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NSBE Boston Emerging Tech Talks – Healthcare’s Technology + Policy Challenge

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

NSBE Boston invites you to our 3rd Annual Emerging Tech Talks and career networking event. This year’s theme will focus on “Healthcare’s Tech + Policy Challenge: How technology will bridge the access gap to affordable health care”.

Our 2017 Talk will include a keynote address by Erin McKenna of Partners HealthCare. There will also be a panel discussion on how technology and policy shapes the future of healthcare, delivered by our soon to be announced guest speakers, who are leaders in the health and technology space. This year’s event will also include dinner, a #partners@work career networking hour & emerging tech showcase.

: Thursday, October 26th
Time: 6pm

Location: Partners HealthCare Assembly Row
399 Revolution drive, Somerville, MA 02145
For directions and transporation options, please see How to get to Assembly Row
Dinner will be provided; Registration required


Meet our Emerging TechTalk Keynote Speaker: Erin McKenna

Erin McKenna

Erin McKenna is the Deputy Director and Senior Project Manager for the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center, a life sciences accelerator funded by the National Institutes of Health and its academic member institutions to speed the translation of promising research into medical products.

Previously she worked at Boston Scientific in R&D, where she launched several vascular graft and peripheral embolization products before shifting her focus to identifying and implementing company-wide product development lifecycle process improvements. Erin has an MBA and MS degrees in Global Management from Babson College, a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and holds 9 issued patents.



Meet our Lightinng Talk Speakers


Anthony Coston

Anthony Coston is the Head of Medical Devices at Draper‘s Commercial Division. Anthony oversees Draper’s New Business Development and leverages internal technologies and capabilities and deploys them against significant unmet needs within the Medical Device Marketplace through collaborations and partnerships with Commercial companies. Anthony’s portfolio of available technologies and capabilities includes Neurotechnology, Mental Health, Diagnostics & Therapeutics, Data Analytics, and Image Processing.
Anthony previously worked for Johnson & Johnson, Bard Medical, and Becton Dickinson, developing medical devices within multiple disease states including; cardiovascular, gynecological, urological, diabetic, and pulmonary. During his career, Anthony developed in-depth experience with Design Controls/FDA regulations for Class I, Class II, and Class III medical devices and OSD Pharmaceuticals.
Anthony holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware, MS in Biomedical Engineering from Penn State University, PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.



Haleh Armian

Ms. Haleh Armian is a Program Manager at Draper’s Biomedical Solutions group where she focuses on business development & commercialization for a portfolio of medical devices & diagnostics.

Ms. Armian’s professional experiences and expertise are at the intersections of business, medical technology innovations and public health. Prior to Draper, she worked at the Joslin Diabetes Center where she managed several key international partnerships to design, develop and implement diabetes wellness and disease management programs. While at CIMIT-Partners Healthcare, TIAX and Arthur D. Little Inc., Ms. Armian worked on medical concept, development, implementation, and commercialization projects. This included conducting therapeutic area market and technology assessments as well as health outcomes research that entailed evaluating clinical, economic, quality-of-life endpoints and cost measures to demonstrate cost-benefits or effectiveness of medical products/therapies.

Ms. Armian holds a BS degree from the Boston College School of Management and holds an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.



Courtney Scrubbs

Courtney B. Scrubbs is Corporate Counsel with Sanofi, a global life sciences company that transforms scientific innovation into healthcare solutions. Courtney attended Xavier University of Louisiana (Bachelor of Science in Biology), the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and Howard University School of Law (Juris Doctorate), studying medicine and law concurrently. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association. In the area of healthcare, Courtney  is a distinguished Paul Ambrose Public Health Scholar, recognized for her provision of respite care to children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Courtney is also a Young Philanthropist with The Philanthropy Connection, and the Founder and CEO of The Dawa Investment Network, Inc., a national investment group of Black women physicians.



Discover a new career with one of of our presenting Sponsors – Partners HealthCareDRAPER,  General ElectricUnited Technologies
Recruiters from Partners Healthcare will be present to discuss available opportunities.   


NSBE Boston’s Emerging Tech Talks is part of our annual Science & Technology exhibition series, a strategy “to increase the number of Black Engineers who succeed professionally”. As one of our signature events, the objective is to highlight innovation in Science & Technology.



October 26
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


NSBE Boston Professionals


Partners Healthcare
399 Revolution Drive
Somerville, MA 02145 United States
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