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VP Shunt, 3rd place winner of Hacking Pediatrics- Technology to invest in early!

Babek Movassaghi, PhD, MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management, and Christopher Lee, PhD student at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, formed Team VPShunt.  These innovative guys saw a great idea and dove into it.  Though they placed third at the Boston Children’s Hospital Hacking Pediatrics, this is going to be the hottest new technology to invest in.  You need to jump in early!

 Babek and Chriss

What is most surprising to me is that it seems that Boston Children’s Hospital has been sitting on this incredible asset since at least October 2, 2012.  This is the day the MacArthur Fellows Program announced Benjamin Warf, MD, as one of their 2012 fellows.

Dr. Benjamin Warf is a pediatric neurosurgeon and the Director of Neonatal and Congenital Anomoly Neurosurgery Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.  He has revolutionized the treatment of intra-cranial disease in very young children, with a particular focus on hydrocephalus (“water of the brain” that leads to brain swelling).  In 2000, Dr. Warf became the medical director and chief of surgery at the newly established CURE Children’s Hospital in Uganda.  With this, Dr. Warf pioneered an alternative, low-cost treatment.  Dr. Warf has shown that this is a relatively straight forward treatment using modern endoscopic techniques in carefully designed clinical trials.  He has also designed a training program and network for neurosurgeons to use this method in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Why did it take the Hacking Pediatrics Hackathon to find a team to produce and scale this breakthrough in the USA?  How many other fantastic innovations is Boston Children’s Hospital sitting on?  And how will we see this develop?

Babek and Chris tell us more about the team and the inspiration.


(Written by Jennifer Joe, MD, www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferjoemd/@JenniferJoeMD, jen@medstro.com.)

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

    My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.

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