Innovation Blender


The Roux Institute logoJoin MaineHealth Innovation and The Roux Institute at Northeastern University as local innovators in the healthcare space share their latest novel ideas, and help brainstorm solutions to their project needs. Come collide with MaineHealth pioneers, The Roux Institute community and local entrepreneurial talent as we collaborate to pave a healthier future forward – one healthcare opportunity at a time.

The Innovation Blender is a program designed to mix practitioners, researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators from a variety of backgrounds together to ideate on challenges. Each monthly event consists of brainstorming around innovators’ presented challenges and proposed breakthrough technologies.

Our Goal: Increase collisions of incredible people trying to solve big challenges!

“I had no idea what to expect and I loved every minute.”

Innovation Blender participant


Do you have an solution to an unmet care need that needs some further brainstorming and discussion? Consider applying to be a future Innovation Blender speaker.

Next Event


Each Innovation Blender event features a different healthcare opportunity and subject matter, so please refer to the specific event page to learn more about event content. Of course, anyone who is interested in innovation is welcome to attend.


Samir Haydar, DO – Emergency Physician, MMC
Project: Navigating the ER

Heidi Morin, RN, MSN, MBA – Nursing Director, MMC
Project: Shifting the Healthcare Productivity Paradigm

Anne Breggia, PhD – Director of the Bio Bank, MMC
Project: Transforming the Bio Bank

Paul Chausse, Jr. – VP of Revenue Cycle Management, MaineHealth
Project: Artificial Intelligence & Healthcare Administration

Susan Miesfeldt, MD – Oncologist & Researcher, MaineHealth
Project: Value Proposition 101 & The Mobile Palliative Care Link

Rob Ecker, MD – Neurosurgeon & Chief of Neuroscience, MaineHealth
Project: Fishing for Clots 2.0: Developing Smarter Tools to Save Brain Tissue

Alexa Craig, MD – Neonatal and Pediatric Neurologist, MMP
Project: Keeping it Cool: Therapeutic Hypothermia to Prevent Brain Injury in Newborns

Matthew Siegel, MD – VP for Medical Affairs of Development Disorders, Maine
Matthew Goodwin, PhD – Behavioral Health & Associate Professor of Computer Science, Northeastern University
Project: Averting Trouble Ahead: An Algorithm for Predicting Aggression

Mary Ottolini, MD, MEd, MPH – Chair of Pediatrics
Michael Ferguson, MD – Pediatrician
Project: Neonatal Augmented Reality Simulation: Improving Outcomes at Rural Birthing Centers

Obieze Nwanna-Nzewunwa, MD, MSc – Resident, MMC
Project: Cervical Cancer: See It, Zap It and Prevent It

E. Vinny Seiverling, MD – Dermatologist, MMP
Project: Mapping Melanoma in Maine

Michaela Reagan, PhD – Faculty Scientist I, MMC Research Institute
Project: Focusing on Fat in Cancer

Peter Brooks, PhD – Faculty Scientist III, MMC Research Institute
Project: New Therapeutics to Reactivate the Body’s Immune System to Combat Cancer