How are DIY Medical Technologies accelerating the stealth ingenuity of nurses? Lori Melichar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Jose Gomez-Marquez of Little Devices at MIT will discuss the impact of inventive fabrication in health by nurses.
Director of the Little Devices lab, MIT
Senior Economist, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
José Gómez-Márquez is the program director for the Innovations in International Health (IIH) initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and cofounder of LDTC+Labs, a design and strategy consultancy for international development technology. Among the projects under his technology practice at IIH is the Aerovax Drug Delivery System, a device for mass delivery of inhalable drugs and vaccines to remote populations. His IIH invention portfolio also includes SafePilot, a wireless cane for the blind, and most recently, the X out TB program, which aims to increase tuberculosis-therapy adherence in developing countries using novel diagnostics and mobile technology. Recently, the group has developed the MEDIKit, a series of design building blocks that empower doctors and nurses in developing countries to invent medical technologies. The lab’s work has been profiled in Discover, Wired, and The Economist. Gómez-Márquez is also an instructor of MIT’s D-Lab: Health, a course on designing global health technologies.
Lori Melichar, Ph.D., M.A., is a labor economist and senior program officer in the Foundation’s Research and Evaluation Unit, working with the Pioneer Portfolio and Human Capital Portfolio. She currently manages grants in the Pioneer Portfolio that study how social networks impact health and health care. What excites Melichar the most about her work is “uncovering and motivating individuals in the networks that have the power to spread, implement, or expand pioneering ideas.”