Symposium: Opportunities for Female Healthcare Innovators in New Jersey

The Association for Women in Science New Jersey (AWIS NJ) and Women’s Health Institute (WHI) of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School have organized the symposium to educate healthcare providers and students about the innovation opportunities in New Jersey. In addition to panel discussion, WHI interns will present their research abstracts.

When: Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Where:  Clinical Academic Building (CAB),

Room 1302, 125 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Registration is free, but required for attendance



Sandra Powell-Elliott
Vice President
Life Sciences & Innovation at Hackensack Meridian HealthSandra Powell Elliott
Sandra Powell-Elliott is the Vice President for Life Sciences and Innovation at Hackensack Meridian Health. Her role is to develop not only to foster the internal development of an innovative culture, but to bring innovative and transformative solutions from outside of the organization to the forefront of the organization’s strategic planning efforts. The scope of internal and external innovation spans the breadth of precision medicine, new device development, new product and solution development, new business model development, remote models of care and population health management as well as new more efficient ways to operate the business units within an integrated health network. She has been instrumental in defining opportunities to work with innovative companies and begin to understand how home or person based technology can be integrated into a health delivery system as well as how automation can begin to transform how clinical care can be provided at the bedside. In addition, Sandra is involved in some of the emerging research based entities on the campus of new Seton Hall- Hackensack Meridian Health School of Medicine at the Nutley campus. Sandra received the 2018 NJBIZ Vanguard Award and speaks at National Conferences and has published many articles in developing opportunities for growing business in publications such as Trustee Magazine, Journal of Healthcare Financial Management, FutureAge, Hospitals and Health Networks, and the Health Strategist.
Gloria Bachmann, MD,
Director of the Rutgers RWJMS Women’s Health InstituteGloria
Gloria Bachmann, MD, is the Director of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) Women’s Health Institute, the Associate Dean for Women’s Health, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Medicine. In 2016, she commenced the One Health Initiative at RWJMS. Dr. Bachmann is a well-known authority on health issues and currently serves on the editorial board of the journals Maturitas, Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Women’s Midlife Health, Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease and Menopause. She has published extensively and has over 400 articles and chapters in the medical literature. A highly regarded researcher, she has been an investigator in the National Institute of Health (NIH) Women’s Health Initiative as well as PI and Co-Pi on two NIH (R01) grants on vulvodynia. Dr. Bachmann is actively involved in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), an organization that represents women’s health specialists, in which she serves in several leadership capacities. Dr. Bachmann earned her BA from Rutgers University, an MMS degree from Rutgers Medical School and an MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
Rebeca Lubot, PhD
Director Governor’s STEM Scholars Program
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Dr. Rebeca C. Lubot serves as director of the Governor’s STEM Scholars Program at the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, and director at CN Communications, as CN is responsible for the Council’s executive management. Rebecca began her career as a White House intern in the Domestic Policy Office of the Vice President, ran part of a U.S. Congressman’s campaign, served as a legislative aide to a N.J. State Senator and a policy advisor to a U.S. Senator, and oversaw lobbyists at the state level throughout the U.S. for a national nongovernmental organization. She has taught in the Federated Department of History at Rutgers University. She also recently video taught a course as part of a philanthropic venture for the Modern States Education Alliance overseen by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has served on several boards, including the United Nations Association – United States of America, Northern New Jersey chapter. Rebecca earned her Doctorate in U.S. history from Rutgers University, a Master of Science in the theory and history of international relations from The London School of Economics, and graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Her work has been published in the Fordham Law Review Journal and Politico Magazine.
Rose Ríos, MPH
Sector Lead in Life Sciences
New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)RRios NJEDA 2019
Rose Ríos, MPH is the Sector Lead in Life Sciences for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). An epidemiologist by training, Ms. Ríos is tasked with serving as the NJEDA’s liaison to life science companies. In addition, she develops and lead portfolios initiatives and programs that ensure NJ’s long-term competitiveness in life sciences with input from key stakeholders. She is a champion in meeting the needs of underrepresented populations in STEM education and the workforce.
The NJEDA is an independent government entity, established in 1960. The focus of NJEDA is to grow the NJ life science ecosystem.