Seattle Health Innovators Awards 2019

Seattle Health Innovators Awards 2019

2019 Awardees (1st Place)

Collaboration, Private Industry

Will Canestaro, Ph.D., WRF Capital

Will is an investment professional who offers encouragement and insightful strategic advice for innovators in our state’s research institutions. He puts inter-organizational boundaries aside to keep focused on solving healthcare’s biggest problems.

Collaboration, Government

Representative Eileen Cody, Washington State Legislature

Representative Cody led the passage of SB 5526, the effort to lower premiums for Washington’s public option health plans. She collaborated extensively with the State Senate, Washington Health Benefit Exchange, the Governor’s Office, and other state agencies.


Nick Fradkin, Washington State Department of Health

Nick runs the tobacco cessation program for the State of Washington. He has been tasked with addressing the vaping epidemic and has championed an app-based program for that target population. Despite very limited resources Nick continues to drive forward with determination and persistence.

Customer Focus

Brad Youngren, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, 98point6

Brad’s credible voice and successful example demonstrate how patient care and technology can combine in a way that drives meaningful healthcare change. His influence and dedication have helped 98point6 achieve significant milestones including 24/7 availability and expansion into all 50 states.


Daniel-Adriano Silva, Ph.D., CoFounder and VP Research, Neoleukin Therapeutics

Daniel is a protein design scientist and co-author of a recent publication in Nature where he and his collaborators describe the process for designing from scratch totally new proteins that mimic the immune benefits of natural cytokines, but with less negative side effects. This invention is the basis of the Neoleukin Therapeutics platform.

Imagination: Honorable Mention

Matthew Tabakin, MD, CEO medsense

In addition to the first-place awardees above, the committee also wanted to recognize Matthew Tabakin, MD, CEO medsense, in the Imagination category. Matthew has taken his keen imagination and ability to follow through and applied it to found medsense, a company focused on medication adherence for patients in senior adult housing and other settings. 

Holiday Party

The awards ceremony was the centerpiece of a festive holiday gathering of our community. We look forward to 2020 and seeing what this community is capable of over the coming months.

Seattle Health Innovators was founded in 2013 as a grassroots meetup. In 2016 we formed an official nonprofit, Health Innovation Northwest. We are here to connect, educate, and innovate together with a common desire for better health outcomes.

2019 Health Innovators of the Year Finalists

On December 12th Health Innovation NW will recognize these ten amazing Finalists for the 2019 Health Innovators of the Year.

To register to 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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The design of this grassroots award is to recognize individuals who are exhibiting extraordinary talent in the four attributes that contribute to successful innovation: Collaboration, Customer Focus, Imagination, and Perseverance. The Finalists are as follows:


Eileen Cody, State Representative

Organization: Washington State Legislature
Nominator: Vincent Barrailler & Pam MacEwan

Eileen Cody has been a State Representative for 25 years. As a Nurse Clinician, she has been affiliated with Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health Cooperative) for a number of years.

Last April, Rep. Cody (D-West Seattle) led passage of Senate Bill 5526 in the state House of Representatives. This legislation gives Washingtonians purchasing health insurance coverage on the individual market a public option designed to lower the cost of premiums, copays and other out-of-pocket expenses. As the main innovator of this endeavor, Rep. Cody collaborated extensively with the State Senate, Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Governor’s Office and other state agencies. The resulting law preserves the gains of the Affordable Care Act and addresses concerns related to affordability and value.

Will Canestaro, PhD

Organization: WRF Capital
Nominator: Terri Butler & Erik Landaas

Dr. Will Canestaro is a Managing Director at Washington Research Foundation/WRF Capital. With a doctorate in health economics and outcomes research, Will is an investment professional with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry.
Will is a valuable catalyst for life science startups in the Pacific Northwest. In his role at WRF, Will is responsible for the Foundation’s investments in Life Science and Biotechnology start-ups where he provides insightful strategic advice and facilitates connections based on his own startup experience. During his PhD. studies at the UW, Will worked extensively with several university spin-outs to help them launch. He always finds time to meet with students and advise them; moreover, connect them to others in his network.

Will has been on the management team for the Institute for Translational Health Sciences, ITHS/WRF Summer Commercialization Fellows program, and teaches the Health Innovation Practicum. He has served on and been a great collaborator on committees and boards for M3 Biotechnology, Faraday Pharmaceuticals, Phase Genomics, Icosavax, One Radio, Life Science Washington Institute, and the ITHS.

Customer Focus

Brad Younggren, MD

Organization: 98point6
Nominator: Julia Scully

Dr. Brad Younggren is the Chief Medical Officer of 98point6, the on-demand virtual clinic. He also serves as an emergency medicine physician and medical director at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland.

Under his guidance, 98point6 strives to deliver the highest level of patient care and experience. Part of this process includes overseeing Standard of Care Guidelines that are consistently reviewed and refined over time, as well as a comprehensive prescription and antibiotic stewardship approach that has enabled one of the lowest prescription rates in the industry. Brad also leads and advises 98point6’s Clinic Quality Assurance Committee, which utilizes data to thoroughly and collaboratively monitor physicians’ adherence to Quadruple Aim standards.

