive positions as Director of R&D and Director of Worldwide Manufacturing/Order Fulfillment for the Patient Monitoring Business. In these roles he was responsible for strategic development for the Bedside Patient Monitoring, Digital Telemetry, Central Monitoring, and Cath Lab product lines for critical, intermediate, and coronary care hospital markets. Prior to that he was at Visualization Technologies (VTI) as Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain until it was acquired by HP.  He was also at Breakaway Imaging as Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain until it was acquired by Medtronic.  At the present time, he is at CIMIT in an Accelerator Executive role.  He is the founder and president of Krull Enterprise Services for Operations and Supply Chain (KESSCO) providing “hands-on” management and consulting services to assist emerging, early, and mid-stage medical technology companies develop, implement, and optimize their manufacturing and supply chain operations to meet business goals. Wolfgang has been a Hewlett Packard Fellow, Chairman of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) College of Engineering Deans Advisory Committee, and Member of the Boston University Software Engineering Advisory Committee.

Laura Sampath, MA – Senior Program Officer, Global, VentureWell

Laura Sampath is the Senior Program Officer for Global Programs at VentureWell (formerly NCIIA). Working closely with USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Laura oversees the planning, development, and execution of venture development programs customized for global health innovators. Previously, Laura ran the MIT International Development Initiative and designed programs within USAID’s Regional Conflict Management and Governance office in Nairobi, Kenya. She has also been a Fulbright Scholar as well as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her areas of technical skill and expertise include strategic enterprise development, program and project management and participatory approaches to community development. Her international experiences have spanned several countries in East Africa, as well as Morocco, India, and Peru.

Muhammad Zaman, PhD – Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

Dr. Zaman Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University was at University of Texas prior to joining BU.  His research is focused at the interface of cell biology, mechanics, systems biology and medicine to understand the mechanical basis of tumor invasion that precedes metastasis. The work is aimed at developing multi-scale models, integrating both first principle and data driven approaches to quantify cell signaling, adhesion and motion in 3D environments.  The second main thrust of the research is focused on developing computational and experimental tools to improve the quality of life, education and the practice of medicine in the developing world. He collaborates with the BU’s Center for Global Health & Development and various medical schools and engineering institutions around the globe to develop cheap, robust and easy to use solutions to develop improved diagnostics and tools for data analysis.

Event Organizers

Center for Global Health & Development

Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Global Health and Engineering Meet-Up (GHECHo)

Office of Technology Development

School of Management Health Sector Management Program

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