As a founding partner, Michael Sierra, vice president of the LEO Science & Tech Hub, Boston, says this event is about impacting people’s lives. Industry can play a vital role in partnering with public and private institutions to act as a catalyst to transform early-stage innovations and technologies into solutions that can improve quality of life for patients.
“I truly believe that our mission is to help patients, and one way to do that is through innovation. By coming together with these partners and supporting Hacking Dermatology, we are able to give back to the community and help to advance progress in treatment and care. My team and I believe in impacting patients’ lives, and that’s why we participate. I believe so firmly that it’s all about what we can give back,” he says.
The five winning teams will return in early 2020 to pitch the status of their business development, premarket research and protype products. Three teams will walk away with a larger prize to begin development of a product, and in mid- 2020, a final team will be granted a grand prize to build a product and a company.
“This is a very exciting meeting because our mission at Advancing Innovation in Dermatology is really to help build a future where people and organizations come together to help solve the most important problems in dermatology through product innovation. One important part of that, of course, is people and a next-generation of innovators,” says Dr. Ju.
For more information on Hacking Dermatology, visit www.hackingdermatology.com.