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2018 Curriculum

INNOVATION TO IMPACT 2018 curriculum at-a-glance   Monday, April 23 8:30 – Breakfast 9:00 – Course/Team Intros 10:00 – Participant Intros, Icebreakers 11:00 – Intro to Business Formation Craig…

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The Program

Twenty million people are struggling with substance use disorders and the yearly economic impact in the US is $193B. Innovations that could help substance users are not reaching the public fast enough. To address these challenges, Innovation to Impact at Yale was developed as a national program to provide education, mentorship and seed funding to innovators. The program is led by a team of top-tier educators and entrepreneurs with the overriding goal to advance ideas to IMPACT the world.

WHAT: A five-day program in New Haven, CT focused on teaching participants diverse skills through hands-on-learning activities with guidance from dynamic leaders. The program culminates in a Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

WHEN: April 1-5, 2019

COST: Costs for travel, food, and accommodations will be covered for applicants who are selected for this prestigious program.

WHO: Curious and committed innovators who are interested in both exploring what it takes to bring a product to market and applying creative solutions to combat substance abuse through the use of pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, biomedical devices, app development, behavioral interventions, and/or public policy. Preference provided to researchers who have received NIDA funding.

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Featured Speakers

Rahul Rajkumar

Dr. Rajkumar assists in overseeing operation of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield’s Patient-Centered Medical Home and Total Care and Cost Improvement programs, and plays a role in developing medical policy for the region’s largest insurer.

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Scott Fishman, MD

Dr. Fishman is chief of the Division of Pain Medicine, vice chair for pain medicine and faculty development, and professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of California, Davis. He advocates for the field of pain medicine with consumers and lawmakers, and serves as a consultant to numerous government agencies.

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As Chief Medical Officer of AbleTo, Reena serves as a passionate voice for the need to bridge the gaps between medical health and behavioral health. She spearheads AbleTo’s data analytics and outcomes research.

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Narath Carlile, MD, MPH

Dr. Carlile is the Chief Medical Information Officer for ACT.md, a practicing physician in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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Empowering Substance Use Researchers to Translate their Innovations from the Lab to the World

The four major components of the I2I Program.


Learn how to identify viable commercial products and efficiently take your product to market


Grow your idea by consulting an extensive network of mentors from industry, venture capital and academia


Take the first steps toward exploring the commercial viability of your idea with one of our small grants


With support from our team, learn how to bring a culture of entrepreneurship to your department

The Innovation to Impact Team

SETH FEUERSTEIN, MD, JD Program Director (PI)

PATRICIA SIMON, PHD Program Director

KRISTIN BUDDE, MD, MPH Curriculum Development Lead

RICK HUNT, MBA Marketing

JANIS CELONE Program Coordinator



29 April

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28 December
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15 November
A New Program at Yale Takes Aim at Opioid and other Substance Abuse using Entrepreneurship

“It is incredibly exciting to see the foresight NIDA has in funding this program,” says Seth Feuerstein,…

11 October
Yale combats substance abuse

The new training program will empower “substance use researchers to translate their innovation from the lab to…

2 October
Yale chosen to train scientists in entrepreneurship to accelerate their impact on the U.S. drug crisis

Interdisciplinary team at Yale will train substance abuse researchers from across the country in entrepreneurship

Innovation To Impact

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