Healthcare technology entrepreneurs gathered at RISD last Thursday for For the Love of Entrepreneurship, an event organized by the Rhode Island networking cooperative MedMates. During a series of high-speed product presentations, participants previewed an incredible range of inventions in various stages of development. Designs in the works address such wide-ranging medical concerns as nerve damage, brain injury, implant rejection, smoking, diabetes and cancer. A panel of business leaders also shared their experiences with startups, responding to the prevailing question of the day: “How do I get someone like you to invest in someone like me?”
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Patti Phillips (above) welcomed participants and noted that health and wellness is a growing area of interest among RISD students and faculty. Alumnus Stephen Lane 85 ID (below) – co-founder of Ximedica, a leader in Rhode Island’s growing medical technology industry – praised RISD’s increasingly cross-disciplinary philosophy and credited “the power of blurry lines” for propelling innovation.