Duke’s inaugural Health Innovation Jam, held on September 15th, was an opportunity for researchers to pitch their clinical products and business ideas to some of the most important leaders within the Duke University Health System. Drs. Ji and Gadsden were two of just ten researchers selected to pitch their innovative and conceptualized ideas to the esteemed panel of investors, including Drs. Sol Aronson, Mark Newman and Joseph Mathew.
Dr. Ji’s pitch was titled “Treating Chronic Pain with Stem Cells.” He walked away with a potential joint investment between Anesthesiology and Neurosurgery. Dr. Gadsden’s pitch was titled “Contextual Individualized Medical Learning Platform.” There is no investment yet but Ben Alman, the chairman of Orthopedic Surgery, is interested in working with the team more. But they weren’t the only doctors who walked away winners – the audience selected Dr. Sol Aronson as runner-up for “Which investor should be a shark on the show ‘Shark Tank!’”
The event was hosted by the Duke Institute for Health Innovation. It was sponsored by Duke Anesthesiology, Duke Department of Medicine, Duke University Hospital, Duke Heart Center, Duke Neurosurgery, Duke Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke Surgery, and Private Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC.