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Digital Health and Wearables: Enabling the Future of Medicine – Join us for a Panel Discussion, Startup Exhibits and Networking Reception

October 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


OHSU and Catalyze are partnering to bring together Portland experts and entrepreneurs to share their perspectives about how digital health and wearables promise to transform the future of health, wellness and the practice of medicine.

Join us on Tuesday, October 22, at the Knight Cancer Research Building to hear from a panel of experts who will explore the opportunities and challenges in enabling technologies including sensors and wearables, data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, materials, design, user experience, clinical, IP perspectives and much more.

Learn first-hand about the innovation happening in the Pacific Northwest in our exhibit space where entrepreneurs in the digital health and wearables startup space will share their prototypes and products.

There is no charge to attend but we will have limited seating and exhibit space for startups so don’t wait to register! We look forward to seeing you on October 22!


5:00 – 5:30 pm – Networking/Meet Startups

5:30 – 7:00 pm – Panel Discussion/Q&A

7:00 – 8:00 pm – Networking Reception/Connect with Startups


Leah Noble Davidson – CEO of Because Human, Experience Strategy

Leah Noble Davidson is the President of Because Human Inc., an experience research and strategy firm in Portland, Oregon. With 10+ years’ experience in design thinking, Leah pulls from her background of design fields and behavioral and cognitive constructs to map solutions to wicked problems and drive epic change. As an experience-based design researcher, strategist, and experience designer, she’s driven innovation, translated insights spanning a variety of industries, and galvanized teams for Xbox, Microsoft, Intel, Mercy Corps, Cisco, Leatherman, Toyota, Jive, Puppet Labs, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Melinda Gates, and HP. Leah received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Design Research, from the Art Institute of Portland.

William Hersh, MD – Professor and Chair of Biomedical Informatics at OSHU

William Hersh, MD, FACMI, FAMIA, FACP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research and has been at OHSU since 1990. He serves as Director of OHSU’s Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, which includes two master’s degrees (research and professional), a PhD degree, and Graduate Certificate. Dr. Hersh is also highly accomplished in informatics research, where he has published over 200 scientific papers as well as two books, with his research focused on information retrieval and the evaluation of informatics technologies. He obtained his B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984.

Frank Ille – CEO of HealthSaaS and President of the Health Technology Collaborative

Frank Ille has a diverse background of innovative industry experience that spans twenty years including co-founding three startups and senior positions with Microsoft and Oracle. His healthcare technology expertise includes IoT, SaaS, analytics, big data, connected devices, and wearables. Frank’s experience in technology, strategic alliances, health IT, and business are helping to define a new paradigm for managing personal health information and many leading healthcare providers are adopting HealthSaaS technologies. He will continue to be the leading visionary at HealthSaaS as they continue to create new solutions designed to improve outcomes, efficiencies and lower costs for all.

Janina Malone – Senior Counsel at McCoy Russell, Intellectual Property

Janina Malone joined McCoy Russell LLP in 2017 as a Senior Counsel. For almost 20 years she has helped start-ups, universities, and Fortune 500 companies identify and protect their intellectual property. Her patent preparation and prosecution experience includes biotechnology, chemistry, medical devices, mechanical devices, machine learning, data analytics, and digital health. Janina received her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and her Masters in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. Janina is active in the local start-up community and currently serves as a Biomentor for the Oregon Bioscience Incubator and has also participated in multiple events for the Oregon Bioscience Association.

Dorota Shortell – CEO of Simplexity, Product Development

Dorota Shortell is the CEO of Simplexity Product Development, an engineering design firm specializing in the design of hardware such as IoT devices, wearables, smart products, 3D printers, medical devices, and diagnostic instruments. With four west-coast offices, Simplexity has been chosen by some of the world’s most advanced technology companies as their engineering development partner, including HP, Microsoft, and Illumina. Dorota is a US patent holder and has 20 years of new product development experience. She graduated top of her class from Loyola Marymount University and earned her master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. In 2017 she was selected as one of the twelve Executives to Watch by the Portland Business Journal.


October 22, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


OHSU Knight Center Research Building
2720 SW Moody Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201
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