Health Innovators Collaborative


The Health Innovators Collaborative, in partnership with UW Medicine and the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, seeks to assist the healthcare innovation ecosystem in Washington state as it adapts to the profound changes underway in American healthcare. The Collaborative will work with companies, research groups and educational programs to facilitate information exchange, educational opportunities, partnership development and shared resource utilization.

Goals of the Health Innovators Collaborative

  • Facilitate information exchange about the needs and opportunities emerging as health care evolves
  • Provide educational opportunities, especially ways for UW students to achieve an initial exposure to the changing realities of health care and thereby enhance their prospects for employment related to these changes
  • Connect people and organizations with complementary interests
  • Share current information about unique facilities and resources available to innovators seeking to advance a new idea

The Collaborative launches with Spring Seminars

The Health Innovators Collaborative Seminars are free but please RSVP to help us plan.

Tuesdays at 4:30, W.H. Foege Building, UW Campus
Seminars:  Foege Auditorium (S060)
Receptions:  Foege North 1st Floor Lobby

An exciting array of informative and provocative seminars has been designed to bring the community of innovators, corporate and academic, together.  Each seminar will be followed by an informal networking opportunity.

April 1, 2014: “Seismic Changes of Healthcare Necessitate New Approaches to Innovation: A National Perspective”

Oren Lang-Furr, a Partner at Ernst & Young serving EY’s life sciences clients, will draw on his firm’s extensive evaluation of the new realities emerging in medtech, biotech and pharma and the major adjustments innovators need to make.

April 22, 2014: “The Transformation of Healthcare: Forces, Directions and Implications”

Paul Ramsey, MD, CEO of UW Medicine, will discuss the shift of healthcare toward Accountable Care Organizations, the dramatic changes of financial incentives and the consequent implications for innovations.

May 13, 2014: “Demonstrating Value in Health Innovation: Lessons from Comparative Effectiveness Research”

Larry Kessler, ScD, Chair of UW Deptment of Health Services and former Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA, will consider the coming necessity for innovations to demonstrably provide value and how the experience with comparative effectiveness can help innovators gather the needed evidence.

June 3, 2014: “IT can make a big difference in health: Why hasn’t it?”

Peter Neupert, Operating Partner of Health Evolution Partners and former VP of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft will draw on his extensive experience with both institutional and consumer aspects of health IT to consider the enormous potential and serious pitfalls that make this area of innovation so challenging.