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Life Sciences SIG
3rd Monday of the Month
, unless there's a holiday, which happens a lot this year! We start food, networking and registration at 5:30p with program proceedings about 6:15p.  $25 early bird (until one week before the program at 5pm) /$35 after. Includes food. Members of this SIG are admitted free. Walk-ins welcome.

SIG SPONSORS:  Medpresso        Colliers supporters of TechSandBox Life Sciences SIG    Optimum Technologies supporter of TechSandBox

Our life sciences special interest group includes medical devices, cell biology, pharmaceutical development and medical records.

April 30: Special Program Combining Life Sciences and SW/ IoT in One Program

26 Miles, 385 Yards - Boston Marathon!  The Mobile Tech Behind the Event & Runners (registration link): What can we learn from the mobile technology behind managing the medical issues of thousands of runners? What role did technology play in the bombing event in 2013 and the medical attention given to the victims?

What impact did the extra runners in 2014 play on planning? What about the effect of heat on the runners in 2012? How does the bar code on the runners’ bibs work for tracking? How are family members notified?

And how will the technology of the future impact the health of marathon runners and ordinary weekend warriors? “As design harnesses digital, materials and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon. Proactive, lifestyle design. Tracking real-time health data. Non-invasive tools. Custom "just for you" treatments based on your actual genome. These are all real technologies, being used by ordinary people.”

  • Rob Osgood, Emergency Management Director, Tufts Medical Center, and TEDxBoston speaker
  • Gary McNamee, a lifelong Boston resident, avid runner and serial entrepreneur, founder of Outside Interactive
  • Juhan Sonin is the Creative Director of Involution Studios Boston

Special Guest: Outside Interactive will showcase Virtual Runner, revolutionary patent-pending forward motion technology solutions featuring famous race courses.

Outside Interactive Marathon    Rob Osgood   Juhan Sonin


Rob Osgood is the Emergency Management Director of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Since 2010, he has been solely responsible for the design and development of the hospital’s Emergency Management Programming. Rob chairs and serves on a number of preparedness coalitions at the municipal and state levels and is called up routinely to consult on hospital preparedness.Rob Osgood, a TEDxBoston speaker, will explain how the hospital closest to the finish line (Tufts) plans months ahead with the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) to use protocols for incident management, how the web-based WebEOC emergency management technology triages patients and how a command post /MASH unit works to handle emergency medical incidents for the Boston Marathon and other special events in the city.

Juhan Sonin is the Creative Director of Involution Studios Boston. Since 2008, Juhan has been lecturing at MIT on design and rapid prototyping. His extensive human-computer interaction (HCI) expertise led to numerous award-winning, on-the-shelf products and applications. He has held positions at Apple, NCSA, MIT, MITRE and several startups.

Juhan will give us a sneak peek in to the future of health. “We are headed to "stage zero" detection and treatment which has the potential to double or better the lifespan of every first-world citizen. The power of the data and tools is impressive. The implications are daunting to the same degree. Designers and engineers will need to deliver products that are functional and invisible, but also make designs that are inviting not intimidating, reassuring and not anxiety-producing. We want to improve humanity, not put it under house arrest.”


May 18, 2015Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)  (click ro register)

In this panel and case presentation, we will explain the fee for service to value based service continuum, and where the challenges, and, therefore, opportunities, lie.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are impacting the care experience, cost, and population health (“Triple Aim”) today and creating the momentum for providers to organize and act differently!

There are currently over 625 ACOs in the U.S. covering over 20 million lives. Massachusetts was an early adopter with Medicare’s Pioneer ACOs and commercial ACOs but we still have a way to go with this revolution in healthcare. 

Let’s talk about how it all started, where we are now, reimbursement methodology, program mechanics, and the state of implementation……

We cover driving forces, the terminology and the players.

Fireside Chat after Presentation

  • Michael Fahey, Darwin Ecosystem
  • Charles O’Neill, CEO, SemantX, Case Presenter
  • Janice McCallum, Managing Director, Health Content Advisors and Moderator


Michael Fahey      Charley O'Neill     Janice McCallum, Health Content Advisors   

Michael Fahey is VP of Healthcare Solutions for Darwin Ecosystems LLC where he is focused on the discovery and visualization of meaning and changes in patterns from unstructured healthcare information.  Michael has previously consulted with healthcare companies using EHR’s, neural networks, cloud, analytics, Big Data, and is former President and Founder of InfoBionic, a cloud based arrhythmia detection service, and former Acting CEO of Sensi, a cloud based neural network for stethoscope auscultation.  He holds 5 issued and 2 pending patents on acquiring, transmitting, processing, and displaying physiologic data in IoT and cloud environments. Previous to InfoBionic he led cloud and file sales for Hitachi Data Systems in the Americas and held sales, product management, and engineering positions in large companies such as EMC and NetApp and in successful startups including Archivas and Acopia.  He has an MBA from Northeastern and a BSEE with Math Minor from UMass Lowell.

Janice McCallum is Managing Director of Health Content Advisors, a consulting firm that advises companies on business models for creating, sharing and commercializing healthcare data.

She’s also a well-known healthcare industry analyst whose blog and tweets (@janicemccallum) cover topics related to integrating and analyzing data from all healthcare stakeholder groups. She is a member of HIMSS, Society for Participatory Medicine (S4PM), the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), and Boston Women in Information Network. 

Janice has an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Economics from Simmons College. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery/Striatus Orthopaedic Communications.

Charley O'Neill is the Founder and CEO of SemantX. He has held VP and Board positions with companies such as deNovis and Rogue Wave Software. He holds a BA in Economics from Holy Cross College.

With an 'assist' from Pat Rioux.

Committee: Kryngle Daly, Patti Durr, Andrew HalpertKartik Shah, Jerry Shapiro, Jeff Tingle.  Committee Co-Chairs,  Kryngle Daly,  Jerry Shapiro

    Medical Devices, to Biotech, to Pharma and Cell Biology, to eMR, imaging, medical robotics, 510K, FDA   Kryngle Daly, Founder and CEO, KBioBox at TechSandBox  Jerrold Shapiro, PhD FemMedical    Jeff Tingle, at the intersection of healthcare and mobile  Kartik Shah  Patti Durr, Tri-Star Design  Andrew Halpert         Past Programs                  



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