Category Archives: HTA Events


HealthHacks Hackathon!

We invite you to join us for Columbia’s inaugural HealthHacks hackathon! In partnership with IBM Watson we will have a weekend full of cool hacks, GIVEAWAYS, PRIZES, and FOOD. In addition, STMicroelectronics, in close collaboration with IBM Watson, will provide lots of great hardware to work with. This is a great opportunity for YOU to meet IBMers and learn about all the interesting opportunities at the company.

You! (undergrads, grad students, health-sciences students, postdocs, medical residents)
April 8th 8:00AM – April 9th 8:00PM
Prizes: 1st-$2,000 2nd-$1,500 3rd-$1,00 (See bonus below)
Carleton Lounge, Columbia University
Sign up:
Facebook Event Link
IBM Job Links:

First 50 students who RSVP will receive additional giveaways from IBM!
Top 20 individuals will be invited to tour IBM Watson’s World Headquarters!


HTA & HCIA Present Jonathan Gordon of NYP Ventures – Strategic Investment in Health Technology

Come to an exciting speaker event with Jonathan Gordon – Director of NYP Ventures at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  The event will involve a lively discussion of the newly formed NYP Ventures as well as opportunities for involvement with NYP.  Afterwards there will be a networking happy hour.  The event is a must for those interested in the intersection of medicine, engineering, and business.

NYP Ventures is a small team within NewYork-­Presbyterian (NYP) that is responsible for tech transfer, strategic partnerships and venture investment, with the goals of improving the patient and clinician experience of care and fostering a culture of innovation. NYP Ventures collaborates closely with a wide range of stakeholders across the organization, including the Innovation Center/IT, the Investment Office, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Legal, Strategy, Finance, Strategic Sourcing, Population Health, Network and clinical leadership.


Where: Columbia University, Schapiro CEPSR, Davis Auditorium (530 West 120th Street – Enter through campus)

When: 11/9/16 6:30-8PM

RSVP: Here

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HTA Presents Dr. Paul Maddon

The Health Tech Assembly (HTA), Columbia’s collaborative community across the Medical, Engineering and Business Schools is excited to announce our next event on Monday, April 25th featuring Dr. Paul Maddon, the Founder and Vice Chairman of Progenics Pharmaceuticals.  
Following the event we will host an informal networking event at Arts & Crafts Beer Parlour.
Dr. Paul Maddon
Monday April 25th, 7:00PM
750 CEPSR Schapiro Building
Morningside Campus
What: HTA Speaker Series – an opportunity to interact with a pioneer and thought-leader in the biotech and pharmaceutical community. 
Who: Dr. Paul Maddon – Dr. Maddon founded Progenics Pharmaceuticals in 1986 while still an MD/PhD student here at Columbia.  During his career at Progenics, he collaborated on groundbreaking therapies targeting the role of CD4 and CCR5 receptors in HIV as well as commercializing new medicines in the areas of gastroenterology, oncology and infectious diseases.  Since retiring in 2012, he continues to serve as director and senior advisor for a number biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in addition to numerous philanthropic activities.  He is currently a Trustee at Columbia University. 
Why should you go:
  1. You want to hear from a remarkably successful scientist and entrepreneur.
  2. You want to hear more about the current healthcare, biotechnology, and entrepreunerial community in NYC
  3. You want to network with business, engineering, and medical students
  4. You want free food from Arts & Crafts Beer Parlour
When: Monday, April 25th @ 7:00PM
Where: 750 CEPSR Schapirio Building, Morningside Campus – Followed by Arts and Crafts Beer Parlour (117th/Amsterdam)
Please RSVP Here or at the link above. 
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HTA Presents: The Refinery with Lindsay Rosenwald from Fortress Biotech

Hello everyone!
We will be hosting an event that we call The Refinery on Wednesday, March 8th at 6:00 PM on the 20th floor of the Presbyterian Hospital building (PH20). Join us and Dr. Lindsay Rosenwald of Fortress Biotech, hear pitches from the audience or pitch your next big idea! RSVP for the event here.


The CEO of Fortress, Dr. Lindsay Rosenwald, has been a prolific and successful investor in the life sciences industry for over 20 years, and has started over 50 healthcare companies. He will be speaking to us about his experiences in the industry and about current career opportunities for people with a background/interest in medicine. Plus, you will have the opportunity to listen to the pitches of others and/or give an informal and brief (5 minute) pitch of your idea (at any stage of development). Lindsay Rosenwald, along with our audience will provide feedback for the purpose of refining your idea such that it is specific, valuable, and actionable. If you are interested in pitching please fill out this form or contact us ASAP at You will also have the opportunity to sign up to pitch at the event – just speak to one of the HTA representatives.


