Changing the Paradigm of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes for Underserved Populations
Speaker: Prof. Chris Finberg, Texas A&M
Short Bio: Mr. Chris Finberg is the Innovation Director for the National Science Foundation sponsored Engineering Research Center called PATHS-UP (Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations) The Center is a collaborative effort with Texas A & M, UCLA, Rice, and Florida International Universities. The goal is to create new & innovative technologies and health systems for point-of-care use to address Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in the underserved populations. The Center is taking a development approach quite unconventional to academia by engaging with stakeholders from all sectors – investors, healthcare providers, physicians, patients, communities, and industry- throughout the R&D process. Mr. Finberg is originally from the Minneapolis area where he received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. He spent his entire career in industry with the last decade working in the medical device industry with contract manufacturing companies. Specifically with Class III long term implantable devices for Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM’s) and Neuromodulation. Working with companies like Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Abbott/St. Jude, Biotronik, LivaNova and others. Today Mr. Finberg’s role is to create an Innovation Ecosystem to insure the technologies created and developed at the Center continue on to scalability and commercialization. That is being done by fostering entrepreneurship with students and faculty, working with start-up companies, building an Industry Consortium where large, medium, and small companies across the entire value chain, and build on those relationships to further innovation – with the ultimate goal of helping those underserved populations have a healthier life.