Brad’s influence and dedication to providing a modern primary care experience to as many people as possible has significantly helped 98point6 achieve it’s milestones, including 24/7 availability and licensing a team of doctors in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Brad’s credible voice and successful example demonstrate how patient care and technology can combine in a way that drives meaningful healthcare change.

Michele Mehl

Organization: Excy
Nominator: Mike Rector

Michele Mehl is the founder and CEO of Excy, which has created full body portable exercise cycling hardware and software that builds a bridge between fitness and outpatient rehabilitation. Her professional background includes entrepreneurial success in public relations and communications.

Michele demonstrates the power of intently listening to customers that have limited mobility, as well as partnering with physical and occupational therapists and hospital rehab professionals to deliver proper exercise solutions. Customer insights include understanding that many people who need access to Excy’s fitness device, to help improve their health, at the same time have lost income or gained medical expenses due to injury, illness or disability. Understanding this, Excy then responded by creating rent-to-own and monthly rental program options.

Michele is committed to eliminating the barriers of exercise for all, not only by providing Excy’s inclusively designed hardware and software but in every aspect of customer engagement. Through Michele’s customer focus, the company is finding the sweet spot of continuing to make Excy’s high quality, and versatile exercise equipment yet provides affordable options.


Daniel-Adriano Silva, PhD

Organization: Neoleukin Therapeutics
Nominator: Lance Stewart

Dr. Daniel Adriano Silva is the Co-Founder and Vice President for Research at Neoleukin Therapeutics. With a PhD. in biochemistry, Daniel is a true innovator in computational de novo protein design.

Earlier this year Dr. Silva and his team of collaborators published their breakthroughs in the Nature journal. They described how computers can be used to design from scratch totally new proteins that by mimicry, mediate the potent immune-modulatory effects of natural cytokines, but with less negative side effects. For example, the protein “Neo-215” perfectly mimics the function of a natural cancer fighting protein, interleukin-2, but with greatly reduced side effects and tremendously simplified manufacturing.

Through his Translational Research at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design, Daniel and his team were able to start-up and spin out a new company, Neoleukin Therapeutics. With a recently announced reverse merger with Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Neoleukin Therapeutics is now the first publicly traded company in history with a de novo designed protein as its core technology.

Francisco Pelaez Aller

Organization: Plain Concepts
Nominator: Jose Bermejo

Francisco Pelaez Aller is a Regional Delivery Manager and Software Development Engineer with Redmond based Plain Concepts. He has academic training in informatics engineering.

Francisco and his team brought to reality a cutting-edge approach to improve the efficacy of biopsies. Utilizing HoloLens and Wave augmented reality guidance, their solution helps doctors perform biopsies. Their device is a very creative way to reduce errors while decreasing patient pain and improving overall satisfaction for both patients and physicians.

Kerry Curran

Organization: Lung Technologies, LLC
Nominator: Xia Curran

Kerry Curran is the co-founder of Lung Technologies, LLC. To that role, he brings years of experience in customer relations and sales management in the cardio/thoracic and respiratory capital equipment space.

Building on collaboration with Seattle University and Gonzaga University, under Kerry’s leadership, Lung Technologies, LLC is developing a second generation version incentive spirometer with an electronic user interface and a DVT prevention device incorporating active/passive blood manipulation technology. Both these rehabilitative medicine procedures are critical in post-surgical recovery and care. With the company’s electronic user-interface, valuable information on patient compliance is available to the treating physician or respiratory therapist.

More specifically, the company’s e-DV-Tech active/passive technology provides for maximal manipulation of blood in the calf region thus preventing DVT’s. Likewise, Lung Technologies active electronic Incentive Spirometer allows for maximal re-opening of the lung alveoli following surgery under general anesthesia. Monitoring patient compliance of both rehabilitative procedures following surgery will greatly reduce hospital post-surgical recovery times and thus costs.

Matthew Tabakin, MD

Organization: medsense, Inc.
Nominator: Marc Miller, M.D.

Dr. Matthew Tabakin is a physician and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of medsense.

Medsense is an AI powered and blue tooth enhanced mobile platform that helps people take their medications safely and on schedule and equips caregivers and family members with a tool to monitor real-time medication usage and support care. Matt exemplifies imagination across several domains. Based on his experience as a medical student in the emergency department, Matt realized that a root solution for avoiding bad outcomes in the emergency department (and for hospitalized patients) began with improving medication compliance in a patient’s home weeks and months earlier. The combination of his curiosity, insights, and imagination has created not only a solution for that original challenge to improving outcomes, but an IP protected platform for solving other healthcare problems.

