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!

Bookmark this link to watch the Spring Innovation Engagement Speaker Series as event takes place

The 2019 series kicks off on Thursday, January 26th and runs every Thursday from 12-1 p.m. until April 11th.  Catch us in 901 Walnut Street in the main lobby. Lunch will be served.

2019 Lineup


January 24, 2019
Venture Philanthropy: A Funding Methodology to Cure Alzheimer’s

Tim Armour
President and CEO, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund


January 31, 2019
I Didn’t Know I Could Protect That”:
Leveraging Intellectual Property Beyond Utility Patents

Brian Landry
Partner and Vice-Chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Saul Ewing


February 7, 2019
Trends in Startup Clusters from Around the World

Chris Wink
Cofounder, CEO and Publisher,

Bon Ku

February 14, 2019
Shaping the Future of Health Care through Better Design

Bon Ku, MD
Assistant Dean, Health and Design, Associate Professor SKMC,
Founder/Director of JeffDesign, Jefferson Health Design Lab
Thomas Jefferson University

Sackier and Deschamps

February 21, 2019
Building Bridges from Tongue to Brain:
Pons Varolii and PoNS™ Treatment

Jonathan Sackier
CMO, Helius Medical Technologies

Phil Deschamps
President and CEO, Helius Medical Technologies


March 7, 2019
Intellectual Property – The New Global Currency

Osagie Imasogie
Senior Managing Partner and Founder, PIPV Capital


March 21, 2019
How to Successfully Innovate:
Creating Breakthrough Collaborative Interactions

Les Sztandera, PhD
Professor, Computational Intelligence
Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce
Thomas Jefferson University


March 28, 2019
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health – Advancing Breakthrough Biomedical Discoveries: Who We Are, How We Do It

Maria Freire, PhD
President and Executive Director
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health


April 4, 2019
Seeing Into the Future: Innovation in Ophthalmology:
Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

Julia Haller, MD
Wills Eye Hospital

Barbara Schilberg

April 11, 2019
Angel Seed and Venture Capital: A 2019 Snapshot

Barbara Schilberg
Managing Director and CEO

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