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Join Us for a panel discussion on the Emerging Growth of Open Source Solutions - Its Impact on Medical Device Development and DIY Medical Devices

When: Thursday May 14, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: Online Forum
United States
Contact: Bill Munger

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Identifying Unmet Needs
The Rise of Open Source and DIY Medical Devices

 Thursday, May 14 Virtual Forum: 6:00 to 7:30 PM   


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Join Us for a panel discussion on the
Emerging Growth of Open Source Solutions:
Its Impact on Medical Device Development
and DIY Medical Devices

Patients are increasingly becoming healthcare innovators, responding to unmet needs and increasing access to sophisticated low-cost technology.

We will explore the drivers behind this movement and what it tells us about unmet needs.

We will also seek to understand the benefits to the medical device industry in the form of free R&D and its amplifying effect on in-house development efforts.

Research shows that patient innovator driven medical-device development is taking place on a massive scale in the US and other developed nations with advanced healthcare systems. What is causing so many patients to expose themselves to the potential risk of unregulated medical devices?

We will explore one of the more fascinating examples: the OpenAPS movement. OpenAPS is a group of patient innovators who use continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps, and Raspberry Pi microcontrollers to construct an artificial pancreas to reduce the burden of Type 1 diabetes.

We will also explore the impacts of patient-driven innovation and the broader free innovation movement, both on the economy and on R&D in the commercial medical device development space.

A key question is how can the Medical Technology community better learn from and foster patient-driven innovation for Unmet Needs?

Professor Eric von Hippel studies the nature and impact of open and distributed innovation. He’ll discuss some of the more interesting examples his research has uncovered and its impact on more traditional forms of research and development.
Kayley Wolf Raskin is a member of the OpenAPS movement. She’ll share a bit of her journey and what led her to seek a solution to help manage Type 1 diabetes outside of what we think of as normal healthcare channels.
Brian Geisel is an expert in medical device software. He’ll discuss what choosing to explore a commercial pathway for patient innovators entails.
Who Should Attend:
  • Innovative Entrepreneurs looking for an unmet need
  • Healthcare professionals - what drives patients to assume the risk of unregulated medical devices
  • Patients with an unmet need who want to understand patient innovation
  • Med-tech entrepreneurs exploring how patient-driven innovation can amplify their own R&D
Bios of Our Distinguished Panel 

Eric von Hippel, PhD

T Wilson Professor of Innovation Management, MIT Sloan School of Management.
Eric von Hippel is known for his research into the sources of and economics of innovation. He has written three books on these topics, and also has published many articles in innovation management, ranging from the theoretical to the very practical. He is the recipient of four honorary doctorates, and numerous other honors and academic prizes, such as the Humboldt Foundation Research Prize (2013), and the EU “Innovation Luminary” Award in 2015. Digital copies of all his books and articles can be downloaded for free online from his MIT website at

Kayley Wolf Raskin, MPH
Senior Human Factors Engineer, Amgen
Having lived with type 1 diabetes for 26 years, Kayley has experienced an evolution of diabetes technology and currently uses opensource artificial pancreas technology (OpenAPS, Loop). She is an advocate of open-source automated insulin delivery and is an active member of the diabetes community, including work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Riding on Insulin, the Chris Dudley Foundation, and Pilots with Diabetes. She earned her MPH in Health Management at Harvard University in 2019, where she focused on public health while working with Deloitte on biotech strategy.

Brian Geisel
CEO, Geisel Software
Geisel Software, a rapidly growing software development company focused on medical devices and robotics. Through his work with some of the world’s most innovative healthcare, robotics and security companies, Brian has quietly influenced the design decisions in many of the devices hitting the market today. Brian shares his deep technical expertise and passion for innovation as a frequent public speaker. He has presented at MedInnovations, IoT Evolution Expo, Robotics Healthcare Engineering Forum, Symposium on Securing the IoT, and numerous other conferences. Brian is also a frequent source for media outlets such as The BBC, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Business and others.

Aaron Cohen
Senior Customer Success Manager
Definitive Healthcare
Joe Berkowitz
Director of Sales
SelecTech, Inc.

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