The 2017 MedTech Boston 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators


12. Emily Lindemer, PhD
Co-Founder of Hey,Charlie

Emily Lindemer, PhDAfter seeing someone close to her struggle with addiction, Emily Lindemer, was inspired to to develop Hey,Charlie, an Android app which aids recovering opioid addicts.

But Lindemer’s interest in the mental health space developed much earlier in her career. When studying neuroscience research as an undergraduate, Lindemer was “drawn to problems that affected humans and their quality of life.” After her undergraduate experiences, she did research on PTSD and TBI [Traumatic Brain Injury] at the Boston VA and witnessed the impact that translational technologies could have on people who really needed help. “I knew I wanted to pursue this for my career,” she said.

Through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology program, she was able to start applying her research and engineering skills to gaps that she saw in the current healthcare system.

The entrepreneur explained that Hey,Charlie was born following the 2016 MIT Hacking Medicine’s Grand Hackathon where her team won Best Mental Health Hack. The group continued to build on ideas leading to the app.

“Starting a company in this field is a challenge because of all of the stigma that surrounds addiction and mental health, but when you get to connect with others who are like-minded and motivated to make changes, it is so rewarding and really motivates me to keep pushing forward,” she explained.

When Lindemer is not at work, she travels, hoping to see all 59 U.S. National Parks. She also enjoys practicing yoga, drawing, and bonding with her husband and cat. Lindemer also reads in her spare time.

“I love fiction, and am currently trying to read every Pulitzer Prize winner for best fiction,” she said.

40 Under 40 Contributors

James Gardner, Pamela Bump, Olivia Tardif, Sarah Schroeder and Shreya Iyer all contributed to this year's 40 Under 40. Learn more about their work in the "About the Authors" section!

5 Comments

  1. kian firouzbakht says:

    Dear Omid keep going on I liked your achievement .
    I wish all the best to you and your family members.

  2. Karen Smith Vanderburgh says:

    One in a series of amazing achievements for Brian Harris and his wonderful company!

  3. Akari says:

    Thank you for writing about my big brother Daniel! I loved what you wrote. 🙂

  4. Congratulations to a true innovator and an organization that is already seeing around corners!

  5. Sudip Mukherjee says:

    Excellent sir…keep going…. Lucky to be his first student…

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