Healthcare Innovation in Philadelphia: A Discussion of Current State and Future Goals

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
6:00pm— 8:00pm
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1900 Market St
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States
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Do you have a desire to see Philadelphia’s role in healthcare innovation grow? Would you like to hear from and connect with leaders in the Philadelphia healthcare innovation community? Join alums from multiple Philadelphia clubs to learn more about what’s happening in the Philadelphia healthcare innovation community. In addition to a panel discussion, representatives from multiple organizations involved with healthcare innovation in Philadelphia will be attending and participating in the broader discussion and networking. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and network with some of the movers and shakers in the Philadelphia healthcare innovation community.

If you have an interest in supporting healthcare innovation in Philadelphia or are considering building your own innovative healthcare business please join us. Help us support community building by connecting with leaders and fellow alums who share your passion.

Snacks and beverages will be served.



1900 Market St., 8th Floor
Entrance at 19th and Market Streets
Check-in with lobby security and take elevator to 8th floor


  • $20 for current dues-paying members of Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association, the Wharton Club of Philadelphia, and the Harvard Business School Healthcare Alumni Association
  • $25 for non-members


Registration deadline is 3:00pm EDT on Monday, November 26th

Registration is limited to 55 attendees, so register early!


Attendees must register to be admitted to the event.  Please contact our club administrator, Danna Daughtry, at [email protected] if you need assistance with your registration.


Tom Olenzak
Tom is Managing Director of Innovation and Strategic Investment for Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia.  Through the Independence Center for Health Care Innovation, Tom leads the company’s efforts to identify external sources of innovation to support the company’s objectives and to help curate a dialog among institutions across the health care ecosystem to address some of the largest issues impacting the cost and quality of healthcare.  He manages the company’s innovation project portfolio and rapid innovation and prototyping methodology.  Tom is a graduate of Princeton University.

Sasha Schrode
Sasha is the President and CEO of Greppo Technologies, partner at Robin Hood Ventures and adjunct professor at Temple University.   She is a healthcare executive and entrepreneur with diverse and progressive product development experience in global pharmaceutical and medical device companies.  She specializes in working with healthcare companies on bringing products from concept through commercialization, bioengineering, sales, marketing and exit strategies.  She is an active speaker and panelist on topics related to medical device innovation, adding value in healthcare, funding and advice for start-ups and disruption in healthcare.  Sasha has a business degree from the Purdue School of Business and a MBA with a focus on health care and finance from Northeastern University.   

Michael Poisel
Since joining the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, Michael has been building entrepreneurial programs for the university. He currently manages PCI Ventures, which includes UPstart, AppitUP, DevelUPmed and UPadvisors.   Michael holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from The Moore School of Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania, and has an M.B.A. in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

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1900 Market St, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States,
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