April 5, 2020 – We hope that you are and your loved ones are staying healthy and wish you the best as we collectively work to get to the other side of this crisis.
When we assembled as a gathering of innovators in January for the inaugural Mayfield-AWS Health Innovator Summit in what seems like a lifetime ago, we knew that accelerating healthcare innovation was critical to saving lives. The key takeaways of the event are summarized in this newly published eBook.
Over the last month, several leaders from this Innovator network have spearheaded inspiring response efforts on COVID-19. Below is a short summary of some of the initiatives:
- Amy Abernethy @ the FDA worked with the incoming FDA commissioner Dr. Hahn to provide the regulatory flexibility to bring novel COVID-19 diagnostics and therapies to patients ASAP.
- Stéphane Bancel, CEO @ Moderna and Mathai Mammen, Global R&D Head @ J&J/Janssen are leading their respective teams to get COVID-19 vaccines in trials this year.
- Chad Robins, CEO @ Adaptive is leading an effort with Microsoft in immune system profiling of COVID-19 patients and is partnering with Amgen on developing a therapeutic to prevent or treat the virus.
- Trevor Martin, CEO @ Mammoth Biosciences led the effort with Charles Chiu @ UCSF to bring the high sensitivity COVID-19 and the first ever CRISPR diagnostic test to the clinic.
- Stephen Chen, CEO @ Scanwell Health is leading the effort to bring to market an at-home COVID-19 antibody detection test with a telemed consult from Lemonaid Health.
- Jason Springs, CEO @ Endpoint Health is leading the efforts in partnership with Vanderbilt and other leading medical centers for the treatment of severe/critical COVID-19 patients using Endpoint’s software and treatment guidance tests for existing drugs and new drugs in trials.
- Mudit Garg, CEO @ Qventus is leading the efforts to help major hospital systems like New York Presbyterian predict, manage and expand health system capacity for COVID-19.
Our closing speaker James Madara, CEO @ American Medical Association was passionate in his assertion that doctors need to take a more active public role. We are glad that so many doctors have become leaders directing our nation’s response in this crisis and trusted sources for the public.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought unprecedented urgency to the role of healthcare leaders in keeping us safe and healthy. We salute the innovators and healthcare professionals who are working so hard today and deeply appreciate their contribution.