MATTER is a community of healthcare innovators, an incubator of ideas, and a catalyst for change. We are boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs pushing against the status quo and established institutions dedicated to improving patients’ lives. At MATTER we are hungry for change, and we’re working together to solve real and complex healthcare problems.

What We Do

One thing’s for certain: complex healthcare challenges aren’t solved in silos, so what we do at MATTER is equip, embolden, and empower players from across the healthcare ecosystem to tackle them together.

We equip.

  • A curriculum purpose-built for healthcare innovators
  • Mentors-in-residence who’ve built healthcare businesses and have deep expertise in healthcare, technology, and entrepreneurship
  • State-of-the-art facilities including the Shop, the Stage, and the AMA Interaction Studio

We embolden.

  • A culture of innovation, experimentation, and collaboration so crucial in today’s changing healthcare landscape
  • Inspirational keynotes, fireside chats, and panels
  • A community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about solving healthcare challenges

We empower.

  • Access to innovators from across the healthcare ecosystem including pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, and health IT companies; venture capitalists; health systems and hospitals; payers; scientists; and physicians
  • Innovative programs, built with our partners, designed to enhance collaboration between stakeholders

Our mission is to accelerate the development of technologies that solve the right healthcare problems in the right ways. We’re here to do something that matters. Join us.

Our Space

Hundreds of healthcare and life sciences entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry leaders participated in the design of our facility. Our 25,000-square-foot space includes workspace, meeting and learning space, and specialty healthcare environments.

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AMA Interaction Studio

The AMA Interaction Studio replicates an outpatient environment in which entrepreneurs and physicians collaborate. Learn more.

The Shop

The Shop is our medical device prototyping lab for entrepreneurs and tinkerers to build, iterate, and test.

The Simulation Stage

The Simulation Stage is our high-acuity simulation environment, built in partnership with Jump Simulation at OSF Healthcare.

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We’re a team of restless innovators working to change healthcare. We believe rapid technology advances hold the keys to better health and healthcare. We’re ambitious, entrepreneurial, and optimistic. We’re here to change lives. If that sounds like you, check out our open positions.

Steven Collens


Josh Chapman

COO and Treasurer

Joe Rizk

VP, Strategic Partnerships

Arun Bhatia

Senior Program Director

Polina Goryunov

Program Director

Peter Strandquist

Service Delivery Director

Monica Vajani

Partnerships Director

Paige Edmiston

Marketing Manager

Carrie Hill

Executive Assistant

Liz Kennedy

Marketing Associate

Samuel Lee

Program Associate

Noelle Sales-Griffin

Service Delivery Associate

Casey Sheridan

Events Associate

Kyle Colvin

Events Associate

Pakhi Chaturvedi

Program Coordinator

Caitlin Kryl

Marketing Coordinator

Alejandra Fernandez

Marketing Coordinator

Nick Morales

Service Delivery Coordinator

Pete Albertson

Web Developer

Patrick Flavin


David Johnson


Maryam Saleh, PhD


Board of Directors

Our board of directors includes senior leaders from across the healthcare industry who are dedicated to fostering collaboration and innovation to spark meaningful change.

Jeffrey S. Aronin

Co-Chairman of the MATTER...

Timothy P. Walbert

Co-Chairman of the MATTER...

Laura Ferris Anderson

Chief of Staff, Office of...

Andrew Cittadine

President & CEO, Diagnost...

Steven Collens


Thomas J. DeRosa

CEO, Welltower

Steven A. Gould, MD

Founder & Principal, The ...

Joel Farran

Senior Vice President, St...

James L. Madara, MD

CEO & Executive Vice Pres...

Peter McNerney

Founder & Senior Advisor,...

James O'Connor, Jr.

Global Head of Venture Ca...

David Ormesher

Founder & CEO, closerlook...

Sheli Z. Rosenberg

Principal, Roselin Invest...

Ellen A. Rudnick

Clinical Professor of Ent...

Kevin Schoeplein

CEO, OSF Healthcare System

David Schonthal

Professor of Entrepreneur...

Ramona Sequeira

President, United States ...

Rishi Shah

Managing Partner, JumpSta...

Jim Sullivan

Vice President, Discovery...

Nancy Sullivan

CEO & Managing Director, ...

Jeffrey R. Stewart

President, Commercial Ope...

Glen Tullman

Chairman and CEO, Livongo...

Eric Whitaker

Chairman, TWG Partners, LLC

Advisory Board

Comprised of leaders from across the healthcare industry, our advisory board guides MATTER’s program strategy and helps build bridges between industry and entrepreneurs.

Meg Barron

Digital Health Strategy D...

Holly Copeland

Director of Public Affair...

Jerry R. DeVault

Global Client Service Par...

Robert Jennetten

Director of Innovation Pa...

Thomas Kawalec

Managing Director, Accen...

Christopher Leggett

Director, Commercial Inno...

Addison McGuffin

Business Technology Innov...

Carlos Noronha

Director - Customer and P...

Nicole Paulk

Senior Vice President of ...

Francisco M. Rausa

Senior Principal Research...

David Roman

Vice President of Strateg...

Kevin Tyler

Vice President of Investm...

James Weiselman-Schulman

Senior Consultant & Produ...

Lorna Williams

Director of Corporate St...