At this point, there is demand for medsense’s device hub and associated technology from beyond medication compliance alone. Matt has demonstrated a keen ability to envision other customers, service settings, and continuous evolution of product configurations that are commercially viable. An example is Matt adopting medsense’s solution to evolving pharmacy delivery models. His imagination, combined with initiative and follow through, has expanded the use case from retail pharmacy usage to senior adult housing and other settings. These initiatives have gained traction from respected potential partners within those spaces. In summary, Matt Tabakin has demonstrated an admirable imaginative strength harnessed with an entrepreneur’s can-do attitude and positive energy.

Muhammad Ahmad, PhD

Organization: KenSci
Nominator: Fiza Samual

Dr. Muhammad Ahmad is a Principal Data Scientist and Machine Learning Lead at KenSci. With a PhD. in biochemistry, Muhammad is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.

KenSci’s Machine Learning Platform and Predictive Analytics Apps answer the hard questions about ‘Who might get sick?”, “What can we do about it?’ and ‘How can we serve them better across the continuum of care?’. The company’s team of Doctors, Data Scientists, and Developers are focused on building the first vertically integrated Machine Learning Platform for Healthcare.

Muhammad’s contributions for KenSci and beyond include pioneering research on Explainable AI in healthcare. Furthermore, Muhammad’s work addresses many of the deficiencies in the related field of Accountable AI.


Nick Fradkin

Organization: WA State Department of Health
Nominator: Jo Masterson

Nick Fradkin is a Tobacco Cessation Consultant with the Washington State Department of Health. He has master’s degrees in both public administration and public health.

Among other responsibilities, Nick runs the tobacco cessation efforts for the Washington State Department of Health. Despite very limited resources and funds, Nick has continued to drive cessation efforts through developing innovative programs for targeted populations. Recently, Nick has been tasked with addressing the vaping epidemic affecting Washington’s teens and young adults. He has championed and helped create a new vaping cessation program that is delivered via an app. To do this, Nick not only had to secure internal buy-in, but he collaborated with tobacco cessation experts, educators and the digital health company to assure the new program was safe and appropriate for the at-risk populations. This effort helped WA state become the first state to offer an app-based program for teens who vape. Nick is well regarded for his ability, when faced with big needs and limited resources, to continue to drive forward with determination and persistence, and going the extra mile to find new solutions.

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:…

Check out this Meetup →

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

Nominate the 5th Annual Health Innovators of the Year for 2019

Nominate the 5th Annual Health Innovators of the Year for 2019

Deadline November 8, 2019
Notification of Finalist status November 27th
Winners announced at the Seattle Health Innovators Holiday Gathering on Thursday Dec 12 at the Cambia Grove.

Nomination should only take about 20 minutes of your time and can be completed on a computer, tablet or phone.

This award is for your peers, your teammates, your collaborators!

The Seattle Health Innovators of the Year Awards are intended to recognize and encourage individuals who engage in the hard work of driving progress in health and health care. We recognize that progress comes from both innovative ideas and exceptional execution by individuals. These awards are for our colleagues whose efforts we respect and whose examples inspire us. Sectors covered include care delivery, payers/purchasers, health and wellness, life sciences/research, health IT, data science and device/applications.

Who has changed your way of thinking, over the past year?

Awards will be made in each of the following categories:

Imagination: This category is to recognize individual achievement in conceiving new ways of solving problems in the health sector via new methods, ideas, products, services, or business models.

  • Perseverance: This category is to recognize individual achievement in demonstrating tenacity over time in the face of adversity and in transforming health innovation challenges into opportunities.
  • Customer-focus: This category is to recognize an individual member of an innovation team who maintains focus on the customer and builds deep, long-term relationships by better understanding, anticipating, and fulfilling stated and latent customer needs.
  • Collaboration: This category is to recognize an individual who has put aside organizational boundaries and has established effective relationships with innovators in other companies.
  • Imagination: This category is to recognize individual achievement in conceiving new ways of solving problems in the health sector via new methods, ideas, products, services, or business models.

Nominees must be individuals with a genuine connection to the Cascadia Region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia) involved in health innovation.

Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Scott Kennedy
Health Innovation NW Treasurer
(206) 755 3594

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, We are grateful to our sponsor, Cambia Grove!

2018 Health Innovators of the Year Finalists

Seattle continues to grow a strong health innovation community, reflected by this years 2018 Finalists of the Seattle Innovators of the Year Awards.  Successful innovation in an industry as complex as healthcare requires a combination of Collaboration, Customer Focus, Imagination, and Perseverance. On December 6th at the Cambia Grove, Health Innovation NW will recognize a remarkable set of individuals who exemplify these qualities. Collaboration Carly Eckert, MD – KenSci  |  Elya Prystowsky, PhD – Olympic Community of Health  |  Daphne Pie – Public Health Seattle and King County  |  Oren Nissim – Brook Customer Focus David Cerino – Providence St Joseph Health  |  Jill Angelo – genneve  |  Robbie Cape – 98point6 Imagination Brad Walker – Orthopedic Wellness Laboratories  |  Christian Severt – CuraCloud  |  David Atkins, PhD – UW /  |  Kerry M. Curran – Lung Technologies  |  Lynn McGrath, MD PupilScreen  |  Mahesh Mulumudi, MD  -Steth IO  |  Maitreyee Joshi – Microsoft  |  Michele Mehl – Excy  |  Peter Harris – Longevity Surgical, Inc.   |  Ran Baror – Gulp Baby  |  Shawn Iadonato, PhD – Kineta  |  Sundar Balasubramanian – Xealth Perseverance Beth Kolko – Shift Labs  |  Brian Ross, MD, PhD – Format Health / UW Medicine  |  Michael Domingo, DPT – GO PT  |  Neal Sofian – tuzag  |  Torben Nielsen – Premera Blue Cross If you would like to join us for our Annual Awards and Holiday Party and want to help us celebrate this year’s Health Innovators of the Year, please RSVP via our event page.


