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A free forum presented by BREG to cultivate the healthcare ecosystem in the greater Wichita region

June 1 Wichita, KS

Cultivating the healthcare ecosystem

Is it possible that our region could develop a healthcare innovation ecosystem?

On June 1, through the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG) Healthcare Industry Sector, 150 regional doctors, biomedical engineers, entrepreneurs, and other diverse minds from healthcare and general business sectors came together for the Healthcare Innovation Forum. The agenda boasted 28 speakers who led participants through a day of innovative possibilities aimed at building our regional healthcare ecosystem. Speakers shared insight into the healthcare application of Wichita State's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) and upcoming offerings of their Innovation Campus, had local entrepreneurs showcasing their latest healthcare-related innovations, and highlighted success stories from communities who have successfully evolved their own healthcare ecosystems.

Active discussions are now underway on how to leverage the connections made at this event to further stimulate entrepreneurial activity in this sector. If you would like to share your thoughts on how to cultivate the region's healthcare ecosystem, please contact Heather Denker at or (316) 268.1131.

The Healthcare Innovation Forum was hosted by the Healthcare Industry Sector of the BREG, a 10-county initiative to grow the regional economy, which is implemented by the Greater Wichita Partnership and volunteer business leaders. The Healthcare Innovation Forum was sponsored by of the Kansas Health Foundation and the Medical Society of Sedgwick County.








Healthcare Innovation Forum Speakers

John Doe

Christopher Young

VP, New Virtual Market Development & Incubations at Ascension Health

Mr. Young serves as the Vice President, New Virtual Market Development & Incubations. In this role he is focused on the development of Virtual Care for Ascension Health, as well as the incubation of a variety of related innovation projects.

John Doe

David A. Grainger, M.D., MPH

Professor of OB-GYN at KU School of Medicine of Wichita

Dr. Grainger is the Chair of the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education OB-GYN Residency. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a specialty in reproductive and infertility medicine.

John Doe

Cindy Claycomb, Ph.D.

Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning & Professor at WSU

Dr. Claycomb chairs the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, establishing strategic planning metrics, and assisting colleges and departments in aligning their strategic goals with the overall goals of Wichita State University.

John Doe

Laura Walker, Ph.D.

Executive Director at Envision Research Institute

Dr. Walker’s goal is to revolutionize the standard of low vision rehabilitation not only in Wichita, Kansas, but worldwide. Her work is paving the way for specialty healthcare professionals around the world to recognize Wichita as a leader in applied and innovative research in blindness and low vision.

John Doe

Kenton Hansen

Software Development Director at Enovar at WSU

Kenton works with software development teams consisting of students, subject matter experts, and external stakeholders to create learning opportunities in real-life situations that help companies find, train, and refine candidates for workforce.

John Doe

Gary Bookings

Engineering Educator, Biomedical Engineering, WSU

Dr. Brooking brings industrial and academic experience and a passion for medical devices and assistive technology applications. He has over 15 years’ experience lecturing and consulting in process control, instrumentation (including medical), electrical machines, IT systems and education technology.

John Doe

Anil Mahapatro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering at WSU

Dr. Mahapatro’s research focuses on biomaterials and bioengineering, surface modification of bio-metallic alloys, biodegradable metallic implants, nanotechnology, drug delivery, tissue engineering, design and optimization of bio-devices.

John Doe

Grant Mitchell, M.D.

Consultant at McKinsey & Company, Silicon Valley

Dr. Mitchell is a physician-entrepreneur focused on innovative healthcare delivery models and products. He is the co-founder of companies such as Curbside Care, the “Uber” for healthcare, and AdhereTech, a company that builds smart pill bottles to monitor clinical trials and improve medication adherence.

John Doe

John S. Tomblin, Ph.D.

VP, Research & Technology Transfer and Executive Director, NIAR, WSU

As NIAR executive director, Dr. Tomblin oversees fifteen laboratories in four locations encompassing 350,000 square feet and 350 employees. Under his leadership, NIAR has gained worldwide recognition in the area of composites and advanced materials; greatly expanded its capabilities and footprint.

John Doe

Alan Moskowitz, M.D.

Partner at Kansas Orthopaedic Center, PA

Dr. Moskowitz is an internationally recognized board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon. Since 1978, he has devoted his career to patients needing simple and complex spine care and has been involved in all major advances in spine surgery. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as well as a member of the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society.

John Doe


Assoc. Prof. of Medicine, KU Medical Center

Dr. Chehab specializes in complex coronary interventions and structural cardiology interventions with a deep focus on cardiac clinical trials and new cardiovascular drugs and devices research. Dr. Chehab is the Chairman of the Cardiology Division and Medical Director of Structural Cardiology & Hybrid OR programs at Via Christi Hospital.

John Doe

Ann Alexander Dupuis

Founder/COO for Elevated Health Systems

Ann Alexander DuPuis is Founder/COO of Elevated Health Systems, LLC, developer and manufacturer of the patented automated UVC germicidal light system called the ESP-DLux, which continuously sanitizes the air when the room is occupied and automatically disinfects surfaces and air when sensors detect the room is non-occupied.

John Doe

Antonio Soave

Secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce

Antonio Soave has served as the Secretary for the Kansas Department of Commerce since January of 2016. Secretary Soave is formerly the Chairman and CEO of Capistrano Global Advisory Services. In a career spanning more than 20 years, he has helped numerous entrepreneurs and businesses to expand and grow.

John Doe

Jon Rosell, Ph.D.

Executive Director at Medical Society of Sedgwick County

Jon Rosell assumed the position of MSSC Executive Director in 2007. Since then Jon has played a critical role in leading the MSSC, one of the most active county medical societies in the country. He is actively involved in numerous community and statewide initiatives to improve health and healthcare.

Chris Deck, PT, MA, MBA

Owner of Providence Physical Therapy / Director of Rehab at Bluestem PACE

Chris has been a PT in all types of settings (outpatient, inpatient, nursing facility, home health, and pediatrics) for the last 20 years practicing in Missouri, Alaska, Wyoming, and Kansas. He is on the advisory board at the Biomedical Engineering Department at WSU and has led three capstone groups, one of which is in the process of forming a company.

John Doe

Robert Litan

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and former Vice President, the Kauffman Foundation

As an economist and attorney, Mr. Litan has had nearly four decades of experience in the worlds of the law, economic research and policy, and as an executive in the private, public and government sectors. He is a widely recognized national expert in regulation, antitrust, entrepreneurship, innovation and finance, and international trade, among other policy subjects.

John Doe

John Lovitt

Sam Bloomberg Engineer in Residence at WSU

John Lovitt is a WSU alum currently serving as the Sam Bloomberg Visiting Engineer helping to develop students and faculty with the capability and wisdom to apply technology for social and economic benefit. He is a Silicon Valley software industry executive having held senior executive positions at HP, Rational Software (acquired by IBM), and as CEO of Pattern Insight before being a serial failed retiree.

John Doe

Sam Konduros

Executive Director at Greenville Health Research Development Corporation

Mr. Konduros is responsible for forming industry collaborations and partnerships, spearheading technology transfer efforts and the development of intellectual property, and facilitating mission-supporting economic development strategies for the Greenville Health Research Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of the Greenville Health System that serves as an innovation engine, industry portal, and economic development unit for GHS.

John Doe

Kim Cluff, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor, Biomedical Engineering at WSU

Dr. Cluff’s research is focused in Biomedical engineering, cardiovascular engineering, biosensors, bioimaging, and computational modeling. Dr. Cluff is currently teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses.

John Doe

Jeremy Patterson, Ph.D.

Professor & Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at WSU

Professor Jeremy Patterson has a recognized research history in clinical exercise physiology. He is an international leader in high-risk clinical population assessments and research interests in instrumentation validation and development.

John Doe

Steve Coen

President and CEO at Kansas Health Foundation

Steve Coen has served as president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation since August 2008. He provides leadership to the Foundation board in setting broad strategic direction, long-term goals and annual objectives of the Foundation, who's mission is to improve the health of all Kansans.

John Doe

Jeffrey Fluhr

President at Greater Wichita Partnership

Jeff Fluhr serves the community in several roles with one mission: to grow the regional economy. As President of the Greater Wichita Partnership, Jeff Fluhr is responsible for carrying out an aggressive approach to regional economic growth through newly aligned organizations and initiatives.

John Doe

Kim Reuter

Senior Research Engineer at NIAR

Kim Reuter is a senior research engineer for the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University where she supports material research and development, project management, and lab management.

John Doe

Miguel Johns

KingFit Preventive Health & Performance

Miguel Johns is a health coach looking to bring gold-standard technology driven, healthy lifestyle interventions to underserved communities.

Additional speakers include:

Prof. Ramazan Asmatulu


The Healthcare Innovation Forum will take place at the Kansas Leadership Center at 325 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, Kansas 67202. Participants must be registered in order to attend the event. The event is free, and registration includes admittance into all three sessions. The forum is limited to 150 registered attendees. Parking in available in the Block One Parking Garage at 360 E. William, Wichita, KS 67202.

8:00-8:45 AM
Event Check-in

Paid parking is available in the Block One Parking Garage (360 E. William) or free on-street parking is available throughout the area. Download a parking map. Enter into the Kansas Leadership Center (325 E. Douglas) from the north facing front door on Douglas Avenue. Greater Wichita Partnership staff will be at the entrance to check in event participants. Participants must be pre-registered in order to attend the forum.

Jon Rosell

Executive Director, Medical Society of Sedgwick County

Steve Coen

President, Kansas Health Foundation

Antonio Soave

Kansas Secretary of Commerce

This session will by moderated by Cindy Claycomb, Ph. D., Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning & Professor at Wichita State University.


Bob Litan

Building Innovation Ecosystems

John Lovitt

Collaboration and Openness in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Dr. John Tomblin and Jeff Smith

Dassault Systems Ideas Lab: Application of Aircraft Virtual Reality Testing Technology to Medicine, Wichita’s Potential Unique Core Competence


Dr. Alan Moskowitz

Dr. Bassem Chehab

Dr. Laura Walker

Dr. Grant Mitchell

Brief break for attendees. Cold beverages will be provided.

10:30AM - 12:30PM
Wichita Health Innovation Entrepreneurs


Jeff Fluhr

This session will be quickfire presentation style, with local entrpreneurs sharing their latest innovations in varying stages. This session will by moderated by Kenton Hansen, Software Development Director at Ennovar at Wichita State University.


Drs. Jeremy Patterson and Kim Cluff

Medical/wearable sensors

Dr. Gary Brooking and Chris Deck, P.T.

Technology enabling the elderly to age in place

Ann Alexander DuPuis

UV disinfectant technology

Dr. Anil Mahapatro

Dissolvable stent

Kim Reuter

Rapid-setting composite splint

Dr. David Grainger

Whiteboard technology for hospitals

Prof. Ramazan Asmatulu

Magnetic nanocomposite drug delivery system

Miguel Johns



Dr. Estaphan Zayat and Chris Young

Development and incubation of innovation projects.

Lunch will be provided.

1:15 - 2:00PM
Healthcare Innovation: A New Catalyst for Upstate South Carolina Economic Development

Greenville, SC and the surrounding Upstate region continue to rapidly grow and evolve as an innovation-driven community -- with a developing life-sciences/healthcare ecosystem. From top-ranked technology incubators/accelerators and national recognition as an emerging biotech hub, to being the home of iconic global companies like BMW, GE, and Michelin, momentum continues to build. Learn more about how Greenville Health System’s Research Development Corporation (RDC) and public/private community stakeholders are collaboratively working to help transform healthcare and spearhead one of the region’s most ground-breaking economic development visions: the IMED Innovation Corridor.

Sam Konduros
2:00 - 3:30PM
Virtual Reality and Medical Applications
Jeff Smith

Given a full day of healthcare industry and innovation presentations, what should our region do now to cultivate and strengthen its healthcare innovation ecosystem? This portion of the forum will be a moderated discussion with feedback and ideas from the event attendees.

This session will by moderated by Bob Litan, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and former Vice President, the Kauffman Foundation

Kansas Leadership Center

325 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202

The Healthcare Innovation Forum will take place at the Kansas Leadership Center and Kanas Health Foundation Conference Center in Downtown Wichita, Kansas. Parking is available in the Block One Parking Garage at 360 E. William, Wichita, KS 67202.

The Kansas Health Foundation's mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. They envision a culture in which every Kansan can make healthy choices where they live, work and play.The Kansas Leadership Center equips people with the ability to make lasting change for the common good. KLC is different in the field of leadership development with its focus on leadership as an activity, not a role or position.

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