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Supporting Digital Innovation at an Academic Medical Center: Brigham Digital Innovation Hub

Supporting Digital Innovation at an Academic Medical Center: Brigham Digital Innovation Hub

Digital innovation technologies are rapidly evolving. With this change, also comes new industries taking advantage of the technology it brings. One of the biggest players in today’s market: healthcare.

The Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) works to support digital health initiatives both internally, through clinicians and researchers at Brigham and Women’s, as well as externally in the area of digital innovation. During this webinar, Brian Mullen, Innovation Strategy Manager at Brigham’s Digital Innovation Hub, will provide an overview of what the iHub is, what they do, and how they work on advancing digital innovation in an academic medical center, by meeting one of the main strategic goals of the hospital: scalable innovation.

Want to learn how to interact and collaborate with the iHub and Brigham and Women’s Hospital? Or want to learn about innovation at AMCs, and how to get access to innovation within a clinical setting?


Brian Mullen is an entrepreneur, design engineer, and researcher with a passion for designing innovative medical products and assistive technologies. Brian holds a B.S.M.E., M.S.M.E and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Brian’s background covers many disciplines, from clinical research exploring the safety and effectiveness of treatments for people with mental illness to human centered design, universal design, design for commercial viability, and teaching new product development. Brian’s work has led to clinical publications, awards, and presentations in multiple fields as well as pending patents.

Previous to joining the iHub Brian founded an early stage medical device company, Therapeutic Systems, to translate the technology he developed in graduate school to the market. The mission of the company was to help people who are struggling with brain disorders such as autism, ADHD, PTSD and anxiety based disorders, by providing them therapeutic wearable technologies that included monitoring and sensory based neuromodulation as an intervention (you can watch his TedX talk on designing for people with mental illness).

As CEO, Brian lead Therapeutic Systems in winning MassChallenge in 2011, the UMass Innovation Challenge, a VentureWell E-Team award, raised seed investment, and launched a class I product and generated revenue through sales.

Brian is passionate about supporting early stage innovation. Outside of his work at the iHub, Brian is a mentor for entrepreneurs and startups in top national programs. Brian’s unique background helps innovators in the early stages by figuring out the problem, flushing out ideas, develop concepts, creating action plans building business models, and crafting and presenting value propositions and pitches.


MassMEDIC was established in 1996 by company executives interested in promoting the unique interests of the state’s vibrant medical device sector. Now with over 300 member companies, MassMEDIC has become the “meeting place” for medical technology company executives, suppliers, innovators and investors.

MassMEDIC maintains an active calendar of events, providing members with the latest information on industry trends, potential partnerships and relevant public policies. MassMEDIC actively supports emerging medtech companies through mentoring and targeted programming. In addition, the organization represents industry interests on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill and before various state and federal agencies.