Carly Eckert, MD

Innovator: Carly Eckert, MD

Organization: KenSci Nominator: Corinne Strom Dr. Carly is a valued member of KenSci’s Research and Healthcare Insights Teams.  Each day, she uses her experience as a Medical Doctor, skills in epidemiology, and knowledge of clinical informatics on research and pilot efforts in both the US and United Kingdom, expanding the utilization of machine learning in healthcare across international borders. She spans both outbound activities – partnering with customers and research groups – and inbound work, ensuring that fellow “KenScientists” can build the next generation of solutions for customers.  On any given day, Carly might be collaborating with a front-end developer on reporting experiences, brainstorming data schemas, or co-leading a Machine Learning workshop for the IT team of an integrated delivery network.  She has become an evangelist for providers who augment their repertoire of knowledge and skills with the best outputs that Data Science can offer. Approachable, enthusiastic, and willing to roll up her sleeves and work in data, Dr. Carly Eckert is an ideal team member and collaborator. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Elya Prystowsky, PhD Innovator: Elya Prystowsky, PhD Organization: Health Commons Nominator: Rob Arnold With 12 years of training as an epidemiologist and five years of experience leading a local nonprofit health collaborative, Elya is grounded by the belief that healthcare is local, and therefore solutions to the problems that exist today must derive from the local experience. She drives toward improved population health by blending her experience and training with her passion for our communities. Through partnerships, Elya and the Health Commons Team (Quad Aim Partners, Accountable Community of Care on the Olympic peninsula and Greater Columbia and Puget Sound Fire) developed and implemented systems that coordinated care efficiently and effectively, made life better for the many providers implementing an easy and efficient digital system instead of clumsy and inefficient phone calls. (~80% of their calls are medical and social and caused by a small cohort of vulnerable people) This system is now implemented in Clallam County and soon to be implemented at Puget Sound Fire  and in central Washington. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  Daphne Pie Innovator: Daphne Pie Organization: Public Health Seattle and King County Nominator: Pam MacEwan Daphne Pie has been laser focused on reaching and facilitating access to health care throughout King County since 2013, particularly for those who experience the most significant health disparities. Daphne has formed partnerships with organizations throughout King County to target outreach and enrollment efforts. She has been able to hire individuals from target communities as Navigators. Data shows that these targeted outreach efforts make a difference. The Office of Financial Management reported that from 2013 through 2016, King County reduced the rate of uninsured among its residents by 60%. Overall, despite having the largest population in Washington, King County has one of the lowest rates for residents who remain uninsured at only 4.5%. For every obstacle that presents itself, Daphne relentlessly pursues a solution. Her genuine passion, compassion for the people of her community, and her drive are an inspiration throughout the Navigator community. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Oren Nissim Innovator: Oren Nissim Organization: Brook Health Nominator: Heather King Oren approached the issue of chronic disease self-management from a place of trying to manage his own diabetes and not finding the ideal tools to do so. Brook Personal Health Companion was created to provide access and accountability to people who need to make many daily decisions to keep themselves healthy. Oren has worked tirelessly to partner with health insurance companies and other digital health tech companies to provide a user experience that truly delivers on its promise to always be there, working in the background. He is an inspirational leader in the field of health tech, with a focus on the individual user. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  

