The Disruption Lab: Rapid Development of Technologies through Grassroots Innovation that Redefine Healthcare Post COVID

Jan
29

The Disruption Lab - Rapid Development of Technologies through Grassroots Innovation that Redefine Healthcare Post COVID | Freddy Nguyen, MD, PhD | MIT, Mount Sinai | 2021-01-29

https://thedisruptionlab.com/rapid-innovation-freddy-nguyen-md-phd-mit-mount-sinai-2021-01-29/

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American Medical Association Journal of Ethics: Ethics Talk - Hacking Structural Racism in Health Care

Nov
09

American Medical Association Journal of Ethics - Hacking Structural Racism in Health Care - November 9, 2020

Organizers of MIT Hacking Racism in Healthcare talk about design thinking as a way to find solutions to combat structural racism and advance health equity.

https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/videocast/ethics-talk-hacking-structural-racism-health-care
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2020 Beckman Symposium: From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma – developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine

Nov
02

Beckman Foundation - Freddy Nguyen - November 2, 2020

From biochemical nanosensors to imaging to informatics to COVID-19 convalescent plasma – developing diagnostics and therapies for clinical medicine
2017 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow Freddy Nguyen, MD, PhD from MIT, presents his research at the 2020 Beckman Symposium.

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MIT News: 3Q: Addressing structural racism in health care as an innovation opportunity

Oct
09

MIT News - Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO) - Publication Date: October 9, 2020

https://news.mit.edu/2020/3q-addressing-structural-racism-health-care-innovation-opportunity-1009

Far-reaching effects of structural racism can be seen in all facets of American life. This year, as Americans witnessed widespread demonstrations stemming from racial injustice at the hands of officers in law enforcement, a ground swell of conversations about race and pleas for action emerged.

One area in which racism has had significant effects is health care equity, a fact that has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. In light of current events, members of the MIT community involved in the successful hackathons MIT Covid-19 Challenge and MIT Hacking Medicine sought to explore the role of racism embedded in U.S. health care structures. More specifically, how could they tear down racism in health care using proven hackathon methodology traditionally applied to other complex health care problems?

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MIT Virtual Alumni Leadership Conference: Mind, Hand, and Heart - MIT Alumni Stories of Inspiration

Oct
09

Barbara Fields, Ani Liu, Emily Young, Freddy Nguyen, Sanjay Vakil - October 9, 2020

In a lightning talk format, alumni and postdocs from various MIT schools, departments, and class years will share personal stories of finding inspiration and taking action during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Speakers will discuss topics that include MIT Hacking COVID, interdisciplinary research and design, producing and distributing PPEs, supporting nonprofits, and an ambitious project that aims to turn motorcycles into lifesaving devices.

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Slice of MIT: Hundreds of Teams Converge Online for MIT Covid-19 Challenge Hackathons

Sep
23

Slice of MIT - Ken Shulman - September 23, 2020

https://alum.mit.edu/slice/hundreds-teams-converge-online-mit-covid-19-challenge-hackathons

It was early March 2020. The US and the world were bracing for the outbreak of a dangerous viral pandemic. Most members of the MIT community had left the campus and returned to their homes—many of them to homes abroad. For Alfonso Martinez MBA ’20 and Freddy T. Nguyen, the Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science and a pathology resident at Mount Sinai Hospital, there was only one logical response: a hackathon.

“We had an impending pandemic that was going to create myriad problems across the globe,” says Nguyen, a co-organizer, along with Martinez, of the MIT Covid-19 Challenge. Since March, the MIT community-led initiative has staged seven hackathons addressing the pandemic. “We needed to define the problems facing us and create a structure that could produce solutions quickly. At the same time, we had hundreds of our people with mad skills confined to their homes with nowhere to apply those skills. From our perspective, a hackathon was a no-brainer.”

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Rice Magazine: Pivoting in a Pandemic

Jun
28

Rice Magazine - Freddy Nguyen, David Levin - June 28, 2020

https://magazine.rice.edu/2020/07/pivoting-in-a-pandemic/

As a pathology resident and research scientist, I’m refocusing my work to help evaluate convalescent plasma as a treatment option for COVID-19 patients.

New York is supposed to be the city that never sleeps. Things are supposed to happen around the clock every day of the year — but right now, the entire city is on lockdown. You walk down the street and don’t see a soul. In this town, it feels apocalyptic.

I came to New York in July 2019 as an M.D. and a Ph.D. I had just finished a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT in Boston and was starting a pathology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Manhattan. Before the pandemic set in, I was developing new nanotechnology and imaging techniques to help fight against cancer. But since the beginning of March, I’ve been working nonstop with the rest of my colleagues to fight against COVID-19.

