Innovation Engagement Speaker Series


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

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!

The 2020 series kicks off on Thursday, January 23rd and runs every Thursday from 12-1 p.m. until April 9th.  Catch us in 901 Walnut Street in the main lobby. Lunch will be served.

2020 Lineup


January 23, 2020
The spark in SPARK:  Early History

Steve Alshuler, MD
Chair, Board of Directors
Spark Therapeutics

Hejazi & Jones

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


April 9, 2020
From Concept to Prototype

Edmund Pribitkin MD, MBA, FACS
President, Jefferson Medical Group; CMO
Thomas Jefferson University


April 16, 2020
Entrepeneurship & Social Justice:
Opportunities and Responsibilities

Michael Rubin
Executive Chairman, Fanatics; Partner, Philadelphia 76ers; Co-Chair, REFORM Alliance; Philadelphia 76ers, REFORM Alliance

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