Town Hall: Invent Health

What does it mean to invent health? What will happen when everyone has access to the tools and information they need to solve their own health problems—and share their ideas with others? The HHS IDEA Lab launched Invent Health, an initiative designed to address these questions (and many more) that swirl around what it means to empower inventors who are creating tools for better living and clinical care.

On Thursday, January 28, the Invent Health Town Hall brought together an all-star line up of inventors, federal employees and sage wizards hosted by HHS Chief Technology Officer Susannah Fox to talk about this growing movement of individual inventors and problem solvers who are creating tools, devices, and other physical solutions to home and clinical care challenges. See details about the event below.



Hubert H. Humphrey Building | Washington, D.C. 



Impact on the Department (HHS)

Introduction to the Broader Inventor/Maker Landscape

Impact on Health and Clinical Care Environment

How HHS Inventors are Interacting in this Space

Q&A and Open Discussion


We are slowly adding videos of our speakers from the Invent Health Town Hall. We’ve just recently added the talk by Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, on invention and innovation in emergency preparedness. Stay tuned for more.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. LurieDr. Lurie is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The ASPR serves as the Secretary’s principal advisor on matters related to public health emergencies including bioterrorism. The mission of her office is to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. As such, she coordinates interagency activities between HHS, other federal agencies, and state and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from public health emergencies.

Previously, Dr. Lurie was Senior Natural Scientist and the Paul O’Neill Alcoa Professor of Health Policy at the RAND Corporation where she directed RAND’s public health and preparedness work as well as its Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She has previously served in leadership positions in both federal and state government.  She is an internationally renowned health services researcher and health policy expert.

Mark Hatch, Founder & CEO, Tech Shop & Author of The Maker Movement Manifesto

Mark Hatch, CEO and Co-Founder of TechShop

Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison, and Health Net. In 2013, his book The Maker Movement Manifesto was released by McGraw-Hill Education. He has been recognized by San Francisco Business Times as one of  the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs and by Popular Mechanics as one of 25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream. Mark has spoken at events such as SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx, and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.

Jose Gomez-Marquez, Director, Little Devices Lab, MIT

Jose Marquez-Gomez, Director of Little Devices Lab @ MITJose Gomez-Marquez leads the Little Devices Lab @ MIT. The group focuses on empowerment technologies for health including DIY medical technologies kits, crowdsourced diagnostics, paper microfluidics, and health technology in extreme environments. He is co-inventor the MEDIKit platform, a series of design building blocks that empower doctors and nurses in developing countries to invent their own medical technologies. Recent projects include a paperfluidic ebola diagnostic kit, the Open Diagnostics Initiative, and the Ampli platform for modular diagnostics. He has been selected to Technology Review’s TR35, is a TED Fellow and has participated as an expert advisor in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is part of the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science where he launched the HST MakerLab course to bring patients, data, and kits together. Most recently, Jose co-founded the MakerNurse project to advance nurse innovation in America with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a co-founder of Pop Up Labs MakerHealth.

Anna Young, Co-Founder, Maker Nurse

Anna Young, MakerHealth Co-Founder

MakerHealth Co-Founder, Anna Young, works from a fundamental belief that, with the right tools, everyday people can use their ingenuity to create devices that heal. Applying years of global experience with the Maker Movement, Anna brings prototyping tools and makerspaces into hospitals enhance the natural problem solving abilities of clinicians and patients. Anna is the Director of MakerNurse, an RWJF sponsored program to support inventive, frontline nurses. At MIT’s Little Devices Lab Anna is a researcher, leading the design of technologies such as Solarclave, awarded Best of What’s New by Popular Science, 2013. In 2015, Anna was recognized by LinkedIn as a top Health Innovator under 35 and spoke at TEDMED on the role of making in healthcare. She resides in Cambridge, MA.

Darrell Hurt, PhD., Project Lead, NIH 3D Print Exchange

Darrell Hurt, NIH 3D Print ExchangeDarrell Hurt led development of the NIH 3D Print Exchange, one of many initiatives sponsored by the HHS IDEA Lab. Dr. Hurt joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health in 2006 and serves as Chief of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB) in the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology (OCICB). In addition to his leadership role, he provides special expertise in 3D modeling and computational structural biology, including protein folding, docking, and molecular dynamics.

Before working at NIAID, Dr. Hurt did postdoctoral work in lipid signaling and cell trafficking using X-ray crystallography with Dr. James Hurley at NIDDK. His education includes a B.S. in Chemistry  with honors from Brigham Young University and a combined M.S./Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Jon Clardy. His doctoral work was recognized with the Pauling Award from the American Crystallographic Association and he is the author of several scientific research articles.

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