Presenters and recipients of the Mount Sinai Innovations Awards gathered at the ceremony to celebrate scientific achievements made at Mount Sinai.
Sixteen physicians, scientists, and students were honored for their creativity and biomedical discoveries at the first annual Mount Sinai Innovations Awards Ceremony, held on the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai campus.
“We are building a culture that encourages and supports innovation in medicine, and there is no better way to show how much we value this and spur more innovation than formally recognizing investigators for their outstanding work,” said Scott Friedman, MD, who opened the Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 26. “This culture will benefit our patients and the Mount Sinai Health System.” Read more
“We have learned that the impossible is possible, and advances are being made that we could not have imagined just a few years ago,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System, at the conclusion of the school’s third annual SinaInnovations conference in November.
The conference, which took place on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, November 18 and 19, respectively, focused on breakthroughs in medicine and engineering that improve human health and was sponsored jointly with Mount Sinai’s academic affiliate Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
This year’s program will feature a number of exciting speakers, exhibitors, and demonstrations exploring the expanding interface between engineering and medicine—and how it is transforming all aspects of health care.
Topics include: breakthroughs in material science, nanotechnology, and imaging; genomics and personalized medicine; transformative technologies, including apps, software, and mobile technologies; and engineering to improve global health.
The future of medicine, maintaining an edge in biomedical innovation, and the cost of health care in America were among the topics explored by Mount Sinai Health System leaders during the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, a yearly conclave that attracts several thousand policy makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and executives who participate in thought-provoking discussions on health care and other major issues that impact America.
Erik Lium, PhD, an expert in academic-industry partnerships and commercializing early-stage scientific discoveries, has joined the Mount Sinai Health System as Vice President and Executive Director of Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP). In this role, Dr. Lium leads MSIP’s efforts to foster collaborative partnerships with pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic, and information technology companies, and to commercialize Mount Sinai discoveries.
The Mount Sinai Health System recently established the Mount Sinai Institute of Technology (MSIT), with a $5 million grant from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). As part of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MSIT will train students to develop technology-based solutions that improve human health, and serve as an incubator for transformative, cost-effective discoveries.