5th Annual Health Innovators of the Year Awards and Holiday Party

Photo from the 2014 Seattle Health Innovator of the Year Awards

December 12th from 5pm to 8pm
At the Cambia Grove
1800 9th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA

Recognize the heroes among us who are making a difference!

The design of this grassroots award is to recognize individuals who are exhibiting extraordinary talent in the four attributes that contribute to successful innovation:

• Customer focus
• Collaboration
• Imagination
• Perseverance

A listing of the amazing 2019 Finalists will be posted first of December.

To register go to MeetUp at the following link:

2019 Annual Awards and Holiday Party

Thursday, Dec 12, 2019, 5:00 PM

Cambia Grove
1800 9th Avenue, 2nd floor Seattle, WA

29 Health Innovators Attending

Join us for the 5th Annual Health Innovators of the Year Awards and Holiday Party. CELEBRATE THE HEALTH INNOVATION COMMUNITY. Recognize heroes among us who are making a difference! The design of this grass roots award is to recognize individuals who are exhibiting extraordinary talent in the four attributes that contribute to successful innovation:…

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Thank you to our sponsors Cambia Grove and Fenwick & West!

2019 Cascadia HealthTech Showcase

Thanks to Our Sponsors.

We want to thank our sponsors for this event, The Washington State Department of Commerce, Fenwick & West, and the Cambia Grove.

Healthcare is undergoing rapid transformation, but for many, not rapid enough. Come hear from forward-looking leaders as they showcase their transformative technology approaches to facilitating change.

Early bird registration is only $10, until Oct 7. Register here.

The Cascadia Region is known for its deep bench of technology, biotechnology, and healthcare talent. Join us to preview demonstrations of new products and tools that show how these fields are coming together to facilitate much needed transformation across healthcare. You will see interactive apps, portable diagnostic tools, new wave health IT, data discovery techniques. Prepare to be wowed by futuristic approaches that are right around the corner.

Location: Cambia Grove
Date: Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019, 5-8 pm (immediately following day 1 of the Geekwire Summit held at the Hyatt Regency Seattle)

2019 Cascadia HealthTech Showcase presenters include the following companies

(alphabetical order):

2Morrow Inc
An app-based program for teens and young adults who vape and want to quit. 

BrainChild Technologies
Smart Pacifier platform to help caregivers monitor infants for hearing loss. 

CuraCloud Corporation
Medical image analysis using AI. 

Voice enabled IoT medication management platform. 

Navigating Cancer
Patient relationship management platform is designed to help oncology providers improve care coordination and facilitate better patient engagement and communication. 

Omic predicts next year’s highest cost patients and creates genomic and other -omic intervention strategies. 

Plain Concepts
Biopsy needle tracking with HoloLens.  

Care providers use Samaritan to help vulnerable populations address critical determinants of health, significantly lowering costs and yielding life-changing outcomes.  

tuzag, Inc.
tuzag is a revolutionary digital tailoring and communication engagement relationship platform that provides a conversational AI concierge fostering surprising, delightful, one-on-one relationships for that generate exponentially greater engagement and navigation.

Visom Technology
AR + AI software for surgery in a wearable device that delivers the right data to users on-demand, any place it’s needed.

Special Guests 

In addition, Cambia Grove Innovator Fellows, Mansi Mehrotra and Kristin Mussar, will present their work with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center developing cloud infrastructure to support the analysis and publication of transcriptomic heterogeneities at the single-cell level. Learn how they are architecting a single-cell analysis pipeline capable of running popular analysis frameworks at scale.

Check out the videos from last year’s showcase!

We look forward to seeing you!

Seattle Health Innovators Meetup Wednesday April 24, 2019

When: April 24, 2019 4pm-6pm

The Seattle Health Innovators is a grass-roots community with a shared interest in the improvement of the healthcare system. Our next networking event is Wednesday 4/24 . The program centers on the special considerations involved in working with patient information, healthcare systems, and regulated products (even health apps!) that may have requirements the FDA and other regulatory agencies care about. The panelists are experts in these areas and are respected members of the Seattle health innovation community. The cost is $10. Please pre-register at this link so we order the right amount of snacks. https://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Health-Innovation-Forum/events/260521324/

Where: Cambia Grove


Kris Gosser, Datica
Cindy Jacobs, RN, JD, Jacobs Riggs
Jefferson Lin, JD, Fenwick and West
Stephanie Christopher, Medical Device Innovation Consortium

Moderator: Terri Butler, PhD, UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences, Drug and Device Advisory Committee

Light Bulb Pitch: Healthcare Ideas Worth Powering

Pitch your idea to a panel of expert judges for feedback and guidance on next steps!


