In 1992, Tal Golesworthy received the devastating news that he needed surgery to repair a life-threatening problem with his heart. But in lieu of undergoing an invasive procedure, the engineer invented a kit that ultimately repaired his aorta, and saved his life.   

User innovators like Golesworthy (those patients who have a direct need to treat a chronic disease without known treatment, and have the benefit of obtaining immediate feedback on their experimentation) are developing new healthcare technologies with the potential to improve and sometimes save lives. Additionally, online platforms and social networks now provide a useful avenue for user innovators to share their experience and help others. But the healthcare industry has not yet established a path to effectively bring these solutions to a wider market. 

The Patient Innovation Forum brings together patient innovators, social network pioneers, and strategic decision makers from the healthcare industry to discuss the implications of patient innovation on the industry. Hosted jointly by the Carlson School Medical Industry Leadership Institute and Supply Chain and Operations department, the forum offers perspectives from user innovators and healthcare thought leaders, hosts discussions around the implications of user innovation for the healthcare industry, and provides opportunities for networking.

Patient Innovation Forum

Monday, November 3
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Carlson School of Management, 3M Auditorium

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For details, contact Enno Siemsen at

Agenda & Speakers

Welcome Remarks
Mike Finch, Managing Director, Medical Industry Leadership Institute, Carlson School of Management
Enno Siemsen, Associate Professor of Supply Chain & Operations, Carlson School of Management

Keynote on “User Innovation”
Pedro Oliveira, Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics 

Patient Innovation: When Patients Set Out to Help Themselves and End Up Helping Many
Helena Canhão, Lisbon Medical School (Rheumatology)
Leid Zejnilovic, Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics & Carnegie Mellon University

How I developed the Personalized External Aortic Root Support (PEARS) and saved my own life!
Tal Golesworthy, “the man who fixed his heart” 

Roundtable: Discussion on the implications for healthcare

Innovation through collaboration
Ivan Owen, “the artist who 3D prints fingers and hands”

Patient Innovation Platform and Social Network
Pierre Gein, Health Innovation Lab (HiLab) 
Pedro Oliveira, Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics 

Round table: Discussion on bringing patient innovations to the market
Rick Tanler, Mill City Innovation and Collaboration Center