Customer Focus

David Cerino Innovator: David Cerino Organization: Providence St Joseph Health Group Nominator: Mark Long David Cerino, Product Leader for Digital and Innovation, new “Express Care” service from Providence and Swedish. Developing relationships with patients, clinicians, payers, and health system leaders, David led the digital platform critical to Express Care’s success.  Express Care was launched at stand-alone locations, inside 40 Walgreens retail locations, via telehealth, and with @Home service.  In 3 years, Express Care has delivered 250,000 encounters to those who may have had to wait for a primary care opening, gone to the emergency room, or simply not had access to care.  The @Home service is critical to those with mobility issues or often when multiple family members need care.  Simply put, delayed care or lack of access is just bad care. In addition to growing a service from 0 to 250,000 encounters, David achieved a “Net Promoter Score” (NPS) of over 70. NPS measures the willingness of customers to recommend services to others.  For comparison, Amazon’s NPS is 64 and Apple’s is 70.  This is unheard of in the healthcare arena and a concrete measurement of David’s intense Customer Focus. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Jill Angelo Innovator: Jill Angelo Organization: genneve Nominator: Shannon Perry Jill Angelo, founder of Genneve, is addressing a gap in information and care for middle-aged women in the menopause years. So many women are under- or mis-informed about what to expect and how soon in life to expect it. Jill has been scouting partners in tech and healthcare to find ways to bring access to more women – especially those in rural areas facing a growing shortage of ob/gyns – via the company’s telehealth platform. Jill and her team have built a very solid foundation of health care advisors and a library of blogs and podcasts that are thoroughly researched. Next up for the company is a wearable, to collect data that will not only help the individual woman understand her body better but will hopefully help inform research decisions within the greater health care community. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Robbie Cape Innovator: Robbie Cape Organization: 98point6 Nominator: Bryan Gibbs Robbie Cape, co-founder of 98point6, passionately believes everyone deserves quality, affordable primary care. In 2015, he co-founded 98point6 to harness the power of technology to make primary care more accessible and affordable. The impetus and need for 98point6 was clear. Long wait times, rising costs and the inconvenience of getting to a doctor’s office has also contributed to consumer disengagement from a relationship with primary care.  98point6 offers diagnosis and treatment from board-certified physicians via in-app messaging, at a fraction of the cost of existing primary care options. The company leverages Artificial Intelligence to handle administrative tasks for physicians, so they can spend more time treating patients. Soon after starting 98point6, Robbie assembled a Medical Advisory Board, a team of 18 distinguished physicians to serve as strategic advisors to 98point6. Since launching its employer offering in January of 2018, 98point6 has already contracted with 33 companies across the nation and in a range of industries (including retail, technology, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing), and is on track to have 100,000 members under contract through employers by the end of the year. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  