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“The People Who Develop a Ventilator that Costs $40,000 Are Probably Not the Best People to Go to to Make that Ventilator cost $400”

Jun
25

Ken Gordon - EPAM Continuum - June 25, 2020 - The Resonance Test 49: Dr. Freddy T. Nguyen and Duncan Freake

https://www.continuuminnovation.com/en/how-we-think/blog/the-people-who-develop-a-ventilator-that-costs-usd40-000-are-probably-not

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a test for innovators. The immense challenges of the situation have called for fast, scalable solutions—and two of the more prominent approaches have come to the fore: open source and crowdsource. In this episode of The Resonance Test, we interrogate some people who’ve played essential roles here. Dr. Freddy T. Nguyen, Co-Director of the MIT COVID-19 Challenge, Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, and a Pathology Resident at Mount Sinai Hospital, has done tremendous work convening teams from across the globe to crowdsource pandemic-related innovation. His conversation partner is EPAM Continuum’s Duncan Freake, a mechanical engineer who is one of the brains behind the GENTL Mask, our open source design that employs readily available materials and a simple manufacturing process to enable localized manufacturing. Our Ken Gordon peppers the duo with questions and gets some really interesting responses, giving us an important look at how partnerships, humility, and especially networks functioned in their pandemic projects. “The value of a network is really investing in good people who have the right spirit and the right motivations,” says Dr. Nguyen—and we think that these words are not just true: They aptly describe both himself and Duncan.

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US, NL unite virtually to take on COVID-19

Jun
17

Mart Duitemeijer - June 17, 2020

http://nlintheusa.com/us-nl-unite-virtually-covid-19/

Key stakeholders who work in the field of life sciences and health in Massachusetts and the Netherlands came together in a virtual session June 8 to discuss how their ecosystems are responding to COVID-19, which lessons could be learned from the reaction to the pandemic, and how to stimulate closer international collaboration.

Participants of the conversations agree that there will always be a need to collaborate internationally and make use of each other’s strengths. If all strengths from different countries or ecosystems could be brought together, this will create a stronger value chain where collaboration between partners is needed and truly adds value.

When looking ahead, participants recognize that in a post-COVID world, we should be better prepared for a possible outbreak of a pandemic. That we need to be ready to think and act together, internationally, so we can organize the supply chain and share data and expertise when needed.

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COVID-19 Hackathon: Common Goals, Uncommon Solutions

May
15

Bayer - May 15, 2020

A medical face shield that monitors doctors digitally for signs of getting sick. A virtual waiting room app to help avoid spreading coronavirus germs among patients. A quick at-home kit with computerized support that could help consumers test and track their immune systems for antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19. Bayer colleagues work across divisions, continents in COVID-19 hackathon.

These are just a few of the ideas developed by Bayer employees at a recent coronavirus hackathon put on by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and sponsored in part by Bayer’s crop science division, which had so many interested employees it held a spillover extension hackathon complete with its own judging and awards.

While scientists around the world are working to find ways to fight the coronavirus, dozens of experts from Bayer participated in the hackathon to help develop fast, implementable solutions to help slow the spread of the virus and the disease it causes.

https://www.magazine.bayer.com/en/covid-19-hackathon-common-goals,-uncommon-solutions.aspx#sf121143099

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MIT News: MIT builds community for the Africa Takes On Covid-19 challenge

May
14

MIT News - Stuart P. Krusell | MISTI | MIT Sloan Global Programs | Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship - May 14, 2020

It all started, like so many things recently, with a Zoom call.

David Capodilupo, assistant dean for MIT Sloan Global Programs (GP); Bill Carter, award-winning filmmaker, author, teacher, and MIT consultant; and Stu Krusell, senior director at GP, were discussing what they could do to support the fight against Covid-19 in Africa. The need was immense. They talked about leveraging the vast network and resources of MIT to help those on the ground in Africa fighting the virus. The question was: How do you bring lots of people together to address this problem? The answer they decided on: a virtual hackathon.

http://news.mit.edu/2020/mit-builds-community-africa-takes-covid-19-challenge-0514

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Wide Field: Hacking COVID-19 Solutions for Africa

May
13

ActonTV - Vivian Kobusingye Birchall - May 13, 2020

Host Vivian Kobusingye Birchall chatted with Stuart Krusell, Senior Director of Global Programs at MIT Sloan School of Management; Ari Jacobovits, Managing Director for Africa, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives; postdoctoral fellow Freddy Nguyen and MBA candidates Benjamin Boutboul and Mercy Ndambuki, about the recently concluded MIT COVID-19 Challenge including solutions created and different ways industry, the public sector innovators and development partners can get involved.

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