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TechVibe Radio

Oct 13, 2022

TechVibe Radio attended the 11th Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) at the University of Pittsburgh in September to record the How I Built This – ISRII Edition interviews.

Modeled after the hugely popular How I Built This with Guy Raz podcast, How I Built This – ISRII Edition are individual interviews with faculty entrepreneurs who have been successful at transitioning to industry, licensing or creating a start-up company around their research. Moderated by ISRII co-founder and past president, Lee Ritterband, hear the origin stories with crisis, failure, tension, discomfort, triumph, and advice for success!

At the 1:20 mark, hear from Nick Allen, Director of the Center for Digital Mental Health and Ann Swindells Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Ksana Health Inc., a company whose mission is to use research evidence and modern technology to revolutionize the delivery of “just-in-time” mental health care through remote behavioral monitoring and adaptive, continuous behavior change support.

At the 29-minute mark, hear from Michael Businelle, the Director of the Stephenson Cancer Center mHealth Shared Resource, and the Stephenson Endowed Chair in Cancer at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. His team developed the Insight mHealth platform which enables researchers to rapidly create mobile applications that utilize EMA and sensor data to identify environmental, cognitive, affective, physiological, and behavioral antecedents of health risk behaviors and then deliver just-in-time adaptive interventions (JITAIs).

At the 56 minute mark, hear from Shivdev Rao, MD, a practicing cardiologist at the University of Pittsburgh, and the co-founder and CEO of Abridge, a health-tech company that uses AI to bring context and understanding to every medical conversation. Dr. Rao was also a vice president for UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization and venture capital arm of UPMC, where he led their provider-facing investment portfolio.