Brad Walker Innovator: Brad Walker Organization: Orthopedic Wellness Laboratories Nominator: Bill McClain With a mission to expand the range of pain-free movement, Brad Walker and his startup team are addressing an unmet need. The opportunity: Consider whiplash and concussion. The OWL device will provide patients with baseline and progress measurements before, during and after a rotational muscle strengthening rehab program and highlight individual patients’ progress. Stronger, rehabilitated muscles will help relieve pain, address alignment issues, and help prevent future injury. More than ever, athletic trainers, medical professionals and insurance companies want precise, objective measurement and documentation of baseline condition and progress during treatment, and controlled, adjustable resistance therapy. The OWL patent-pending device will connect to a smartphone app that records key measurements at baseline, and trends over time. The device will provide adjustable, uniform resistance and will be comfortable to use. Brad envisions a future where this device is standard equipment in all physical therapy, sports medicine and chiropractic clinics. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Christian Severt Innovator: Christian Severt Organization: CuraCloud Corporation Nominator: Ed Butler Christian Severt is the Information Security leader at CuraCloud, a healthcare AI startup in Seattle. He is a former US military Information Technology expert and has worked in the healthcare field for the past 3 years. Soon after joining the CuraCloud team he led the project to provide a HIPAA-compliant method for receiving data from healthcare providers to be used to build and test our deep learning models. He led the selection process, chose a consulting firm to support the effort and then led the design effort for our “Clean Room” project. This resulted in a new capability that will be useful for operating a HIPAA “hybrid” model in which a very limited number of employees have access to Protected Health Information, but ensures that AI developers only use de-identified data. The Clean Room project provides a way for healthcare providers with whom CuraCloud has a Business Associate Agreement to upload encrypted data and provides audit trails through the data cleansing process. After de-identification the data may be used for IRB-approved research projects without risk of loss of privacy. This innovation addresses one of the fundamental blockers in developing deep learning models by providing an effective way to protect patent privacy. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ David Atkins, PhD Innovator: David Atkins, PhD Organization: UW/ Nominator: Reza Hosseini Ghomi David Atkins, PhD. has been faculty and professor at University of Washington (UW) for over 10 years now and currently co-directs the Behavioral Research in Engineering and Technology (BRiTE) Center within the department of psychiatry at UW. Dave has been able to do something that few faculty members can. He has been able to successfully transfer his academic research into a new and successful company. Dave is a trained psychologist and has had interest in combining technology with psychology throughout his career. Collaborating with leaders in the natural language processing field from University of Southern California and The University of Utah, Dave was able to create a system, which would automatically listen to therapy in real time, transcribe and diarize the session, and provide feedback to the therapist. The first iteration has been validated for motivational interviewing and is being used in substance use clinics and psychology training programs in several states now. His company, has signed several contracts now and continues to grow. Dave has taken a technology that provides a major advance in using powerful voice technology and is putting it to use in a highly impactful way. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Kerry M. Curran Innovator: Kerry M. Curran Organization: Lung Technologies Nominator: Shana Curran Kerry M. Curran teamed with the graduate mechanical engineering class at Seattle University to design, develop, test and prototype a revolutionary medical device for testing inhalation capacity called the VaLena 5000 Therapeutic Incentive Spirometer. Kerry and his team were able to have a completed working prototype completed in just 9 months. This prototype was so well conceived, engineered and thoroughly tested that they were able to prepare a FDA 510K pre-market approval to submit to the FDA. They also applied for function and design patents. Class II medical devices typically take years to develop and test, yet Kerry and his team did it in an incredible 9 months. This new Therapeutic Incentive Spirometer offers a user interface for the pulmonologist to be able to exactly gauge patient use and progress or more importantly, lack of progress. The pulmonologist can now change/alter care based on the accurate and factual data from the spirometer. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lynn McGrath, MD Innovator: Lynn McGrath, MD Organization: UW Department of Neurosurgery/ PupilScreen Nominator: Rajeev Sen In developing PupilScreen, Lynn has done a phenomenal job identifying a gap in the capability of front-line providers to diagnose and triage traumatic brain injury both in the US and globally and addressing it with an accessible, affordable solution. The magnitude of the problem cannot be overstated as the inability of first responders to accurately diagnose traumatic brain injury leads to a 25% excess mortality in these patients in the United States alone. This number is significantly higher in low resource countries around the world, where TBI is the leading cause of premature death. While working a grueling schedule as a neurosurgery resident, Lynn managed to reach out and collaborate with Professor Shwetak Patel of the UW Computer Science department to create an inexpensive, easy to use app for the iPhone that replaces technology that was previously $8,000 and out of reach for all but the most sophisticated hospitals in the US. The app has generated nation-wide press coverage and is being currently being tested in the US and in a pilot study in Thailand to assess its use in the developing world. The project is a model for how UW can foster teamwork between clinicians and academic to achieve profound results with the potential to positively impact millions of lives in the US and abroad. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mahesh Mulumudi, MD Innovator: Mahesh Mulumudi, MD Organization: Steth IO Nominator: Vikram Chalana Dr. Mahesh Mulumudi has invented Steth IO , an Artificial Intelligence-enabled smartphone stethoscope. The stethoscope is embedded into the case of a smartphone and machine learning is integrated into the technology to provide the output. With this, his team at Steth IO has created the “shazam for heart and lung sounds” — enabling automatic interpretation of these sounds to help physicians better diagnose health issues. This technology is bringing the ancient stethoscope into the 21st century, giving physicians improved confidence in listening to heart and lung sounds for early diagnosis. While working as a full-time interventional cardiologist, Dr. Mulumudi worked relentlessly to build and test this technology. After a few iterations, Steth IO was approved in 2017 by the FDA as a class-2 medical device. The device was also granted three utility patents and three design patents in the US and seven other countries. In 2018, the Steth IO team launched the product to market. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mailtreyee Joshi Innovator: Maitreyee Joshi Organization: Microsoft Nominator: Neel Mehta Maitreyee’s Health Tech journey began when she almost went blind in high school. She discovered how few products there were to help people with medical conditions such as blindness, and made it her goal to develop medical technology. After learning from Accessibility Technology Specialists at the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center that independent indoor navigation is one of the toughest challenges that the blind face, Maitreyee set about trying to solve that problem. This led her to founding her first startup, BlindWalk, which built an iOS app to help the blind navigate through buildings 85% faster. Since then, Maitreyee has continually gone above and beyond in creating innovative solutions to help the disabled and cancer patients. She developed a tactile feedback system that enables amputees to feel tactile sensations through their prosthetic arms. She wrote a machine learning algorithm to detect DNA mutations that cause a particularly malignant cancerous brain tumor called Glioblastoma multiforme. Maitreyee’s latest project has been the most ambitious and innovative of all; she has been using computer vision and retinal prostheses to restore functional sight to the blind. There are almost 40 million blind individuals worldwide, a staggering 75% of whom are unemployed, causing an estimated global economic burden of approximately $3 trillion. Thus, Maitreyee calculated that the impact of curing blindness would have enormous quality of life, economic, and social implications. While Maitreyee’s research in restoring functional sight to the blind is ongoing, her efforts in using computer vision and retinal prostheses to restore functional sight the blind has the potential to radically change the lives for the blind in the future. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Michele Mehl Innovator: Michele Mehl Organization: Excy Nominator: Jill Angelo Michele has re-imagined how people can get the benefits of recumbent cycling no matter their disability or location. Her Excy device is a convenient recumbent cycling device that has proven beneficial for PT-patients struggling with injuries or disabilities at birth. She’s tenacious in her drive to bring this new technology to patients everywhere by partnering with physical therapists and other physical training centers focused on her target consumer. Her drive and innovation are inspiring! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Peter Harris Innovator: Peter Harris Organization: Longevity Surgical, Inc. Nominator: Peter Harris Peter Harris designed a unique surgery approach for obesity known as laparoscopic gastric plication (LGP), plus a unique enabling surgical tool, LapProx™. All current existing surgeries (“band”, “bypass”, “sleeve”, etc.) are designed to be delivered from centers of excellence, because they have high risk to the patient, high failure rate, high cost, and need high surgeon skill, making them inaccessible to the majority of obesity/ T2D suffers, who are not high income or logistically accessible. LapProx will improve surgeon time from up to 152 minutes of difficult, stressful suturing to an easy, one-handed 20-25 min. An estimated 3,000 cases done by hand surgery, mostly outside of US. LGP/LapProx is designed to be safe, simple for the surgeon, low cost for self-pay, so can be done at local centers by moderately skilled surgeons. Studies have found LGP to be suitable for outpatient delivery instead of 2-3 days in hospital. In one review of 11 studies of LGP surgery, weight loss is found to be “comparable to sleeve gastrectomy”, with reoperations much lower at only 3% and conversion at 0.2%. In one T2D study, 92% of LGP patients went into remission compared to another study showing only 42% and 37% for band and sleeve patients respectively. LGP/LapProx is the only surgery that is low cost (self-pay), quick, easy, simple and safe enough to be offered for T2D by primary intent, with concomitant obesity reduction by secondary intent. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ran Baror Innovator: Ran Baror Organization: Gulp Baby Nominator: Marc Miller Ran Baror is the entrepreneur behind Gulp Baby. Based on his family’s own difficulty with their baby’s breast feeding, he brought together a team that has created a very imaginative clinically validated digital, Machine Learning enhanced, solution to improve breast feeding results beginning in the hospital and continuing through a baby’s discharge home. Despite having multiple health benefits, 60% of mothers give up on breast feeding efforts before they intended to. In addition, breast feeding issues account for 11% of postpartum emergency department visits. Ran’s imagination has fueled a scalable, cost effective approach that combines a wearable, artificial intelligence, pro-active targeted lactation counseling to increase mother and child satisfaction, health status, and more efficient use of scarce healthcare resources for those entities at financial risk. In use today, building a trusting relationship early on, Gulp Baby envisions a future of additional user friendly, affordable beneficial services and information for new parents and their health care providers. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Shawn Iadonato, PhD Innovator: Shawn Iadonato, PhD Organization: Kineta Nominator: Craig Phillips In 2018, Dr. Shawn Iadonato lead his research team at Kineta in developing and partnering a potential lifesaving advance for the management of chronic pain. Each day in the US 50 people die from opioid overdose, this is a major health crisis with an enormous economic and societal impact on our country. Dr. Iadonato and his team have developed a non-opioid alternative to managing chronic pain thereby providing effective pain control with a safe and nonaddictive alternative. This novel drug target is not expressed in the central nervous system; this leads to a safer therapy with no centrally mediated toxicities. Unlike other chronic pain therapies, Kineta’s α9α10 nAChR antagonists are non-addictive and non-tolerizing. In the first half of 2018, Dr. Iadonato and his team successfully partnered the chronic pain program with Genentech/Roche one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world. Kineta’s scientists – co lead by Eric Tarcha and Jose Mercado – located in South Lake Union in Seattle, will continue to drive the scientific advance of this exciting new technology. This new drug could replace opioids, thereby eliminating tens or even hundreds of thousands of overdoses each year. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Sundar Balasubramanian Innovator: Sundar Balasubramanian Organization: Xealth Nominator: David Cooper As a co-founder of Xealth, Sundar was instrumental in creating and scaling a product that has the potential to impact Hundreds of millions of people – and save healthcare systems over $1 million annually. Xealth makes it easier for providers to prescribe digital health solutions and integrate them into their workflow and patients to easily access these materials. Sundar spearheaded the innovation to allow providers to recommend non-durable medical goods to patients using Amazon. Rather than saying “Get some prenatal vitamins,” and then leaving the patient to figure out which ones to choose, doctors can now give patients one click access to the ones they’d prefer. This is the first time Amazon has been integrated with a health system and a unique use of its APIs to help improve patient choice. Sundar continues to be an unsung leader in health innovation here in Seattle in spite of the great strides he’s making for the field.