DATE/TIME: April 11, 2019, 4-6pm

LOCATION: Cambia Grove

COST $10



Have an idea for solving a healthcare problem? Need team members or advice? Apply to pitch to a panel of expert judges for feedback and meet other like-minded Seattle area colleagues at this casual, fun meetup!



Not for companies. We are looking to seed new ideas and get more teams going!

You are serious about the problem you want to solve.

You can talk about your idea without revealing any critical intellectual property or you have a provisional patent filed.

You are interested in meeting like-minded people and want to have fun.



We’ll select 10 finalists to pitch to our judges for 90 seconds. Judges will have 3 minutes for follow up questions and feedback. Winners will get a casual “cup of coffee coaching session” with a subject matter expert in legal, IP, regulatory, etc.



Deadline for completing the brief (less than 5 minutes) application is April 8 at 5pm!


Notification of acceptance by April 10

Event is April 11

Questions? Email Terri Butler at butler.terri@gmail.com



Join us to watch the pitches live: http://meetu.ps/e/Gzc0k/xWxL1/f

Seattle Health Innovators Annual Awards 2018 Recap

What a night it was! On December 6th a crowd of nearly 150 people came out for the Fourth Annual Seattle Health Innovators Awards Ceremony to honor the 24 finalists and hear who this year’s winners of the four categories were. The categories included Collaboration, Customer Focus, Imagination, and Perseverance. Finalists came from healthtech, public health, pharma, digital imaging, and more.

Scott Kennedy, Treasurer of Seattle Health Innovators, led the program, introducing the finalists by category and highlighting the work of each. The range of contributions impressed the audience and led many in the crowd to reach out during the post-ceremony networking for deeper discussions.

Check out pictures from the awards.

The evening kicked off with the Collaboration category. First place was Elya Prystowsky, PhD, executive Director at Olympic Community of Health, who, as part of the Health Commons Team made up of Quad Aim Partners, Accountable Community of Care on the Olympic Peninsula and Greater Columbia and Puget Sound Fire, implemented digital systems to coordinate care efficiently, improving provider workflow and response times. Second place was Daphne Pie, of Public Health Seattle and King County, who took extraordinary strides to reduce the rate of populations without health insurance, resulting in King County’s rate of uninsured being only 4.5%

The Customer Focus category first place winner was Robbie Cape, co-founder and CEO of 98point6. The goal of 98point6 is to make primary care more affordable and accessible which the company does by harnessing the power of technology to support clinical staff and making a primary care doctor accessible through a phone-based app. Robbie’s exceptional focus on the user experience led to his nomination. Second place prize went to David Cerino, Product Leader for Digital Innovation at Providence, who led the Express Care program development and deployment, with exceptional focus on customer experience. Express Care is inside 40 Walgreens locations and is accessible via telehealth with an @Home service. The service has received high customer satisfaction ratings and evidenced by a Net Promoter Score of 70.

The Imagination category brought in the largest number of nominations with a roster of twelve. First place was won by University of Washington neurosurgical resident, Lynn McGrath, MD. Lynn and his team created PupilScreen, a phone-based app aiming to be a screening tool for traumatic brain injury such as concussion, not only useful in the hospital setting, but at the ball playing field. Second place was won by Shawn Iadonato, PhD, CEO of Kineta, a Seattle biotechnology company with several drugs in the pipeline, one which is a pain therapy acting on a physiologic pathway such that it would be a nonaddictive alternative to opioids.

Lastly, the Perseverance category first place winner was Beth Kolko, PhD, CEO of Shift Labs. Beth and her team developed DripAssist, a simple, easy to use IV drip rate monitor that replaces the pump at the hospital bedside. DripAssist is used across the US and around the world, but the journey to this point was long and arduous. Second place was won by Neal Sofian, who developed the first widely deployed smoking cessation program, Free and Clear (now called Quit for Life) in the ‘80s and has not stopped innovating since. He has always pushed the boundaries in healthcare and is currently CEO of a startup company called tuzag that aims to dramatically increase optimal use medical care through a conversational artificial intelligence concierge.

Check out all of the finalists in the previous blog announcement and watch our website for more photos and links to videos of the event, www.healthinnovator.org. We are grateful to our sponsor, Cambia Grove!

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