Meet MATTER’s Newest Members – June 2017

Our newest MATTER member companies envision a future where joint problems are preventable and diabetes is curable, and where patients have the education and support they need to choose what their end of life experience looks like. They’re also skilled in comedy improv, headstands, and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. Meet MATTER’s new members:


Jordan Dalton

President and CEO, Cell-Safe Life Sciences

What is Cell-Safe Life Sciences’ mission?

Our mission is to provide a cost-effective solution for the diabetic patient, and ultimately, to cure diabetes.

How will your company create change in healthcare?

Our company can transform healthcare by introducing a device capable of producing enough insulin to satisfy the needs of the patient, thereby eliminating the need for synthetic insulin and the extreme costs associated with it.

Why did you decide to become a MATTER member?

We joined MATTER to be part of the innovative healthcare community. The opportunities and resources available are very helpful for a startup.

What is one fact people are surprised to learn about you?

I’ve been a Chicago Cubs season ticket holder for 15 years, the championship last year is something I thought I would never see in my lifetime.

Connect with Jordan.


Maggie Norris

Founder, after care

What is after care’s mission?

Our mission is to provide families with scenario-based education that fosters informed decision making and leads to better health outcomes. We believe everyone deserves to live their best life and die a ‘good death’; feeling safe, secure, and in control of their care.

If your company achieves everything you hope, what would this look like for those impacted by your business?

Patients and their families will feel informed about care options and be armed with advance directives that ensure their wishes are respected and honored at every stage of care. Providers will be better equipped with personalized directives that help ensure they are providing the most appropriate care in accordance with patients’ wishes, and better equipped to provide personalized education, end of life counseling, and advance care planning.

The cost of providing quality, patient-centered care at end-of-life will be reduced for both providers and healthcare insurers, and the quality of life will dramatically improve for millions of patients at end-of-life.

Why did you choose to become a MATTER member?

MATTER’s focus on entrepreneurial education and mentorship is exactly what I need to take my idea and MVP to the next level. And I heard the happy hours are top-notch.

What is one fact people are surprised to learn about you?

I moved to Chicago to study improv comedy. When I realized I wasn’t going to be the next Tina Fey, I found myself at Northwestern.

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Teddy Hodges

CEO, BraceUnder

What is BraceUnder’s mission?

Our mission is to help people heal better and to prevent joint problems from happening in the first place.

How will your product create change in healthcare?

BraceUnder’s technologies will enhance the science of joint injuries and will provide customized solutions for physical adversity that go beyond joint and muscle challenges.

Why did you choose to become a MATTER member?

We chose to join MATTER because we believe it is a phenomenal community of entrepreneurs who are transforming healthcare.

What is one fact people are surprised to learn about you?

I practice yoga and get upside down everyday. (That usually means standing on my head.)

Connect with Teddy.