What: The Refinery with Lindsay Rosenwald
When: Wednesday March 8th, 6:00PM
Where: PH20, Presbyterian Hospital building, 622 West 168th Street
RSVP: Here


HTA & HCIA Present: Accelerator Corp – Challenges and Opportunities in Early Stage Biotech

Hello everyone!

Join us to hear David M. Schubert, COO of Accelerator Corp, talk about current opportunities and challenges in the early stage biotech industry and how his firm takes a unique approach to invest in this sector.
Accelerator is a biotechnology investment and management company with offices in New York City and Seattle. Investors in its fourth and most recent fund include Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer.
The presentation will be followed by Q&A and informal networking. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Accelerator Corp, the industry, and to meet other healthcare-focused entrepreneurs, clinicians and engineers.
RSVP is required at the link below.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28th, 5:45pm
WHERE: Columbia Business School, Uris 330

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HTA Presents: The Refinery

Hello everyone!

We will be hosting a new event called The Refinery on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 PM on the 20th floor of the Presbyterian Hospital building (PH20).  Lee Wrubel, a partner at the venture capital firm, Foundation Medical Partners, will join us for The Refinery.  RSVP for the event here.

At this event, you will have the opportunity to listen to the pitches of others and/or give an informal and brief (5 minute) pitch of your idea (at any stage of development).  Lee Wrubel, along with our audience will provide feedback for the purpose of refining your idea such that it is specific, valuable, and actionable.  If you are interested in pitching please contact us ASAP  You will also have the opportunity to sign up to pitch at the event – just speak to one of the HTA representatives.

What: The Refinery with Lee Wrubel
When: Wednesday April 1st, 7:00PM
Where: PH20, Presbyterian Hospital building, 622 West 168th Street

HTA treks to Harlem Biospace

On Tuesday, February 24th, Sam Sia, the founder of Harlem Biospace, will speak on his experience as a biomedical entrepreneur and startups in NYC.

Limited spots available!! RSVP required at link below. Also, join us for a social afterwards.

Harlem Biospace (Hb) is a first-of-its kind biotech incubator in NYC, offering wet-lab space to early-stage startups.



HTA and CORE present – H@cking Health: A How-To

HTA (Health Tech Assembly) and CORE (Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs) present H@cking Health: A How-to.

At this event you will hear from exciting companies in the areas of:


Health analytics and decision support – Hindsait

Care coordination – BoardRounds

Consumer Health/Devices – Opticology


These companies will discuss their product/service and also present industry challenges that you can tackle in your own ideas!  You will have the opportunity to meet people with medical, business, and engineering backgrounds that could be your co-founder!

HTA Workshop featuring Zack Schildhorn of Lux Capital

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Hello everyone!

We’re reaching out to let you know about the next Health Tech Assembly event on Thursday, April 24th. Our speaker for the evening is Zack Schildhorn, Vice President & Director of Operations at Lux Capital, who will speak with the entire group about health care investing and work with those in the launcher track on crafting “elevator pitches” for informal interactions with potential investors. The response to our last meeting was extremely positive, and we are very much looking forward to another great session!

This event will also be our last workshop of the year, where attendees will have the opportunity to choose from two tracks:

  • The Explorer Track is for those who are looking to brainstorm and network with other entrepreneurial-minded colleagues from different schools.
  • The Launcher Track caters to those who have an established group or business idea, from either a past HTA workshop or outside of HTA, and are looking for mentorship, guidance and networking opportunities. As mentioned above, Zack will be helping the launchers with their elevator pitches.

At the end of the workshop, those interested will have the chance to pitch their ideas for a chance to win an iPad. Since this is the final session of the year, we will be handing out these prizes at the end of the event. We’ll provide food and drinks as well.

What: Health Tech Assembly Workshop with special guest Zack Schildhorn
Where: Carleton Lounge, Mudd Building, 1210 Amsterdam Avenue (West 120th Street)
When: Thursday, April, 24th, 6:30PM
RSVP: Eventbrite


See the attached flyer for details and make sure to RSVP.  Also, feel free to forward the invite to anyone from the CU community!

Thanks for your support thus far. We hope to see you on the 24th!


the HTA team