Event Details

Developing Mobile Apps for a Healthy Life

Wellness. Emotions. Nutrition. Surgical recovery. Faculty across Cornell’s three campuses – Ithaca, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech – are inventing applications to track and analyze our health. From increasing personal understanding of individual health, to changing the patient care paradigm, to using the immense swaths of data from apps to identify trends in populations, Cornell experts are on the cutting edge of understanding human health. Join Cornell Alumni Affairs and the Center for Technology Licensing to hear about this work and more. Plus, learn how Cornell transfers technology from the lab to the market.

• David Erickson, Sibley College Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University and Chairman of VitaScan, Inc.
• JP Pollak ’00, MS ’08, PhD ’11, Senior Researcher-in-Residence, Cornell Tech; Visiting Fellow, Weill Cornell Medical College; Co-Founder of Curiosity Health and developer of the Photographic Affect Meter
• Heather Yeo, MD, MHS; Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medicine; Assistant Attending Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and developer of an app for patients undergoing abdominal cancer surgery
• Moderated by Alice Li  MS ’95, PhD ’98, Executive Director, Center for Technology Licensing (CTL), Cornell University

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Networking reception
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Panel discussion, Q&A
8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Networking continues; event concludes
Location: WeWork Bryant Park
54 W 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
Cost: $40 per person, includes hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and panel discussion

Event questions? Contact Ilana Dimbleby
Registration questions? Contact Karen Barnes


David Erickson
is the Sibley College Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.  His research focuses on: mobile and global health technology, microfluidics, photonics, and nanotechnology.  Prior to joining the faculty, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto. Research in the Erickson lab is primarily funded through grants from the NSF, NIH, ARPA-E, ONR, DOE, DOD, and various foundations.  Prof. Erickson has helped to found numerous start-up companies commercializing: high-throughput nanoparticle analysis instrumentation, biomedical diagnostics, and mobile health technologies including Halo Labs (http://halolabs.com/) and VitaScan (http://vitascan.me/).  Dr. Erickson has received the DARPA-MTO Young Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Department of Energy Early Career Award, among others.  In 2011 he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) by President Obama.  For his efforts in co-founding the field of optofluidics, Erickson has been named a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Alice Li MS ’95, PhD ’98, Alice Li is the Executive Director of the Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) at CornellUniversity. She oversees all aspects of technology management, marketing, license negotiation, outreach, and CTL activities to facilitate new venture creation in its services to all Cornell campuses and colleges. Alice has 14 years of experience in university technology transfer. She was the Director of Licensing of the Ithaca office from 2011 to 2014, providing mentorship for licensing professionals in intellectual property protection, license negotiation, and spearheading new commercialization initiatives. Alice joined CTL in 2002 and started with hands-on management of invention portfolios, negotiations of complex deals and engagement with startup companies.
Prior to joining CTL, Alice was an R&D manager at BioArray Solutions, a NJ biotech company in diagnostic and drug discovery. During her five-year tenure there, the company grew from a two-person startup to an enterprise of fifty people. BioArray Solutions was acquired by a publicly traded company in 2008.
Alice obtained her Ph.D. from Cornell University and B.S. from Tsinghua University. She is also an inventor and patent holder. Alice has been a Certified Licensing Professional since 2010.

JP Pollak ’00, MS ’08, PhD ’11, is an information scientist working in the healthcare space. He conducts research on user engagement, data collection, and health behavior in mobile health applications with the Small Data Lab as a Senior Researcher in Residence at Cornell Tech and holds an appointment at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is the co-founder of Curiosity Health, a Cornell Tech spinout that makes it easy for any clinician or researcher to use mobile technology in their work. Dr Pollak designed mobile health applications and studies in domains including diet and exercise, cancer, and chronic pain. He is the developer of the Photographic Affect Meter (PAM), a mobile phone-based method for evaluating the emotional state of individuals which is used widely in clinical and behavioral research. Dr Pollak’s received his PhD from Cornell and his current work is funded by NSF, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Google, and UnitedHealth Group.

Heather Yeo, MD, MHS; Heather Yeo, MD, MHS, is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Surgeon at NewYork Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is board certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery and complex general surgical oncology. Dr. Yeo has a Master’s in Health Services Research and is focused on surgical outcomes and quality improvement in Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery. She is particularly interested using mobile health apps to track patients in the post-operative period. She has completed a pilot study of an app developed in conjunction with Cornell Tech and is now expanding to a randomized controlled trial. The app is aimed at decreasing length of stay, decreasing postoperative readmission by improving patient monitoring and complication management and improving return to functional status and overall wellbeing after surgery.

ABOUT Center for Technology Licensing:
The Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is Cornell University’s technology transfer office. We manage technology for Cornell’s Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medical Colleges, Cornell Tech and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. CTL’s mission is to bring the University’s scientific discoveries, technological innovations, and medical advances to the marketplace for societal benefit and to foster economic development within New York State and across the nation.

Reflective of Cornell’s broad research endeavors, CTL manages inventions from disciplines including, but not limited to, chemistry, engineering, information technologies, materials science, medicine, plant science, and veterinary medicine. CTL licenses Cornell technologies to industry partners from all 50 states and in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Central and South America. Cornell inventions are patented in over forty countries.