Mount Sinai Health System Driving Innovation Forward With Another Successful Open Innovation In Healthcare Pop-Up: New York

The Mount Sinai Health System and SAP Foundry in Hudson Yards, New York partnered with other forward-thinking organizations to host the recent installment of The Open Innovation In Healthcare Pop-Up series on October 1. The Pop-Up is a convener for healthcare executives and innovators to gather and pioneer thoughtful conversations that most likely would not occur otherwise. The theme, women and underserved entrepreneurs, showcased stakeholders from across the health ecosystem working on not only the unmet needs in women’s health but also the ways to improve support for founders’ building solutions to those problems. 

To an audience of over 120 people, Erik Lium, PhD, Executive Vice President, Mount Sinai Innovation Partners, kicked off the day with a warm welcome alongside Deepak Krishnamurthy, Chief of Strategy, SAP. 

“We’re proud to host an event that gathers innovators and thought leaders from diverse fields and backgrounds to initiate catalytic conversations around innovation, and to find ways to collaborate on solutions that will help patients,” said Lium.

The event consisted of five panels about topics including pharma, venture capital, and population health. SAP.iO’s current cohort of diverse startups delivered three-minute pitches and a fireside chat with Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy. Panelists also included several Mount Sinai leaders: 

  • Eimear Kenny, Associate Professor, Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Maria Del Mar Cortes, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Noura Abul-Husn, Senior Faculty, Genomics and Genetic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Lisa Placanica, PhD, Managing Director, Business Development & Licensing, Mount Sinai Innovation Partners
  • Sarah Pesce, Director of Clinical Operations, Lab100, Mount Sinai Health System

The audience came away with more awareness and a deeper understanding of the human capital, but also Mount Sinai Health System’s relentless pursuit of driving healthcare innovation forward.

“In 10 years of attending these events as a woman of color, this is the best event, with the most diversity, I have attended,” shared a young startup founder from the audience.

This event was the first in the Pop-Up series hosted in New York, with previous events hosted in London, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Mount Sinai Health System, in partnership with Ogilvy and humble ventures, looks forward to hosting more programming that fosters the exchange of ideas and innovative ideas that can have a fundamental impact and drive the status quo. 

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