On December 6, Health Innovation NW, a Washington non-profit group, held the Fourth Annual Seattle Health Innovators Awards Ceremony
at the Cambia Grove in Seattle. The Health Innovation NW event attracted nearly 150 people, honored 24 nominees, and celebrated the winners in four categories: Collaboration, Customer Focus, Imagination, and Perseverance. The Imagination
category brought in the largest number of nominations with a roster of twelve. First place was won by University of Washington neurosurgical resident, Lynn McGrath, MD
. Lynn and his team created PupilScreen, a phone-based app aiming to be a screening tool for traumatic brain injury such as concussion, not only useful in the hospital setting, but at the ball playing field. Second place was won by Shawn Iadonato, Ph.D.
, CEO of Kineta, a Seattle biotechnology company with several drugs in the pipeline, one which is a pain therapy acting on a physiologic pathway such that it would be a nonaddictive alternative to opioids.