Programs & Events

Innovation Engagement Speaker Series

Special Notice

Thomas Jefferson University values the health of our visitors, patients, staff, faculty and guests highest of all.

Therefore, we feel it is in the best interests of all parties and the extended community to cancel the balance of the 2020 season of the Innovation Engagement Speaker Series.  This includes the sessions that were scheduled for March 26th, April 9th, and April 16th.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you for our future speaker series.

Be well,
Jefferson Innovation Pillar Program Team

Innovation Engagement Speaker Series

The Innovation Engagement Speaker Series at Jefferson is aimed at uncovering several aspects of innovation as it is developing at Jefferson and beyond. The focus includes local, regional and national perspectives, with topics ranging from start-up challenges, innovation across healthcare, venture capital, and prototype generation. The series  exposes participants to opportunities that are emerging in their respective areas. Whether a clinician, researcher, nascent inventor, entrepreneur or just a curious mind, attendees will walk away with something of value.

2020 Lineup

January 23, 2020
The Spark in SPARK:  Early History

Steve Alshuler MD
Chair, Board of Directors
Spark Therapeutics

January 30, 2020
Angel Seed & Venture Capital: A 2020 Snapshot

Sharam Hejazi PHD and Rick Jones MD, MBA
Partners, BioAdvance

February 6, 2020
Lights, Camera, Action:
Filming in Philly

Sharon Pinkenson
Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Film Office

February 13, 2020
Barista to a Billion -
My Journey and What I've Learned so Far

Todd Carmichael
CEO and Co-Founder
La Colombe Coffee Roasters

February 20, 2020
Innovation and Business Development

Hope D'Oyley-Gay, JD
General Counsel and Vice President of Administration
Spirovant Sciences, Inc.

February 27, 2020
So you want to do a start up?
Legal Considerations

Karen Keating Mara, Esq.
Managing Member
Keating Mara & Associates

March 19, 2020
Building the Bioprocessing Foundation for
Advanced Therapies at Jefferson

Parviz Shamlou
Executive Director
Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing

March 26, 2020
Innovating End-of-Life Care

Jessica Son MD, MBA
Director, Physician Services

Recordings & Archive

Did you miss a session? Want to re-watch your favorite speaker? Sessions from 2017 and 2016 are available on the Jefferson Innovation YouTube channel.


Photos from all of our events are posted to our Innovation Engagement Flickr page.

Follow on Twitter: @JeffInnovation