On this week’s Silicon Valley Insider host Keith Koo speaks with Dr. Mike Fenn, PhD who is the Director of Healthcare and Lifesciences at Harvard Innovation Labs. Mike goes into detail of what Harvard Innovation Labs is all about and how the ecosystem works including how startups apply for the program and how corporate partners engage with these startups.
Keith and Mike also talk about where innovation in healthcare and lifesciences is headed in 2019 in beyond with many exciting breakthroughs that are expected on the horizon.
On this week’s pivot, Keith and Mike discuss pivots in healhcare with Mike giving some real world examples on what he has personally experienced as an entrepreneur and startup advisor.
About Mike Fenn:
Dr. Michael Fenn is the new Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Harvard Innovation Labs and recent transplant from the beaches of sunny central Florida. He is particularly passionate about helping academic-entrepreneurs, and bridging the gap between academic research and the venture world, having worked extensively in both. His entrepreneurial activities have resulted in early-stage startups achieving venture capital and angel investment, as well as success with SBIR proposals, intellectual property development, technology transfer, and navigating FDA regulatory pathways. Dr. Fenn was formerly an Assistant Professor and cofounding member of the Florida Institute of Technology’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, as well as the Director of the Center for Medical Materials and Biophotonics. Dr. Fenn has a diverse research background with experience in the areas of biomaterials, nanomaterials, tissue engineering, biophotonics, 3D bio-printing, and machine learning, with applications in, medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics, and drug delivery. He has published over 20 scientific papers, co-authored one textbook, and presented at over 50 international conferences, as well as served as Principal Investigator on NIH funded research.
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