Panel Topic: Innovation Acceleration: Connecting the dots

Thursday, October 30

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Great ideas are everywhere—from hack-a-thons to waiting rooms to research labs. Transitioning an innovation from concept to market; however, represents a tall order. Successful innovations begin with inspiration, develop with structure and require close collaboration among innovators and investors. This panel, representing key stakeholders from all stages of the innovation cycle and led by Naomi Fried, PhD, chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, reviews the steps in the development process and details demonstrated strategies for success.

Moderator – Naomi Fried, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital


  • Pamela L. Simpkins, MBA, Strategic Leader, Operations and Decision Support, Janssen Bio Tech
  • Henry Wei, MD, Senior Medical Director, Clinical Innovation, Aetna
  • Bill Geary, General Partner, Foundation Medical Partners
  • Dheeraj Batra, MBA, Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, Arogya Finance

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