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Rockstar Women in MedTech: A Series Preview

We’ve spent the past month rounding up innovative women in medtech as part of our new series – and we’re just getting started. In case you missed our last few Q&As, here’s a quick look at women who are making a big difference in an often-stubborn industry.

Amy Cueva


Amy Cueva, founder and Chief Experience Officer of Mad*Pow, was just named to the 2014 class of Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 honorees. The honor recognizes Boston-based leaders who are making a major impact in their respective fields and in civic life, all before their 40th birthday.

I believe that design can improve the human condition and that drives a lot of the work that we do,” Cueva says. Read our conversation with her here.

Celine Schillinger

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Celine Schillinger, the Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Sanofi Pasteur, calls social media her greatest ally in her personal life and her career. She hopes to convince the healthcare industry that regulations and social media can endure happy marriage. She also says that she’s working to unleash change within her company, too, jostling for gender-equality in its leadership.

“After being with the organization for over a decade, I realized that my female colleagues and I were missing out on key opportunities compared to my male counterparts. I addressed this systemic issue not as a matter of fairness but as a fault in business efficiency,” Schillinger says. Read our conversation with her here.

Tessie Guillermo


We were at the Health 2.0 fall conference this week and it was awesome. But if you couldn’t make it, we’re giving you the next best thing: a conversation with Tessie Guillermo, president and CEO of ZeroDivide. ZeroDivide provides technology adoption and field-building consulting services for many companies, and Tessie feels passionate about directing this work specifically in the direction of healthcare. 

“In college, I was working as a billing clerk in a community health center in Oakland and we became one of the first community health centers to automate patient information. Because of this experience, I was fascinated by technology data and using technology to understand patients,” Guillermo says. Read our conversation with her here.

Nina Nashif

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Nina Nashif, the Founder & CEO of Healthbox, is becoming a prominent name in the digital health space. Healthbox is an accelerator that has helped launch 63 start-ups so far, of which 61 are still operating – an impressive streak for a sector still shackled by dated regulations. Today, Nashif works hard to open up conversations with leading institutions in Boston and beyond, teaching them to embrace innovation and empower stakeholders through healthcare IT.

I’m proud that even at the beginning, Healthbox really opened up the conversation and helped break many barriers within the industry,” Nashif says. Read our conversation with her here.

Andrea Ippolito

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While pursuing her Ph.D. in the Engineering Systems division at MIT, Andrea Ippolito also co-leads MIT’s Hacking Medicine, an organization created to energize and connect the best minds at MIT and within the health ecosystem. If you think that sounds busy, just wait. Ippolito also co-founded Smart Scheduling, a health IT start-up that takes the guesswork out of patient scheduling by using algorithms that turn data into actionable insights.

“I’ve learned that we shouldn’t chase after a perfect solution,” she says. “Instead, just put something out there. Showcase different versions of your product, seek feedback from all your stakeholders and let them guide you towards improvement.” Read our conversation with her here.

Check back in for weekly interviews with women in the medical technology field. Do you know someone who’d be a good fit for this series? Let us know – email jenni@medtechboston.com. 

Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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