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.

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