Get Started Medical

We invite you to join us for an interactive forum & pitch competition that will bring together some of the best and brightest minds from around the country. This shark tank style event, the 4th annual Get Started Medical pitch will feature the country’s hottest business ideas in the medical industry, and you can be a part of the excitement!

Watch 6 finalists pitch their healthcare innovations and compete for a
$30,000 Cash Prize

When:
November 4, 2021

Time:
TBA

Location:
Acadiana Center for the Arts

This virtual event is FREE to attend, but you must register for access.

2020 Judges

Trivia Frazier-Wiltz, PhD, MBA

Trivia Frazier-Wiltz, PhD, MBA

Obatala Sciences Inc, President and CEO

Dr. Trivia Frazier-Wiltz is a native of New Orleans and an experienced Adult Stem Cell Researcher and Biotech Business Professional with 15+ years of experience in basic science research, and management. She holds bachelors’ degrees in Physics and Biomedical Engineering, an MBA with a concentration in Finance, and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Frazier completed her postdoctoral work at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Tulane Center for Stem Research and Regenerative Medicine. She has trained and collaborated with national and international key opinion leaders, attended and presented at international conferences, and worked with clinicians within the areas of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Breast and Bone Oncology, Obesity, Stem Cell Transplantation, and Diabetes.

Dr. Frazier-Wiltz is accustomed to breaking barriers and setting precedent. In 2008 she became the first African American student to successfully complete the 3-2 dual degree program between Dillard and Tulane Universities, while graduating with magna cum laude honors in Physics and completing a master’s level honor’s thesis in Biomedical Engineering. She previously held tenure-track faculty appointments at Delgado and Dillard Universities, and helped to pilot the first bachelor’s concentration in Medical Physics while serving as the Physics Program Chair at Dillard. She is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Obatala Sciences, Inc, a biotechnology firm focused on promoting diversity in research and representation of multiple demographics, including underrepresented groups in more appropriate human tissue models for improved drug development.

Dr. Frazier-Wiltz was recently recognized as a member of gambit’s 40 under 40 class of 2018, Dillard University’s 40 under 40 class of 2019, and awarded a Woman of Distinction award, along with other notable trailblazers including the first female Mayor of New Orleans, the Honorable Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and the legendary Mrs. Leah Chase. Dr. Frazier-Wiltz currently serves as an Advisory Board member for Reopening New Orleans during the Covid-19 pandemic recovery and is a Co-Chairperson for the Public Health Working Group for the City of New Orleans. Dr. Frazier-Wiltz is also a wife and mother of three intelligent, handsome boys. She is dedicated to growing her firm in the City of New Orleans and contributing to the budding biotechnology ecosystem here, by lifting up the next generation of local talent.

Lawrence Simon, MD

Lawrence Simon, MD

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Regional Medical Director

Dr. Larry Simon is a Regional Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA), a Rotarian, and an animal rescuer. He is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and Rady Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship in San Diego, CA. Dr. Simon is the Medical Director for both the Medical Coding Unit and Medicare Advantage at BCBSLA, where he also helps with numerous Community Outreach, Quality, and Cost Containment initiatives. He currently represents the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association on the AMA CPT Editorial Panel, serving on the Executive Committee of the Panel. He also serves on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Payment Integrity Task Force and assists the Medical Policy Panel with analysis of Otolaryngology medical policies and coding education in general.
Aimee Quirk

Aimee Quirk

innovationOchsner CEO

Aimee Quirk is the CEO of innovationOchsner (iO), an innovation company founded by Ochsner Health in 2015 to reimagine and revolutionize the delivery and experience of healthcare and health, with a focus on digital health, advanced analytics and personalized medicine. iO has developed several award-winning programs, including Ochsner Digital Medicine, Connected MOM and Optimal Hospital. It has also developed several innovative partnerships and launched new tools including multiple AI predictive models for clinical and operations applications and population genomics. Aimee joined iO in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience in law, economic development and public affairs. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor for Economic Development for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu from 2010 to 2014. Prior to her public service, she was a partner at Jones Walker, where she practiced corporate and business litigation.
Bryan Arkwright

Bryan Arkwright

SCP Health, Vice President of Innovation

Bryan Arkwright is the Vice President of Innovation for SCP Health, as well as Adjunct Faculty with the Wake Forest University School of Law where he teaches two courses on Telehealth and Digital Health, and serves on the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed digital journal, Telehealth and Medicine Today. He is an experienced Startup-up Advisor for early stage healthcare companies and was a Telehealth Coach and Advisor for Google Helpouts. Bryan has seen success as a Telehealth Grant Writer and Project Lead with over $3,000,000 in awards since 2013 and consistently leads large and complex projects at the enterprise/corporate level.
Josh Sommer

Josh Sommer

Cox Communications, Vice President of New Growth

Joshua Sommer is the Vice President of New Growth for Cox Communications. He leads strategy, business incubation, and investments: The New Growth division pursues innovative and disruptive business concepts and technology to spur new revenue streams. He is a passionate intrapreneur that disrupts the status quo. Sommer believes in innovation and the advancements it can bring to humanity. In his rapidly shifting career path, Sommer has worked across the entire high-tech ecosystem: components, products, provider, and professional services companies.

Sommer entered telecommunications with Qualcomm and Kyocera, where he focused on product strategy for companies such as Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, and Vodafone. Throughout his career, he has launched more than 200 consumer products. He joined Cox Communications in 2008 as part of the team preparing to launch a nationwide wireless service.

Following his first stint at Cox, Sommer joined Accenture to assist with a joint venture between Comcast and Verizon Wireless to develop innovative converged solutions. This became the foundation for the evolved Xfinity suite of products.