Beth Kolko Innovator: Beth Kolko Organization: Shift Labs Nominator: Brad Youngren Beth has been working away at solving a medical device problem in the global health space. The DripAssist creates a new modality for monitoring IV infusions in environments where pumps are not financially feasible. This problem was two-fold, prototype & build, and then figuring out how to distribute a product that is most beneficial to healthcare delivery systems that are likely the most financially constrained. She has persevered through building the product, securing funding and support through Y-Combinator, and then has embarked on a 6-year mission to develop a completely new market segment. She continues to innovate on the platform, winning awards in the global space. Slow, but persistent growth has allowed the company to have the product added into infusion textbooks as a new category of device. Further innovations are on the horizon that have the purpose of increasing safe medication delivery around the world. Beth’s tenacity and perseverance are impressive in a very tough market. Through demonstrated projects in Haiti and Africa, it is clear the impact this device can have in hospitals around the world. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Brian Ross, MD, PhD Innovator: Brian Ross, MD, PhD Organization: Format Health/UW Medicine Nominators: Phillip Wong and Graham Kim Brian Ross MD, PhD is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Format Health, a digital health company based on technology he developed at the University of Washington Medical Center, “RevivePro”. Dr. Ross has been persevering for YEARS working to improve the cardiac arrest resuscitation process. Many years ago, as an anesthesiologist at the University of Washington Medical Center, he developed a cardiac arrest resuscitation documentation and guidance system. Throughout the years, he has been improving the system, and the system was commercialized two years ago, and Format Health was founded. Especially in the last two years, as the Chief Medical Officer of Format Health, he has persevered through the thick and thin of digital health entrepreneurship, and it is finally being used in emergency departments and ICUs in hospitals across the country! His pursuit for constant innovation, and fearlessness in disrupting the status quo is driven by his true passion for the well-being of the patients. His drive, thoughtfulness, and ability to overcome challenges is infectious and inspires those around him to join him on his quest. Dr. Ross, his achievements, and his impact on countless lives, is truly the finest example of perseverance in a health innovator. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Michael Domingo, DPT Innovator: Michael Domingo, DPT Organization:  GO PT Nominator: Shivani Patel Michael started his physical therapy practice 4 years ago as a small home-health practice. Home health came with lots of challenges as he would have to carry his treatment table up flights of stairs or would spend time circling his patient’s neighborhoods simply looking for a parking spot. While he was very interested in the idea of home-health services, it simply wasn’t allowing him the space or equipment to give his patients the high-quality care they deserved. He moved on to rent a room from a gym that gave him access to equipment and space, but came with its own obstacles. The gym just wasn’t set up to welcome patients recovering from injuries so after more than a year of trying to renovate the gym space, decided it was time to look for a place of his own to tailor the environment for patient comfort. Two years ago, he purchased a physical therapy practice in much need of TLC and he had just the right touch for it. That practice started with only two therapists and now has grown to 7 physical therapists, offering care in the same model that was important to Michael even during his humble beginnings. He never got discouraged after having to switch locations multiple times and he looks at every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow. He is the definition of perseverance in healthcare! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Neal Sofian Innovator: Neal Sofian Organization: tuzag Nominator: Ron Cornell Neal Sofian is a public health guy, an innovator, and funny. He has lots of mantras that are his guiding stars in his work. The one he uses the most is, “It ain’t dog food if the dog don’t eat it.” For the past 35 years Neal has explored innovative ways to use technology to extend the reach and impact of health behavior change; getting lots more dogs eating. This has required creating solutions that can simultaneously scale and remain highly personal. In 1986 telephone behavior change coaching didn’t exist. Neal took the research and translated it into Free & Clear, currently called Quit for Life with 3.5 million participants, now the largest smoking cessation program in the U.S. They were able to replicate this for arthritis, aging, and end of life care and support, reaching millions of users. Ultimately NewSof was sold to Resolution Health which was acquired by Anthem Blue Cross. While at Premera Blue Cross, in partnership with Guiding Stars, Edenred, and Wellness Layers, Neal created Serve It Up!, an online and mobile site focused on helping out members and the general community eat healthier and save a few bucks in the process. Yet, perhaps he has saved the best for last. There are literally over a 100,000 applications and services available in the health space. However, not enough people are using them. The real problem is engagement itself. So, at 65, Neal became the CEO of a startup company, tuzag, whose purpose is to dramatically increase the optimal use of care, products and services through a conversational AI concierge that helps people maximize their health and well-being. Neal represents what we need in this field, a willingness to explore the boundaries of healthcare and the persistence to translate crazy ideas into realities that change millions of lives ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Torben Nielsen Innovator: Torben Nielsen Organization: Premera Blue Cross Nominator: Patti Brooke Torben has been committed to improving the patient journey through health care since 2006 by introducing and championing digital tools and doorways where they did not exist previously. Torben joined Premera in 2017 after five years at Portland-based HealthSparq, the $25M startup Torben co-founded in 2012. Under his leadership, it grew to number 196 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing U.S. companies in 2016. Prior to HealthSparq, Torben oversaw digital solutions at the Regence Group (now Cambia Health Solutions) where he was instrumental in successfully launching first-in-nation plan capabilities of price transparency and patient reviews of providers to members. Torben has been a long-time champion of corporate innovation on behalf of the patient. Now he’s focused on expanding customer experience innovations at Premera Blue Cross by working closely with internal and external stakeholders. In his role as VP of Innovation and Strategic Investments, he has convinced the organization to introduce enterprise-wide crowdsourcing challenges and co-design efforts with technology start-ups. Additionally, he has been the advocate of the patient experience in Premera’s new offering, Peak Care, the result of a new partnership between Premera and MultiCare. Torben’s persistence and creative thinking enable him to advocate piloting new technologies, learning and iterating. There are a number of pilot projects underway out of the Premera Test Kitchen, under Torben, with the goal to learn what will work in making health care work better for everyone.
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