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Babson Hosts HUBweek Forum For Global Health Innovation

Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®: A Catalyst for Change in Global Health is an entrepreneurial innovator showcase taking place Thursday, September 29 during HUBweek that highlights challenges, barriers, and solutions to accessing and providing safe, equitable healthcare delivery in low and middle income countries.

The 8 a.m. event at the Babson Boston 100 High Street Campus features talks from experts from organizations such as Harvard Medical School-Program for Global Surgery and Social Change, and the MGH-Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies.



Featured changemakers include:

Wiljeana Glover, Faculty Director of the Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship, Babson College

Dean Ian Lapp, Undergraduate School, Babson College

Dr. Mack Cheney, Executive Director, Kletjian Foundation – Global Health’s Need for Collaborative Networks.

Dr. Saurabh Saluja, Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow in the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School – Global Surgery 2030

Mr. Geoff Goodman, Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets at Wells Fargo Securities – Venture Capital Partnerships in Early State Healthcare & Life Science Startup Ups.

Ms. Elizabeth Bailey, Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Affordable Medical Technologies – Hack-A-Thon Approach

The event will also feature a Pop-Up Scramble: Global healthcare entrepreneurs will pitch business challenges to the audience.  Then the audience will divide into teams for rapid brainstorming on possible solutions, particularly what their next step should be.  Audience teams will then pitch ideas back to the entrepreneur and a panel of experts.

The innovative event is made possible by the generous presenting sponsorship of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

“We are proud to contribute to this conversation, where global health care experts can share ideas and come together to innovate for the future,” said Rebecca Stevenson, Vice President, Life Sciences, National Healthcare Group, Wells Fargo Corporate Banking.

Wells Fargo & Company

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship is to create opportunities for Babson faculty and students, and the greater global health community, to apply Babson’s ET&A methodology to the world’s greatest healthcare challenges.

Many of today’s global health challenges are managerial, not medical.  Due to significant advances in modern medicine during the 20th century (from penicillin to flu vaccines to antiretroviral therapy), we now know how to treat and/or prevent the diseases that top morality charts worldwide.  As a result of these medical breakthroughs, the question for those working on global health shifts from “How do we treat this disease?” to “How do we ensure access to quality healthcare?”  The barriers to delivering quality care are many, and they require us to think not just about one specific disease but rather about health systems overall.   Entrepreneurial thought and strategic action help us re-envision the global health agenda and think differently about the paths to poverty alleviation.

We define Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship as a field of study and practice that aims to (1) Improve Existing Healthcare Organizations & Processes, (2) Create new Organizations and Processes, (3) Improve How organizations Keep All Stakeholders Healthy, with a focus on healthcare practices in the U.S. and abroad.  This definition of GHE utilizes strategic, cultural, and political lenses to meet these aims.

Housed within the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation at Babson, we are supported by the Kletjian Foundation whose mission is to build collaborative networks and support entrepreneurial leaders that promote global health equity.