Sommer returned to Cox Communications in 2015 to lead strategic products and partnerships and helped formulate the Comcast relationship that leveraged the company’s additional product development resources for faster development cycles and more compelling experiences for Cox customers.

While earning his degree at San Diego State University (SDSU), Sommer played football as a middle linebacker. He also was a founding father of the Phi Kappa Theta chapter there and served two terms as chapter president.

Sommer is a highly involved mentor for STEM Atlanta Women and Atlanta’s TechStars, as well as many other startup programs around the nation.

2020 Trailblazer Panel

Cian Robinson

Cian Robinson

McLeod Health Executive Vice President of Innovation

Cian Robinson is the EVP of Innovation for McLeod Health. Prior to taking on this role, Cian served in multiple roles throughout the Lafayette General Health System. Starting in August of 2014 as Lafayette General Foundation’s (LGF) Director of Development and Operations he was then promoted in November of 2014 to the position of Executive Director of the Foundation. In 2018, he transitioned to the position of Executive Director of Innovation, Research and Real Estate Investments for Lafayette General Health System. In addition to his work at LGF, Cian is also an adjunct instructor at the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Prior to LGF, Cian was a Director of two computer science based research centers within the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Research Department (Center for Business and Information Technology and Center for Visual and Decision Informatics) as well as a decades long entrepreneur in the information technology and management consulting fields (Robinson Ventures, LLC).

In 1991, Cian obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA). In 1994, he was awarded his Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration (finance concentration) from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College (Pittsburgh, PA). Cian is currently pursuing his doctorate in Leadership from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurial and community work with several awards including: Silicon Bayou 100 (2017, 2018, 2019); Leadership Louisiana (2017), LEAD Virginia (Class of 2008), Amherst N.Y. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Champion Award (2006), Western New York’s 40 Under 40 Award (2005), Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council’s Pathfinder Award (2004), National Science Foundation’s Entrepreneur Next Wave Award (2003), as well as Leadership Buffalo’s Class of 2000.

He and his wife Dr. Natalie Harder reside in Hartsville, South Carolina and have two children, Tucker and Rory.

Benjamin Swig

Benjamin Swig

Healthcare Innovation & Strategy Senior Advisor Acadian Companies

Benjamin Swig is a Healthcare Innovation and Strategy Senior Advisor at Acadian Companies, and co-founder of Ready Responders, a mobile urgent care provider bringing healthcare into the home. Benjamin has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare, population health and public health. He was the former Acting Director of Training for the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and has served in multiple public service roles. Benjamin obtained his Masters in Public Health and Business Administration from Tulane University and continues as a guest lecturer and mentor to Tulane Students and early stage startups.

Joe Spell

Joe Spell

Tides Medical CEO

Joe Spell is a serial entrepreneur who founded one of the largest independent spinal implant distributorships in the Gulf Coast region, as well as three other successful niche medical device companies. Mr. Spell was co-founder of LumTech Solutions, a hospital sterilization company that was sold in 2011 to Sanitas Inc. His biotechnology companies have introduced a number of emerging technologies to the Gulf Coast region, as well as to the Department of Veterans Affairs. He co-founded Tides Medical in 2009. Mr. Spell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Bruce D. Greenstein

Bruce D. Greenstein

LHC Group EVP, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

Bruce joined LHC Group in 2018. As chief strategy and innovation officer, he leads the company’s value-based contracting, ACO management company, and alternative payment and delivery model strategies. He also oversees the company’s operations for technology and for the innovations business segments, as well as LHC Group’s healthcare vision initiatives. Mr. Greenstein previously served as chief technology officer (CTO) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C. He has an extensive healthcare industry background in both government and the private sector, having served as president-west for New York-based Quartet Health, CEO of Blend Health Insights, and as managing director of Worldwide Health for Microsoft. Mr. Greenstein was a cabinet member in Louisiana, serving as secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. He also previously ran Medicaid-managed care and waivers and demonstrations at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

2020 Pitchers

DynamiCare Health

DynamiCare Health

Boston, MA

The DynamiCare digital care program reinforces a person’s recovery from addiction by offering easy to use technology, including random breath and saliva tests confirmed by selfie video, verified treatment attendance check-ins, supportive recovery coaching, and rewards for healthy progress with money deposited on a smart debit card that blocks cash withdrawals and spending at bars and liquor stores.
MedCrypt

MedCrypt

Solana Beach, CA

MedCrypt brings cybersecurity features to medical devices—from pacemakers to surgical robots—in a few lines of code. The FDA expectation to “bake in” security into connected devices, means the best solution is one that proactively secures devices. Build secure devices quickly and reliably with MedCrypt.
DOCPACE

DOCPACE

Metairie, LA

DOCPACE is the ultimate pre-op and pre-appt management solution for healthcare professionals. The DOCPACE product helps medical staff streamline the process – increasing case & appointment volume, improving patient satisfaction, boosting efficiency, and decreasing cancellations. DOCPACE is revolutionizing the pre-appt and pre-op journey for patients through communication.

Brightlamp

Brightlamp

Indianapolis, IN

Brightlamp is solving the $17B brain injury and recovery problem with its B2B SaaS 5-second eye testing platform, Reflex, made for iPhones and iPads. Our team, with nearly 50 years combined experience in medical sales and development has raised $750,000 to date and is growing at a 20% average monthly growth rate.
OR Link

OR Link

Lexington, KY

OR Link is a workflow management system to optimize communication for surgery. The modern cloud-based web app and companion iPad app reduces material/financial waste while improving efficiency, patient safety & education of surgical staff.

M&S Biotics

M&S Biotics

Houston, TX

M&S Biotics developed an autonomous IoT solution to detect, track, count, and locate surgical items within the operating room in real-time. This effectively automates the surgical counting process while providing downstream analytics regarding instrument utilization.