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MATTER is a nexus for people who are passionate about healthcare innovation and healthcare transformation. This podcast highlights a broad array of perspectives from the conversations we’ve had with entrepreneurs, change makers and industry thought leaders. Sign up to hear these perspectives live at matter.health/events and follow us on social media at @matterhealth.

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MATTER is a nexus for people who are passionate about healthcare innovation and healthcare transformation. This podcast highlights a broad array of perspectives from the conversations we’ve had with entrepreneurs, change makers and industry thought leaders. Sign up to hear these perspectives live at matter.health/events and follow us on social media at @matterhealth.

    Tales from the Trenches: Dr. Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University

    Tales from the Trenches: Dr. Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University

    Dr. Chad Mirkin is a world-renowned chemist who has taken an entrepreneurial approach to his nanotechnology research. He is the director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann professor of chemistry. He is also a professor of chemical and biological engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering and medicine at Northwestern University. 


    Dr. Mirkin is known for the invention of the spherical nucleic acid and its development in biodetection and therapeutic schemes, which was named by National Geographic as one of the top 100 scientific discoveries that changed the world, among other innovations. He has published over 830 manuscripts and has over 1,200 patents and patent applications, which lends him a unique perspective on healthcare product development. 


    In addition to his academic and research work, Dr. Mirkin has been involved in shaping scientific policy. In 2009, he was appointed to President Barack Obama's President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and served until 2017, allowing his expertise to be impactful globally. 


    On June 21, Dr. Mirkin joined MATTER and Jeff Aronin from Paragon Biosciences to discuss his dynamic career, lessons in nanotechnology and what’s next for his research at Northwestern.

    This Tales from the Trenches™ is produced in partnership with Paragon Biosciences.

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    Creating Healthier Moms and Babies: Improving Access to Care

    Creating Healthier Moms and Babies: Improving Access to Care

    Parkview Health, in collaboration with MATTER, is proud to present the 2022 Healthy Mom and Baby Innovation Competition 3.0. No matter their age, all children are babies to their mothers. This year, Healthy Mom and Baby 3.0 extends its scope into improving the lives of mothers and children through pre-teen. This look at pediatrics, with a lens of increasing equity for mothers and children who have been historically marginalized, will address issues pertaining to access to care for preventive and chronic conditions. 

    On May 11, MATTER had a conversation with Indiana public health officials and Healthy Mom and Baby challenge alumni to discuss the need for improved access to care for underrepresented mothers and children in Indiana and across the world.

    • 54 min
    Tales from the Trenches: Eren Bali, Co-founder and CEO of Carbon Health

    Tales from the Trenches: Eren Bali, Co-founder and CEO of Carbon Health

    Eren Bali is a technology luminary with an entrepreneurial vision and a passion for human rights, chief among those are access to education and healthcare. It’s become his life’s mission to tackle disparities in these sectors, inspiring him to build Udemy and Carbon Health.


    As the co-founder and CEO of Carbon Health, Eren leads the company on its mission to make essential healthcare services more accessible. Leveraging its unique technology platform, Carbon Health provides patients with advanced primary care, designed to meet patients where they are across a variety of access points, including in-person clinics, virtual care and remote patient monitoring (RPM). With more than 100 clinics across the country and a virtual care platform, Carbon Health is transforming modern healthcare.


    Prior to Carbon Health, Eren co-founded Udemy, an online learning platform where over 50 million students learn from over 64,000 instructors teaching 1.85 million courses in over 75 different languages. Aside from recently achieving unicorn status with a valuation north of $2 billion, Udemy has received praise for helping to make education more accessible to the world. With his successes in education, Eren brings a new perspective on debunking the complexities of our healthcare system and paving the way for democratizing healthcare and its accessibility.


    Eren joined MATTER and Dr. Suzet McKinney, DRPH, MPH from Sterling Bay in a discussion about his career, the future of healthcare accessibility and what’s on the horizon for Carbon Health.

    • 57 min
    Transforming Oral Healthcare: Innovating accessible, equitable and integrated solutions

    Transforming Oral Healthcare: Innovating accessible, equitable and integrated solutions

    One in five Americans do not have adequate access to oral healthcare. And for many who do, the cost of care is insurmountable. Dental expenses account for a quarter of all healthcare out-of-pocket spending — that means, in aggregate, patients are personally paying $55 billion annually for dental care. Whether due to a lack of providers, high cost, social barriers or infrastructure challenges, getting to and paying for dental care is difficult for too many people.

    To address the broken oral health system, CareQuest Innovation Partners, in partnership with MATTER, has launched SMILE Health — a program designed to identify and accelerate early-stage startups at the intersection of oral health improvement and health equity advancement. SMILE is an acronym that underscores the innovations the program seeks: Simple, Minimally Invasive, Integrated, Low-barrier and Equitable.

    MATTER and CareQuest Innovation Partners welcomed  former Dean of Harvard School of Dental Medicine Dr. Bruce Donoff and **Executive Director of National Collaborative for Health Equity Dr. Gail Christopher, **for a conversation with Chief Innovation Officer of CareQuest Innovation Partners Mariya Filipova discussing our current oral health system, bridging the gap between oral and overall health, ways to make oral health more accessible and equitable and the launch of SMILE Health.

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    Tales from the Trenches: Don Brown, Founder and CEO of LifeOmic

    Tales from the Trenches: Don Brown, Founder and CEO of LifeOmic

    Don Brown is a serial entrepreneur with a resume that speaks for itself. Throughout his career, Don has founded seven startups and brought three to a successful exit: he sold his first company to General Motors, another to IBM and most recently, sold Interactive Intelligence to Genesys for $1.4 billion in 2016.
    With a career that would satisfy most, Don had a nagging feeling that he wasn’t done yet. A lifelong interest in healthcare, an unused medical degree from 1985 and a recent masters in biotechnology pointed Don to start his most recent venture: LifeOmic. Observing a large gap in the healthcare IT landscape, LifeOmic uses precision medicine to reduce the time it takes for researchers to identify patients’ problems. Investing $20 million of his own life savings to launch the Indianapolis-based company, Don says that building this startup is the most fun he’s ever had, and he doesn’t intend to slow down.
    Don joined MATTER and Elise Singer, MD, MBA from VillageMD to discuss his pivot to healthcare, the critical lessons he’s learned throughout his career and what’s next for LifeOmic.
    Tales from the Trenches™ is sponsored by VillageMD.

    • 56 min
    Numbers Don’t Lie: Harnessing Data to Improve Health Equity

    Numbers Don’t Lie: Harnessing Data to Improve Health Equity

    To close the gaps within health equity we must consciously design and develop technologies to be inclusive, and that begins with the data. You can’t fix what you can’t measure. Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine recently launched the Health Equity Tracker, a data visualization tool that displays the scale of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations across race, ethnicity, sex and age — from a whole-country view down to the county level — all with the goal of making their data accessible, digestible and beneficial to everyone.

    Satcher Health Leadership Institute Chief of Staff Nelson Dunlap joined Millennial Beacon's Dr. Vietta Johnson to discuss the genesis of the Health Equity Tracker and explored these questions and more: How do you leverage data and research to advance innovation? How do you design technology to be inclusive? How can entrepreneurs leverage data to ensure their solutions aren’t repeating history and leaving behind groups that have been historically marginalized? How can innovators customize solutions to address gaps in access?

    This program is supported by Pandora and SXM Media.

    • 52 min

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