Global Health and Diagnostics

in Health Sector, HSMP
November 15th, 2011

A Talk Sponsored by the Health Sector Management Program

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L to R: Dr. Una Ryan, Vinit Nijhawan, Dr. Maggie Huff-Rousselle, Joel Lamstein

On Thursday, November 10th, 2011, the Health Sector Management Program sponsored an event providing students the opportunity to learn about leadership in the field of low cost diagnostics. This area of global health has important implications for new and innovative business models, particularly as medical providers seek to extend care to the “bottom of the pyramid” and improve access to public health services.

Dr. Una Ryan, President and CEO of the Cambridge-based non-profit enterprise Diagnostics for All, was featured speaker.  She discussed her organization’s dedication to creating low-cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care diagnostics specifically designed for the 60% of the developing world that lives beyond the reach of medical access.

Dr. Maggie Huff-Rousselle, Executive-in-Residence at Boston University, moderated the event, along with two responders who addressed the feasibility and possibilities of Dr. Ryan’s diagnostic devices and led a discussion after her talk:

  • Vinit Nijhawan, Managing Director, Boston University Office of Technology Development; Director, Enterprise Programs, Boston University Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
  • Joel Lamstein, Founder and President, John Snow, Inc., an international public health consulting firm

The event was attended by more than 35 students and faculty from Boston University School of Management, School of Public Health, and the School of Engineering’s Biomedical Engineering Program, as well as students from Harvard Business School.